Nancy Azalea Reid
Nancy Azalea Reid
Nancy Azalea Orser was born on January 14, 1956, to Basil and
Freeda Orser of Carlisle, N.B. She graduated from Hartland High School
in 1974 and attended the Saint John School of Nursing (Class of ’76).
She passed away at home, after a courageous battle with cancer,
surround by her loved ones on January 28, 2019.
Family was her passion and nursing was her calling. During her
35+ year career, she practiced as an RN at Carleton Memorial Hospital,
Hartland Medical Clinic, Northern Carleton Hospital, Extra-Mural
Program, Houlton Regional Hospital, Central Carleton Nursing Home, and
Upper River Valley Hospital. She cared deeply for her patients and
especially loved her time as a Labour and Delivery nurse, where she
could be found cuddling babies at all hours of the night.
Nancy married C.R. « Brent » Clark in 1975. Brent and
Nancy shared a love for music and sang together often; they raised
their young family in Riverbank, N.B. until Brent succumbed to cancer
in 1987. Their family included daughters Melanie Sleep (Darren) of
Ottawa, Michelle Oakes (Jason) of Hartland and Megan Renouf (Peter) of
In 1990, Nancy wed Roy Reid. After several years in Riverbank,
they moved to Hartland. Nancy loved a get-together, hosting many
gatherings in her home. A proud fireman’s wife, she looked forward to
seeing Carleton County pass by from her post at the Fireman’s
Tradeshow BBQ each Spring. She loved to travel and had many close
friends whom she would join for vacations, shopping excursions, a game
of cards, or roving the countryside for dinner. She counted the days
until cottage season at East Grand Lake, where she enjoyed a good
book, hosting friends and family, baking cinnamon rolls, and
copiloting the ski boat.
As her daughters grew and married, Nancy relished her expanding
family, with the eventual addition of ten grandchildren: Elijah,
Benjamin and Anna Sleep; Megan Michaud, Taylor, Samuel and Jamie
Oakes; and Alexander, Claire and Sophie Renouf. Nancy followed the
sports careers of her children and grandchildren and was often found
on the sidelines at a basketball or football game, even in her last
Nancy is the younger sister of Norman Orser (Venita). Many happy
times were spent with their two families together in their homes, on
trips, and at the cottage. She took joy in spending time with her
nieces and nephews as they grew up and expanded their own families:
Jaime Smith (Aaron); Jeremy Orser (Karine); Traci Johnston (Brent);
Julie Diaz (Alvaro); Rachel (Matt) Sarty; Mitchell Clark and Jocelyn
Clark along with the 7 nieces and nephews she gained when she married
Roy. She always enjoyed the company of her family including her
brothers-in-law: Stuart Clark (Kelly), Owen Reid (Carolyn), Wayne Reid
(Joanne) and the late Horace Reid (Maria). She shared a sisterly bond
with her cousin, Jean Hallett.
Nancy loved God and her church family. Her faith was important
and gave her strength and purpose. She loved to serve in music,
playing piano and organ and providing special music, at times with her
family. Enduring loss of loved ones, she found comfort in her faith
and knew as she herself became ill that she would be enjoying eternity
in Heaven with those who had gone ahead of her. Her daughters and Roy,
along with special family and friends, cared for her as she finished
life’s journey at home.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks to her palliative
care team at the DECH, Dr. Gillis-Doyle, Dr. Goodyear, and Dr.
MacDonald; also, to Dr. Boyle and the Emergency Dept team at URVH.
The work of Dr. McGilvray, Dr. Dawson and their teams at the Princess
Margaret and Toronto General Hospitals gave her more healthy years to
enjoy with her family. Her Extra-Mural nurses, several of whom were
friends, helped fulfill her wish to be at home. Dr. Gray and the
oncology teams in Saint John and URVH provided excellent care and
support. Family and friends, throughout her life but especially
during her illness, have shown love and support that has carried Nancy
and her family through it all.
Visitation will be held at the Britton Funeral Home in Hartland on
Wednesday, January 30, from 1-3pm and 6-8pm. A celebration of her
life will be held at the Coldstream United Baptist Church on Thursday,
January 31, at 2pm with a reception to follow at the Coldstream W.I.
Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carlisle
% Norman Orser
26 Orser Rd
Carlisle, NB E7P 2C2
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Nancy Azalea Reid 19562019..
Décès pour la Ville: Hartland, Province: Nouveau-Brunswick