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It is with indescribable sadness that I must inform Southern Vancouver Island that: NANCY ROBERTA MILLS (born 02 May 1952) died at Cowichan District Hospital on March 7th, 2015 of an unsuspected, untreated cancer which she was unable to overcome with the resources she had available. She fought longer and harder than any of us knew or suspected and if we knew, we could have offered more and better support.

Nancy hated to bother anybody even when she needed help.

In school, Nancy was the shy, wimpy kid who the brats and bullies picked on, however it turns out she turned out better than all of them, because she grew up to be beautiful, intelligent, talented and KIND.

It was my good fortune to share forty years of events, places and friends with her, especially music, musicians and other exceptionally talented artistic people.

Nancy’s father, Clayton Mills was an marquetry perfectionist, an electronic technician and an appreciative organist. Nancy’s uncle, Don Kerr, was the local postmaster and a well-known musician and choir director. Nancy, Clayton, and Don, all possessed fine keyboard instruments, and in their honor it is proposed to present a free memorial keyboard concert which will be announced in the future.

All will be welcome, especially people with a connection to the “older” music of their youth and loves.

I would sincerely like to thank the many people who have offered me their condolences and support.

We have all lost a lovely lady, supporter, inspiration and friend. Robert Paul Spleiter Duncan, BC 11 May 2015

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