October 1, 1922 – February 25, 2020
We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved mother at the age of 97. Jean is survived by daughter Carol, son Russ, 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Russ in 1997, son-in-law Larry in 2018, both her younger sisters and their spouses. And only 1 sister in law left on Russ’s side of family.
She has many nieces & nephews left to mourn her loss as well.
Jean was born in Sudbury, Suffolk England and was a product of the war years.
Jean met Russ in Reading while at a dance. Dad was a Canadian soldier from Ontario. They were married July 5, 1943. Jean immigrated to Canada with infant daughter Carol, on the H.M.S. Sevthia, as a Warbride, in 1946. Dad was already home in Owensound, Ontario. He then re-enlisted in the Armed Forces from there they lived a wonderful life. First posting to Hagersville, Ontario, where son Russell Graham, was born then on to Dawson Creek for 1 year and then to Whitehorse, Yukon for 3 years and lastly to Vernon where Russ was in charge of the R.C.E.M.E Army Camp until closing. After both retired they wintered for many years south of the border. Right up to Dad passing. Mum worked most of her life. In Dawson Creek at the only ladies clothing store in 1958. At Whitehorse she worked as a stenographer for the Armed Forces. In Vernon at the Coldstream Municipal Office when Jim Trehearn was Municiipal Clerk, at the credit
Bureau, the office of Millar and Brown Trucking and lastly in the office of the Old Vernon Fruit Union. Mums one passion was for 5 pin bowling which she took up while living in Whitehorse. There her great achievement was rolling a perfect game & receiving a custom made watch band of black diamonds & gold nuggets.
At Vernon, she became a member of John Geniers, Lincoln Lane Team and being the girls team, the 5 rebs who won the city championship in 1961-1962, beating the mens top team. After retirement Jean had many interests. She was a fantastic seamstress. As well as knitting, she was an artist and did many crafts, making lampshades as one of them, which she displayed and sold at creative chaos. Mum was a devoted member of the Vernon & District Animal Care Society.
She contributed many baked goods for their bake sales to raise money for their many animal causes. She was a lover of all animals especially her cats. At the end of this obituary Mum asked me to add BE KIND TO YOUR PETS, THE MOST DEVOTED FRIENDS YOU WILL EVER HAVE.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Pleasant Valley Funeral Home.
There will be a memorial taking place on March 29, at 1 pm at the Old Age Pensioners Hall, 1765 Glencaird St. Lumby.
Flowers declined but a contribution to the Vernon and District Animal Care Society, Okanagan Humane Society, or the S.P.C.A would be very much appreciated.
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