December 24, 1945 - January 16, 2024
In loving memory of
Nina Vivian MacDonald passed away peacefully the morning of January 16, 2024 in Aldergrove, BC. Born in Clinton, Ontario, December 24, 1945, Nina lived a wonderful life. She completed nurses training in Lamont, Alberta. Her career as a Registered Nurse led her to settle in Vancouver, and she often reminisced about her hippie days in Kitsilano. For over 30 years Nina enjoyed serving as the dedicated manager of the VGH/ Lions Laser Skin Care Centre, working all the way until the age of 70. Despite the professional nature of her career, she still managed to maintain her hippie spirit and loved dressing in "funky" clothes whenever she had the chance, especially her sparkly hat. In her spare time Nina dabbled in just about every hobby you could imagine, from singing with the Maple Leaf Singers Choir to synchronized swimming and scuba diving. In retirement she enjoyed paddling with a local seniors' dragon boat team and couldn't wait to show off her medals when she returned home from regattas.
Above all else, Nina loved, supported and was fiercely proud of her family. She never missed her grandkids' soccer games, dance recitals, or band concerts. She also made sure to stock up on "things people might need" from the PNE Marketplace every summer. Most importantly, she showed them how to maintain a positive attitude and embrace whatever challenges life threw their way with open arms, maintaining "what will be, will be; and it will all work out in the end". Even as her health declined with Alzheimer's disease, Nina remained positive and never let her condition stop her from smiling, singing, and dancing.
Predeceased by her brother John, she is survived by her brother Donald and sister Laura, daughter Megan (Alex), grandchildren Tyler and Stephanie (Mike) and great-grandson Bowen; the latest addition to the family wasn't the only thing that made her a "great" grandma. A private celebration of life will be held with the family. Donations can be made in Nina's memory to the Alzheimer Society of BC.