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KINSMAN: “Nan” (McClung) of Brussels, formerly of Ottawa

Posted By Haskett Funeral Home On July 30, 2020 @ 1:09 PM In Obituary,Seaforth | 7 Comments

KINSMAN: “Nan” (McClung) of Brussels, formerly of Ottawa

Passed peacefully at Huronlea home for the aged, Brussels, on Wednesday July 29, 2020 at the age of 90.

Beloved wife of the late Doug Kinsman (2017) for 65 years. Dearly missed by his daughter Sara Kinsman and partner Dave Read. Cherishing memories of their special grandma are Lydia Kinsman and Owen Matthews. Dear sister-in-law of Annabelle McClung. Predeceased by bothers and sister-in-law Garth and Clara McClung, and Ian McClung.

Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Home, Seaforth (519-527-1390). 

Donations to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

Memories from the family…

Memories from Sara:

My mother, Nan Kinsman, always set a fine example for me when I was growing up.
I remember her always being kind to others. She always noticed when a new person or family showed up at church and invited them to lunch. (Maybe that came from being a minister’s daughter).  She was very active in church women’s groups and the church choir. She also sang in the Centennial Choir in Ottawa, performing on Parliament Hill in 1967 for Canada’s 100th birthday. 

When I was growing up she sewed and knitted all our clothes.  I did not always appreciate this, especially in high school, when I saved my money to buy the jeans the other kids wore.  For her grandchildren she made elegant smocked clothing as well. Her quilts, quilted clothing, and wall hangings showed her artistic side.

Mother was always there when I needed her.  She would drop everything and come across the province to help with the kids if needed, looking after Owen right after I had Lydia, and coming to look after kids with chicken pox who couldn’t go to daycare while I was at work.

I was privileged to have such a caring mother!

Memories from Lydia:

I have many wonderful memories with my grandmother.  I have fond memories of spending a week with her each summer as a child.  It was then that she taught me how to sew.  We would work together on a new sewing project each summer.  She was also an excellent chef and would make my favourite dishes each time I visited.  She was patient and caring, and I strive to exhibit the same qualities.  She will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Memories from Owen:

I have many fond memories of my grandmother, Nan Kinsman. She was the kindest, most loving grandma that any grandson could hope for. Some of my best childhood memories are of spending many Christmases at her and Grandpa’s house in Ottawa. She always made the most delicious, traditional home-cooked Christmas dinners that made the holidays so memorable. On other occasions, she taught me some cooking and how to bake pies from scratch. She always took an interest in my life and in watching my sister and me grow up. I cherish all the years we visited her in Florida to escape the Canadian winter and the summer visits to Ottawa. I remember her being cheerful and caring, and I will miss her a lot.

Condolences for the family of “KINSMAN: “Nan” (McClung) of Brussels, formerly of Ottawa”

Condolence from Ann and Jim Read on July 31st, 2020 6:13 PM

Sara: We are saddened to know you have lost your Mother.
May all the memories you hold dear, comfort you in this crazy upside down world we are experiencing.
Ann and Jim Read

Condolence from Kathryn A Annis on August 1st, 2020 9:19 PM

Dear Sara,
I remember fondly many Sunday roast beef dinners at your house. I also recall that the three of us, as teenagers, couldn’t wait to escape from the table.

May you find comfort in your loss. Your mother was a wonderful woman.

Kathy MacKenzie-Annis

Condolence from Ross & Helen Daboll on August 1st, 2020 9:23 PM

Our sincere sympathy on the passing of Nan. We have fond memories of dinners with Nan,Doug and Sara when we lived in a Ottawa and we enjoyed having them in the same building in Florida. Nan was a kind, caring person and we will remember her fondly.
Sincere Condolences ,Ross & Helen Daboll

Condolence from Jayne & René Bilodeau on August 1st, 2020 9:32 PM

Our sincere sympathy to Sara,Dave,Owen and Lydia on the passing of your mother and grandmother. René and I have many fond memories of happy times in Ottawa with the kinsman family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. We will always remember the kind, caring person that Nan was.
Sincerely,Jayne & René Bilodeau

Condolence from Mary Rosebrugh on August 2nd, 2020 8:04 PM

Dear Sara,
Your Mother will always be remembered as my CGIT leader and then as a friend for many years. I always marveled at her beautiful quilted jackets and lovely knitted sweaters. She was a talented woman in so many ways. You will all miss her, I know.
With sincere sympathy to you and your family in your bereavement.

Mary Rosebrugh

Condolence from Stephanie Wilton-Duncan on August 2nd, 2020 10:34 PM

Sara; So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Owen and Lydia. I will always remember our teen years and spending time at your home in Ottawa, we were 2 of the 5 S’s. Your mom kept a beautiful home and it was alway a place of welcome and warmth. She had a gift of hospitality and was a gracious hostess. May you find comfort in all the memories you hold close to your heart.
Peace to you,
Stephanie Wilton-Duncan,
Niagara Falls

Condolence from Win & Eileen Smith on August 3rd, 2020 5:28 PM

Our sincere sympathy, Sara in the loss of your mother.

I shared many women’s group meetings, and other things with Nan as we worshipped together at Bromley. Your parents usually sat right behind us in church.

Although that was some time ago, I remember your Mother as a fun, caring woman. As well as meetings we also did quilting together when we worked on the quilted wall hanging that hangs in the church.

She will be missed by many and she touched so many,,

Our prayers are with you, in your loss. Sincerely, Win & Eileen Smith

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