Nancy was born Agnes McCormick, 1902, in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1913, her father, a ship carpenter, died. Her widowed mother decided her daughters would have a better life in Canada, so in 1920, Nancy and her two sisters immigrated under the Saskatchewan government assisted passages program for farm labourers and domestics. Nancy paid off her passage by working on a farm for a year before moving to Saskatoon where she lived at the YWCA, working as a waitress and clerk for several years. She relocated to British Columbia with her daughter around 1929 following her first husband’s death. She worked in Vancouver’s shipyards, joined the steamfitters and plumbing union, and eventually became shop steward. Nancy later worked in a logging camp with her husband and steam engineer, Clarence Buker (1896-1981). By the early 1980s Nancy was living in Clearbrook, B.C.