Whether she was driving friends to appointments, assisting with charity events, gardening in the orchard, crocheting for her grandkids and loved ones, or simply enjoying lunch with family and friends, Jean always had a smile on her face. She enjoyed golfing with the ladies at Hillview Golf Course and particularly loved traveling the globe with her sister, Margaret, and close companions. Helping hands are busy hands and Jean’s hands were certainly not the exception. She was a dedicated member of Royal Purple, serving as treasurer for a number of years and fundraising through bake sales and raffles and a founding member of “The Wacky Widows”. She was a pioneer telephone worker, having been employed for many years with B.C. Tel and Telus.
The smile is gone—her busy hands are now at rest. Jean passed away peacefully on Monday, February 1st, 2010 at North Okanagan Hospice House having reached the age of 75 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her family: one son, Randall (Shelley) of Quesnel, two daughters, Darlene England of Victoria and Charlene (Mike) Johnson of Vernon, seven grandchildren: Curtis (Tasheena) of Smithers, Kristen (Scott) Trueman of Quesnel, Nicole of Quesnel, Matthew Hall of Edmonton, AB, Kate Hall of Victoria, Amanda Johnson of Vancouver, and Taylor Johnson of Vernon, one sister, Margaret Bowman of Red Deer, AB, one brother, Don (Lorna) Butts of Edson, AB, numerous nieces and nephews, sister-in-law, Marie Butts of Evansburg, AB, extended family and friends. Jean was predeceased by her husband, Ken, in 1992 and by one brother Bill.
The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at 3:30 P.M. in All Saints Anglican Church with The Reverend Rita Harrison officiating. A reception will follow in the church hall.
In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Jean may do so to North Okanagan Hospice House Society, 3506 – 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.