Jean Margaret (nee May) Abernathy

Jean Margaret Abernathy was born on January 1st, 1933 in Summerland, B.C. and was peacefully called Home to be with her Lord on December 4th, 2010 with her family by her side.

Jean is the beloved wife of Les and they were High School sweethearts. On May 25th, 2011 they would have celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister, Maureen (Paul) Roberge; her sister-in-law, Jean May; five children, Carol (Jeff Mellows) Abernathy, Gary (Joan) Abernathy, Glenda (Rene) Brunelle, Sharon (Brian) Gray and Robert (Lisa) Abernathy; her grandchildren, Matt (Michelle) Brunelle, Ben (Alexis) Abernathy, Jesse (April) Brunelle, Selina (Derek) Metcalfe, Brandy (Victor) Dudas, Brian (Nora Bragg) Abernathy, Nathan (Erin) Gerstmeyer, David (Annie) Brunelle, Dan Mellows, Jackie Abernathy, Steven Mellows, Jaime Abernathy, Patrick Abernathy, Charity Brunelle, Katreena Abernathy and Joanna Brunelle; her great-grandchildren, James, Ethan, Josephine, Selah, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Jared and Lyla; many nieces, nephews; and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Nat May in 1963; her mother, Annie Jane May in 1989; her brother, James in 1994; and three grandchildren, Michael, Cherise and Peter.

Jean and Les looked after churches in Crawford Bay, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, Giscome, Prince George and Armstrong. They also operated Abernathy’s Triangle Shell and Golden Delivery. Throughout her life Jean worked in packing houses, (at one time being the President of the local union), also canneries and green houses. She was a wonderful homemaker for the family, where she would make many smorgasbord type meals and had a life long interest in gardening and music. Jean was a strong, dignified and proper lady with an Irish sense of humor and a lot of spunk!

A private family Graveside Service will precede a Celebration Of Jean’s Life which will be held at the 25th Street Church Of God (Corner of 25th Street and 44th Avenue) on Saturday, December 11th, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Gary Glanz officiating. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Jean to the North Okanagan Hospice Society, 3506-27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1S4, the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan, P.O. Box 3619, Stn Main, Guelph, Ontario N1H 9Z9 or to the charity of their choice.

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