Parker, Nancy

PARKER, Nancy

1926 - 2022

Nancy Lillian Parker (née Brown)

13 janvier 1926 - 7 juin 2022

NANCY LILLIAN PARKER Après une longue vie amusante, significative et aventureuse, Nancy Parker est décédée le 7 juin 2022 à l'Hôpital général d'Ottawa, à l'âge de 96 ans. Nancy laisse dans le deuil ses trois enfants, Judith, Nicholas et Nigel (Rhona) ; ses petits-enfants Justin (Alana), Sanjay, Tegan et Yasmin ; et son arrière-petit-enfant, Jonah. Nancy est née à Shimla, en Inde, le 13 janvier 1926, bien que son foyer spirituel soit le Gloucestershire, en Angleterre, où elle a passé une grande partie de son enfance et où son défunt et bien-aimé frère Gerald Brown a exploité une ferme sur l'escarpement bucolique de Cotswold pendant une grande partie de sa vie, rejoint dans ses années de retraite par son autre défunt frère, Geoffrey. Nancy a fréquenté la Cheltenham School for Girls avant d'étudier les soins infirmiers et la physiothérapie au King's College de Londres pendant et après la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Elle a perdu son frère aîné, et troisième, pendant la guerre. Mariée à Gerald Rhode Parker, Nancy s'installe à Chypre en 1964, où elle rencontre des Canadiens servant dans la force de maintien de la paix des Nations Unies.

En 1970, Nancy, désormais mère célibataire, remonte le fleuve Saint-Laurent pour commencer une nouvelle vie au Canada. Elle s'installe d'abord à Brampton, en Ontario, puis déménage rapidement à Ottawa où elle fonde un foyer. Peu de temps après, ses trois enfants l'ont rejointe, venant de pensionnats en Angleterre. Il s'agit d'une adaptation massive pour toutes les personnes concernées, mais Nancy apprend à être un soutien de famille, à embrasser son pays d'adoption et tout ce qu'il offre, comme le ski de fond et les vacances au chalet. Nancy avait des amis et des admirateurs de tous les milieux, orientations et âges, prenant le temps de parcourir le monde avec ceux qui lui étaient les plus chers.

En travaillant comme physiothérapeute, d'abord à l'Hôpital Montfort, où elle était chef de service, puis à l'Hôpital général d'Ottawa, Nancy a été surprise de constater que la physiothérapie n'avait pas beaucoup évolué depuis qu'elle était étudiante. Cela a précipité l'exploration de nouveaux modes de guérison, ce qui a conduit Nancy à découvrir la méthode Feldenkrais™. Comme un canard à l'eau, Nancy s'est immergée dans les études de Moshe Feldenkrais, pendant plus de quatre ans en gardant un emploi stable tout en suivant une formation intense en personne. Son application de la Feldenkrais Method™ à l'Ottawa General a connu un tel succès que l'administration a accepté d'ouvrir la première clinique Feldenkrais financée par l'État dans le monde. À sa retraite, Nancy s'est lancée dans la pratique privée, explorant et appliquant la Feldenkrais Method™ de manière toujours plus approfondie, aidant à guérir d'innombrables personnes, dont beaucoup avaient des problèmes de mobilité apparemment insolubles. Elle a vu des clients jusqu'à ses 90 ans, travaillant depuis sa jolie maison dans le quartier New Edinburgh d'Ottawa.

Bien que son travail de pionnière de la Feldenkrais Method™ au Canada ait fini par définir Nancy, elle avait beaucoup d'autres intérêts et talents, notamment en tant qu'actrice - dans les années 1980, Nancy était sur scène dans trois pièces du célèbre Ottawa Little Theatre. Elle aimait jardiner, appréciait la musique et l'art, s'intéressait aux sports, adorait les longues promenades dans la nature et avait toujours une pile de livres sur le pouce. Nancy s'identifiait comme chrétienne, mais explorait le bouddhisme et d'autres traditions spirituelles avec une grande curiosité.

Nancy a vécu une vie bien remplie et inspirante. Son sens de l'humour, son intelligence très intuitive, son amour des autres et son énergie profonde l'ont maintenue en vie. Elle était célèbre pour avoir dit à plusieurs de ses petits-enfants que la chose la plus importante qu'elle avait apprise était qu'"il y a toujours un autre moyen" et de ne jamais abandonner. Une célébration de la vie de Nancy aura lieu à une date ultérieure, probablement à Ottawa à l'automne. Les dons au Fonds Nancy Parker/Feldenkrais, hébergé à l'Université d'Ottawa, en sa mémoire seraient appréciés https://uottawa.syntosolution.com/api/downloadDocumentation/8236


15 messages reçus

All the Parker family and the Brown families

Nancy had the most amazing spirit and fabulous sense of style and humour. We were privileged to have had the chance to spend some time with her mostly in the UK and admired her chutzpah, her gift of healing and her love of family. We send you all our deep sympathy at your loss; we share the feeling of disorientation that comes with losing a mother, a matriarch, a trend setter, an innovator and all the other aspects of Nancy's life and character which made her so unique. Her spirit lives on in all of you and we hope that brings comfort in the coming days as you navigate the gap Nancy leaves in the world, and in your worlds. With love Doug and Trish xx
London, UK.

