MILNE, Nordis (Nonny) (nee Hesthammer)
of Comox, British Columbia passed away at her home with her husband James at her side on March 7th, 2012 after a struggle with cancer.
Nonny was born in New York, New York to Ingolv and Noreen Hesthammer and grew up in North Vancouver. Nonny attended UBC and obtained a combined degree in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, a field in which she worked for a number of years at Sunny Hill Hospital in Vancouver. While raising her children, Jessica and Michael, Nonny worked at the Mother Nature Health Food Store in Comox. Nonny found her calling as a therapist in 2000, training and supporting healthcare professionals in group homes on the northern part of Vancouver Island and Powell River. A member of the Comox Valley art community, Nonny was an accomplished painter and long standing board member of the Comox Valley Art Gallery in Courtenay.
Nonny is survived by her husband James, second mother Margaret on Gabriola Island, brother Jeffery (Solange) in Pemberton, sister Margit in Vancouver, daughter Jessica (Greg) and grandchildren Thomas and Norah in Victoria, and son Michael (Rita) and grandchild Russell in Comox, along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in Canada and Norway.
Nonny loved her many pets, playing with her grandchildren, providing health care for her numerous clients and friends. Nonny was respected and loved dearly by her family and friends.
“A God who talks to you in your own language, a God whose face peeps at you from every flower and scrub and blade of grass. Then you shall say, ‘I am free! I am clothed in the gossamer Spirit; I fly from earth to heaven on wings of light.’ And what joy will consume your being!” From the Savings of Paramahansa Yogananda.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 3:00-5:00pm at the Florence Filberg Centre (upstairs), 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay, BC.
In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choosing.