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Elizabeth Jessie McBey's adventure in this life came to an end peacefully at Deer Lodge Centre alongside family and caring staff before she went on to meet the love of her life who predeceased her, Roy George McBey.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Ross (Pat), Heather (Bragi), Colleen (Gord), Bob (Wendy), Christina (Jerry) along with her 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Jessie was born in Winnipeg, growing up and living on the same street in Kirkfield-Westwood for 88 years. Jessie spent her youth attending St. James Collegiate, after which at age 17 she began her career at Toronto Dominion bank on Portage and Main. It was shortly after she caught the eye of a handsome young mechanic (or as mom would describe a small yet handsome man) from Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. Romance blossomed and in 1953 they wed. It was on the same street Jessie grew up that they would build their home becoming 5th generation to establish family roots on the street.
Jessie devoted her life raising their five children and later 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her children, Jessie devoted her life to the service of others. Jessie spent many hours volunteering at Lincoln school; developing lifelong friendships with many of the teachers. In addition, getting involved in community volunteering at Grace Hospital and Optimists and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Mom was known to be a social butterfly. Her house was a revolving door within the community, always having extra dinner just in case someone dropped by. Many of Jessie and Roy's extended family would find their place lined up sitting on the kitchen cabinet, hanging out of the fridge or searching in the ever famous bread drawer for the day's snacks.
Jessie did manage to sneak away for some quite time with Roy. In their retirement, they took a road trip to Alaska and drove the Cabot Trail in the East Coast. No trip could replace Nutimik Lake, swimming, water skiing at 70 and endless trails of snowmobiling. Jessie's spirit of fun earned the cottage nickname of Bubble's Rest which it still bears the name today.

Mom, you will be missed until we meet
again, but your kindness, compassion
and zest for life will live on with
what you nurtured in your children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Tower 7 nurses, healthcare aids and doctors at Deer Lodge Centre for their continued care of our mother with kindness, respect and dignity.
A celebration of Jessie's life will be held on October 1, 2021 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, at 2:00 p.m.
Due to COVID restrictions, Jessie's family will be in attendance at Chapel Lawn. An online service will be available to all those wishing to participate in Jessie's Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Deer Lodge Centre.

For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Colleen, Gord and family, So sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. Sending you our condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Susan MacKenzie and Don Pohl (Friends) on: Oct 15, 2021

  • Colleen,Gord and Girls, So Sorry to hear of your loss. Take Care. - Posted by: Allison Leaf (friend) on: Oct 08, 2021

  • It was always a pleasure to sit and chat with Jessie. She always welcomed Sadie (pupper) and myself in her home for a treat and a coffee. She was an amazing woman. My condolences to the McBey family. - Posted by: Karen Yuskin (Neighbor) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • Condolences to the McBey family on the loss of your Mom. Rest in Peace. Lauralee McMillan - Posted by: Lauralee McMillan (Friend) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • My condolences to Jessie's grand family. Jesse you just lit up every time you talked of Roy. You would tell me stories, basically hoisting him up on the pedestal but then you would add, "oh he wasn't perfect, of course we had our share of fights but he is a very good man." hahaha You never forgot to share great news about your amazing children and grandchildren either. I will cherish memories of your smile and positive outlook. Every single time I approached your hang-out spot (you had many) in your very warm and welcoming yard, you always waved to me with a huge smile across your face, and greeted me with enthusiasm always adding an invitation to come sit and have a tea or cold drink and a good visit. We shared so much laughter and bounced random thoughts (issues) off one another. I will be forever grateful for knowing you and even in your pain, you never failed to brighten up my day. You taught me the value of moments and the power of HELLO Jess, you often told me how much you missed your Roy, now I believe the two of you are dancing and laughing together in joy. Heather Williams - Posted by: Heather Williams (Friend/Neighbor) on: Sep 28, 2021

  • Sending my love and deepest sympathy to all the dear McBeys. I loved Jessie and will surely miss sharing the family escapades with her. Such a loving and caring clan. I can just hear Jessie and Roy at their reunion. I know you will keep up all your many family traditions through the years in their honour. - Posted by: Linda McKay (friend) on: Sep 27, 2021

  • My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone at this time. Jesse was one of the sweetest souls, you will be missed ❤❤ - Posted by: Karen Matheson (Family ) on: Sep 27, 2021

  • Deepest Condolences Pat and Ross and family during this difficult time. Your precious memories will live on in your hearts and minds and be great comfort. All our love Bill and Kim Bell - Posted by: Kim Bell (Cousin) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Our deepest sympathies to the McBey family. It has been our honour to have had a friendship with this wonderful family for more than 50 years. Jessie and Roy were awesome role models for those of us beginning parenthood. They always welcomed us into their home and the coffee pot was always warm. We have so many wonderful memories and know the family has many to look back on as they face some lonely days ahead. You were blessed to have had such a wonderful Mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. - Posted by: Lorne and Susan Lisik (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Heather, my condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Donnie Fridfinnson (Friend of Heather & Bragi) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Condolences Pat, Ross and family. We remember your mom as such a happy open hearted lady. You were so blessed to have her close by and involved for years. Sending love and prayers. Enjoy the memories. Those will be cherished. - Posted by: Gail Surman (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Condolences Pat, Ross and family. We remember your mom as such a happy open hearted lady. You were so blessed to have her close by and involved for years. Sending love and prayers. Enjoy the memories. Those will be cherished. - Posted by: Gail Surman (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Colleen, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I only met your Mom a couple times, but was so taken by her kindness and big heart. May your wonderful memories of her sustain you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Patricia Kuz (friend of Colleen & Gord) on: Sep 25, 2021

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