Douglas Board and Tricia Sibbons, le 9 juin 2022

All the Parker family and the Brown families

Nancy had the most amazing spirit and fabulous sense of style and humour. We were privileged to have had the chance to spend some time with her mostly in the UK and admired her chutzpah, her gift of healing and her love of family. We send you all our deep sympathy at your loss; we share the feeling of disorientation that comes with losing a mother, a matriarch, a trend setter, an innovator and all the other aspects of Nancy's life and character which made her so unique. Her spirit lives on in all of you and we hope that brings comfort in the coming days as you navigate the gap Nancy leaves in the world, and in your worlds. With love Doug and Trish xx
London, UK.

Douglas Board and Tricia Sibbons, le 9 juin 2022

Family of Nancy Parker

Nancy was one of the most wonderful people I have ever known. Her compassion and kindness, as well as her extraordinary dedication to her profession, her loyalty to her friends, and her desire to share what she learned, are outstanding characteristics rarely combined in one person. Have I forgotten to mention her sense of humour?

She was an excellent physiotherapist, superb Feldenkrais practitioner and sterling friend. Her interest in the arts and in the world around her was expansive and eclectic. As a human being, she was warm-hearted and extremely generous. I miss her greatly and think of her often. She was and is unmatched. The world is poorer without her.

My sincerest condolences on her passing. I am convinced that her joyful spirit remains with us. It has certainly inspired me and everyone she ever encountered in this life. My heart goes out to you all.

Esther Cleman, le 10 juin 2022

Judith, Nigel, and Nicholas Parker

You have my deepest sympathy on the death of dear Nancy, your mother. What a blessing her friendship was to me over the many years I knew her. A remarkable, complex, intelligent woman of depth and grace. A healer of body, mind, and spirit with a great sense of fun and laughter, Nancy was a central figure in a group of eight or so women that got together reguarly for several years to tell their stories, celebrate one another, feast together, talk about anything and everything, and, sometimes, just be daft together. What sustaining memories I have of those times we all shared. I celebrate how she lived her abundant, multi-faceted life and rejoice in having known her.
You three were ever in her caring thoughts and feelings, as were her beloved grand children.
Every good wish to you, Jenny Waterman

Jenny Waterman, le 10 juin 2022

Judith, Nigel, and Nicholas Parker

Nancy was a true "Mensch" and we, her neighbors, will dearly miss her. I will never forget the day when Nancy (already 90+ years old) invited my mother Xenia (a young 87 year old) to have a Feldenkrais session with her. My mother stated it worked like a charm - and I am still not sure if it was the treatment itself or the fact that my mom was so impressed that somebody Nancy's age would still be working.
Our sincerest condolences.
Frida, Nelly, Sarah, Xenia, Helmut and Daniela

Daniela, le 14 juin 2022

Nigel, Nicholas & Judith

My heart goes out to you all on the loss of your wonderful mother Nancy. My dear, dear friend is gone. I am remembering with love the many laughs and good times we shared. The travels and adventures-some daring, some not. I will miss you dear friend, you were one of a kind.
With much love, Marion Harris

Marion Harris, le 14 juin 2022

Judith, Nick and Nigel and families

Sending you all my deepest sympathy. We've lost a great woman and a gifted healer. A devoted and true friend to my mother Sally to the very end, and so to the rest of the Morrows. I'm remembering the laughs and songs they shared for decades... you always knew it was Nancy on the phone because my mother would be smiling and laughing the minute she picked up. She healed my mother and helped put her on a new path, with her care and love, and with Feldenkrais. I will always carry her influence in my bones... I love you Nancy. Rest in Peace.
Teresa Morrow

Teresa Morrow, le 15 juin 2022

Nancy’s Family

It is with sadness we heard of Nancy’s passing . We truly enjoyed knowing her and looked forward to visits when she would come to Nova Scotia and when we travelled to Ottawa. Her amazing work in her healing and treatment of so many people was well known. Nigel, Rhona, Judith , Nick and grandchildren our condolences to you all. God bless her and may she rest in eternal peace. Love, Sharon and Gus macInnis


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Sharon and Gus macInnis, le 18 juin 2022

Nancy's family

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Nancy. I was not a close friend, but I started seeing her as a Feldenkrais client in 1982, and we reconnected several times over many years, including when I took Nancy for a flight in a hot air balloon. She not only helped me through her gentle healing therapy, she tried to teach me many of the lessons I think she enjoyed sharing: take care of yourself, both physically and mentally; stay open to new experiences; don't suffer fools.

I hope you are consoled by what a wonderful, full life she had. She spoke of you often with deep love.

