Jean Macaretta Benedict (nee Spencer)

Jean Benedict, a long time resident of Westwold, B.C., passed away peacefully at Heritage Square in Vernon, B.C. on Monday, July 10th, 2017 at the age of 93 years.

Jean was born in Emmett, Idaho on August 23rd, 1923 to Herbert and Jane Spencer and was raised on 17 Mile Ranch in Lemhi County. During the war Jean joined the W.A.V.E.’s, the women’s branch of the U.S. Navy. After her training, she worked in Washington, D.C. in the Pentagon. During a two week leave, she married John Benedict on October 12th, 1945 at Dillon, Montana. In 1951 they left the U.S. and bought the Bulman Ranch in Westwold, where they raised their sons, Lahrie, John and Rocky. Jean was involved with the Westwold Community Church Association and was also the Secretary of the Westwold Livestock Association for many years.

Jean is survived by one son, John (Elisabeth); four grandchildren, Jim (Tracey), Steven, Chris (Alexis) and Sarah; five great-grandchildren, Jessica Ally, Elise, Tanner and Kjell; her daughter-in-law, Faye; one sister, Louise (Don); and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; two sons, Rocky and Lahrie; and her brother, Herbert.

Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held in September.

We, the family wish to extend a special thank you to the staff at Heritage Square for their loving care of Jean.

Cremation arrangements were made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187