Rayleen Nash was the first Christ Church Cathedral parishioner to be nominated for investiture into the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster in its inaugural year of 2009. Her commitment to her faith and to her community, her selfless servant ministry and her generosity remained constant throughout her life. Rayleen Nash was a true leader in the Church as her Citation read at that first Investiture liturgy in 2009 attests :
Rayleen has served as a Warden and Trustee of Christ Church Cathedral, chair of the Synod Planning Committee, member of General Synod, and of the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Appointments.
Rayleen was involved in many facets of the life of the Church, but one of her ongoing commitments was to head-up the planning and presentation of the Parish of Christ Church Cathedral's annual Epiphany Party, where there was always lots of food, presents and most importantly for Rayleen, music. She would always promote the event as "one more opportunity" to sing the Hymns and Carols of the season.
Here is the obituary as published in the Vancouver Province, December 14, 2020.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Joyce "Rayleen" Nash -Sister, Aunt and friend, after a lengthy struggle with Parkinson's disease.
Rayleen was born in Cork, Ireland on September 11, 1938 and later emigrated to Canada where she lived for a time in Toronto, ON and later Vancouver, BC. She died at her retirement home on the afternoon of Sunday, Dec 6, 2020.
Rayleen worked for over 25 years at UBC in various rolls finishing as the Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies.
Rayleen was a deeply committed Christian who gave of herself and time helping at her local parish church of Christ Church Cathedral and in diocesan life.
Rayleen is survived by her brother Arthur and nephews David, Stephen and niece Valerie.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date due to COVID. In lieu of flowers please donate to Christ Church Cathedral.
Please remember Rayleen and her family in your prayers. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Rayleen Nash, November 3, 2009 Photo Wayne Chose