Goldie Willomena Nahorney (nee Serack)
August 29, 1927 – May 11,2019
“Be bold, colourful, and daring. Paint what moves you and don’t be surprised if others get the message.” Goldie Nahorney, lovingly known to her family as “Nan”, laid down her paint brush forever on May 11,2019 in Kamloops, British Columbia.
Goldie was born on August 29, 1927 in Perdue, Saskatchewan. She moved to B.C. in her late teens and then returned home and married John Benjamin (Benny) Bjerke in June 1946. Out of that love were born Eldon Bennard and Laverne (Sophie) Dorothy. Goldie, Benny and the children would return to B.C. in 1955 until Benny’s death in November 1976.
Fate would call Goldie back to Saskatchewan where she met and married William (Bill) Nahorney in September 1979. The love of B.C. kept pulling her back and the two of them would live in Vancouver, Likely, and Kamloops while enjoying many long vacations through North and Central America. That was until Bill’s passing in 2010.
Painting was Nan’s passion which she did professionally since 1968. She won several Jurors’, Peoples, and Artists Choice Awards. She spent twenty years travelling through North and Central America and studied pastels and oils with noted Mazatlan artist Guillermo Kelly for six months each year. Nan was a member of the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Community Arts Council of Kamloops, K.W.M.A., and the Federation of Canadian Artists where she received her Active Status in 2003. She had several independent shows with her paintings appearing in the United Kingdom, United States and Mexico.
To her family Nan was always full of fun and taught us how to embrace life to the fullest.
Goldie is survived by Eldon (Joyce) and Sophie as well as two grandchildren, Erin (Doug) and Leif (Lesley) and her precious boy, her great-grandchild, Brayden.
In keeping with Goldie’s wishes there will be no funeral service. On the first day of summer please join the family in raising a glass of mimosa in her memory.
“May the heavens above be painted with her rainbows of colour for all to see.”
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