Mary Anne Stevens, le 19 juin 2022

Judith, Nicholas and Nigel

For so many years, particularly our time together at St. John's, your Mum was a dear friend and companion. I remember much laughter when your Mum came for dinner, as she told story after story. She was also totally amazing, as you know, when she practised Feldenkrais. I think she was about half way through her training when I had a wildly inflamed hip. She came to our house after work -- she was at the General and we live very close by, and she had me lie on the living room floor. After about an hour of "fiddling" as she called it then, my bursitis was miraculously healed. And it has never returned. To me, it was a miracle. I continued to enjoy your Mum's healing hands for many years, in that little room at the top of the stairs. There is a hole in my heart. Nancy Parker was one of a kind, and a kind one. I loved your Mum and am sorry I have been so out of touch lately. Sending love to all of you. Heather

Heather Mallett, le 19 juin 2022

Judith, Nicholas and Nigel

For so many years, particularly our time together at St. John's, your Mum was a dear friend and companion. I remember much laughter when your Mum came for dinner, as she told story after story. She was also totally amazing, as you know, when she practised Feldenkrais. I think she was about half way through her training when I had a wildly inflamed hip. She came to our house after work -- she was at the General and we live very close by, and she had me lie on the living room floor. After about an hour of "fiddling" as she called it then, my bursitis was miraculously healed. And it has never returned. To me, it was a miracle. I continued to enjoy your Mum's healing hands for many years, in that little room at the top of the stairs. There is a hole in my heart. Nancy Parker was one of a kind, and a kind one. I loved your Mum and am sorry I have been so out of touch lately. Sending love to all of you. Heather

Heather Mallett, le 19 juin 2022

Judith Parker and her brothers

Although I was not an intimate friend of Nancy, I did know her for several decades, always being impressed by her amiability, love of life and dedication to the healing arts. She was my physiotherapist in the late 1970s at the old location of the Ottawa General Hospital treating me for a damaged fifth vertebrae. It was my first experience to feel a physiotherapist's welcoming, nimble hands – thankfully, hers - manipulate and assuage an important part of my body that had caused me so much pain since a fall down a staircase in my adolescence.

A few years later soon after Nancy became a practitioner of Feldenkrais, I registered for one of her group classes, marveling at some of the sensations and phenomena I experienced, all the while being transfixed by her comitted, dynamic, and careful instructions as to how and what to move. Whenever Nancy spoke of Feldenkrais, she spoke of the practice with love, firm belief and satisfaction in its powers and was always proud of her expertise and dedication to this healing art. I imagine she was one of the best to have ever practiced it.

In later years, I got to know Nancy better through Judith, thus would see her in the context of family dinners and gatherings, including a Christmas dinner at Nancy’s when I distinctly remember her urging us all to write up or tell our life stories. (I see from a message above that she did this in social settings with her friends.) Judith invited me and her mother around for dinner a few times, and Nancy would pick me up in her car to get there. Now, in the late 2000s – even earlier - Nancy should probably no longer have been driving but drive she did! All the while she was continually facing me to chat and chuckle away, she would weave this way and that across the Parkway, her attitude being perhaps that if we were to crash or even die in a car accident, we would do so with zest! She was often so amusing. In the last five years I dined with her at Judith's and at her house. She would still rave about Feldenkrais and her travels and adventures associated with it. The last time I met with her at her house, I saw she had a wonderful collection of art, about which she would have gladly talked for hours.

I read the novel, Siddhartha, years ago, the river ferryman telling the prince that humanity’s time on earth was akin to the almost endless flow of the river, each life a simple, brief ripple. Yes, but Nancy's life was a ripple that always glistened. I will remember her as such.
Robert Frederick Tatlow

Robert Frederick Tatlow, le 19 juin 2022

Judith and all Nancy's family

I just learned of Nancy's passing, and wish to offer my deepest condolences to you Judith and all Nancy's extended family and friends. I knew Nancy as the most inspirational, passionate, and trail-blazing Feldenkrais practitioner. She was one of the first to bring the method to Ottawa, and she helped countless people, clients, practitioners, and trainees. She was a towering icon in the community for everyone who knew her. She may have left us now in bodily form, but her legacy lives on in those she inspired, mentored, taught, and helped through life. She was a rare, special, and unforgettable person. I have the finest memories and deepest respect for who she was and I will be forever grateful for every opportunity I had to work with her and learn from her in this life.

Karen Meredith, le 19 juin 2022

Judith and family

I am so sorry to hear about the death of your mother though it does seem that she lived life to the full, making the most of every opportunity! I know I first met her at St Helen’s about 55 years ago but my clearest memories are of the couple of times I saw her in Canada. I will never forget the warm welcome she gave me when I joined your family gathering at the cottage in the Gatineau Lakes, and was introduced to the delights of playing Sequence. We also had a lovely ride sharing stories in a pedalo and laughing raucously. Another special memory is the wonderful painted field of poppies in the downstairs toilet in her house in Ottawa. I am so pleased I had the chance to spend some time with her and get to know her a little.
Sending you and your family love and good wishes at this sad time.
Take care
Liz

Liz Barton, le 24 juin 2022

All the Parker & Brown Families

Trailblazer and one-of-a-kind !! dear Nancy has left a lasting legacy to her grandchildren through her tremendous spirit, tenacity and courage! Deepest condolences to Judith, Nigel and Nick and the family.

Nidhi , le 25 juin 2022

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