Nina Elizabeth Thomas was born in Orillia, Ontario on April 8, 1914, the elder daughter of Mary Jane Ross and Theodore Thomas. The Thomas family moved from Orillia to the Temiskaming area, where Nina was educated. On August 30, 1939 Nina married John (“Johnny”) Vander Vliet and joined him in the family bakery located in Parry Sound and later in New Liskeard. Their baked bread and goodies were well known and patronized until the mid 1960s when they retired and sold the bakery. Johnny’s poor health overtook him in 1969 when he predeceased Nina. Nina then went on to work for the Temiskaming Health Unit screening children in the schools for audio and visual concerns. Nina loved to travel and enjoyed a number of trips to the U.S., British Isles, and Europe, as well as time in Florida with her sister Verna, and brother-in-law Reginald Turnbull, both of whom predeceased her. On July 21, 1972 Nina married George McCarty and before his illness they enjoyed boating, hunting, fishing and gardening together. In January, 1987 George predeceased Nina. Throughout Nina’s life, music was a constant, singing and playing the piano for relaxation, at the Northdale manor and at Christmas family gatherings. She was also a life long member of St. Paul’s Congregation, and active in the United Church Women, and the church choir. A high point of her life was her work in the Eastern Star where she was its pianist, and a loyal member for many years. She was also involved in the Rebekahs and a member of the Temiskaming Community Choir in its early years. Nina lived happily at the Northdale Manor for the past eight years. On June 16 she died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 93 years at the Temiskaming Hospital. Funeral service in the care of Perrin Funeral Chapel, and celebration of life, took place on June 19 at St. Paul’s United Church with Reverend Frank Cummins officiating. Pallbearers were grandchildren Dana Dodds, Terry and Julie Phillips, Chantal Durling, Jocelyn Shaver and Renée Robert. Nina leaves surviving her three stepdaughters Dorothy (George Dodds), Janet Leveille and Peggy (Roger) Beauchamp, as well as 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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