Wanda Evelyn Gillian Nunan
1931 - 2016
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NUNAN, Wanda Evelyn Gillian It is with heavy hearts the Nunan Family announces the sudden passing of our beloved mother and friend Wanda Evelyn Gillian Nunan (née Brown). Born on June 23, 1931 to William Ellis Brown and Evelyn Hattie Brown in Prestatyn, Wales. At the age of 26, Wanda moved to Cape Town, South Africa and then Kenya in 1957 where she worked for East Africa Air. While in Nairobi, Kenya, she met and wed Thomas Desmond Nunan in 1959 and the newlyweds moved and settled in Eldoret, Kenya, where Tom Nunan worked for the Kenyan Government as a civil engineer. After the birth of two sons, Peter Ross, 1960, and Richard William, 1961, Wanda and the family moved back to Wales for a short time and gave birth to daughter, Evelyn Mary in 1962. With the wonderer bug still entrenched, Wanda and family moved to Victoria, BC Canada as their plans were to emigrate to Australia. But Wanda and the family fell in love with Victoria where they settled and had their last child, John Wayne in 1964. After the sudden passing of her husband in 1967, Wanda lived the rest of her life in Victoria and raised the four children on her own. Wanda is survived by 6 grandchildren, Ella Sigrid, Gillian Paula, Thomas John, Peter Ross, Francesca Clare-Caribou, and Isabel Tigoni Caribou who were a major sense of celebration and joy in her life. An avid duplicate bridge player and Life Master, gardener, Wimbledon fan and a traveler of over 20 countries, Wanda had a unique way and loved to celebrate things - including her 80th birthday in Victoria which was attended by family and friends who travelled from 4 different continents. An original equalist where she believed women were equal with men before the concept became fashion, Wanda raised 4 children by herself when Tom suddenly passed away in 1967. Wanda (nee -the Wanderer) passed on to her children her love and zest for travel (combined, her children have traveled to more than 100 countries), independence and stubbornness. Her children, although unorthodox at times, carry with them a zeal for life and all its adventures as evidenced by her children for the time being residing in Dundas, Ontario, La Paz, Mexico, Sydney, Australia and Dawson City, Yukon. Wanda passed suddenly but peacefully in the Royal Jubilee hospital during the very early morning on Sunday, June 26, 2016 after receiving the finest care possible. The Nunan family is grateful to the entire Jubilee staff who were simply 'the top shelf.' Even though the family was spread over 3 different continents, Wanda was able to speak with all her children, grandchildren and some relatives in England. Always doing things in style, before Wanda's Brexit her final thoughts were that she could once again be with her late husband Tom after 49 years of waiting to teach him how to play bridge - and bid 7 no trump! A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 8th, 2016 at 2:00 PM at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1155 Fort Street, Victoria BC. The Nunan family would like to thank all family, friends and loved ones for their support and love. - The Nunan Clan.




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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Jun. 30 to Jul. 2, 2016.
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July 1, 2016
Dear Ross; Richard; Mary; and Johnny: You have all my support and I am thinking of you all. Early memories for me of your courageous mother from 10-mile point days. If there is anything that you need, let me know. It's nice how your parents can be playing bridge together now. I'm at: robin.peacetech@gmail.com Yours, Robin Pettyfer
Robin Pettyfer
June 30, 2016
Maryann Amiss
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