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Born: Jan 07, 1914

Date of Passing: Sep 05, 2017

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JEAN ELIZABETH DEANS Jean Elizabeth Deans passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the Seven Oaks Hospital at age 103 years. Mom was born on January 7, 1914 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She lived in Lake Francis and Hargrave where her parents ran the local store. She spent one teenaged summer exploring southern Manitoba with her cousin, Lillo, by bicycle. When her parents purchased a cottage in Killarney Lake, her love of the water grew. We spent many happy summers at the lake with mom and our grandparents, sometimes swimming the length of the lake with mom also in the water and Grampa in the boat beside us. Mom began her teaching career in 1939, which took her to various rural schools throughout Manitoba. She taught school for many years at Lord Nelson and Shaughnessy Park and retired in l979. She touched the lives of so many of her students and was able to keep in touch with many of them. She was fortunate to have both a daughter and grandson in her classes. Mom lived on Magnus Avenue in Shaughnessy Heights for most of her life. She spent the last 25 years in Willow Park East and Willow Centre in the same neighbourhood. She volunteered at Fred Douglas Lodge for over 30 years. Mom thoroughly enjoyed music. She played cornet with her dad and brother in a number of bands in her younger years. She was also an accomplished pianist. She sang and played the organ for many years in the Shaughnessy United Church Choir. She was also an avid golfer and bowler. She belonged to a number of Golf Clubs over the years including Killarney Lakeside, Transcona, Warren's South Interlake and Larters. She golfed into her 90th year. In her retirement she bowled weekly in both five and ten-pin leagues. Bridge was also a big part of her life Mom was predeceased by her parents Stuart and Adelaide Comba, two sons, Gerry in 1969 and Rodger in 1973. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Pat, son Kerry (Madeleine), two grandsons Dan (Lorelei) and Jayson (Petrina) and their families. Baby brother Bud, at 102, is still powerwalking in Calgary. When Mom celebrated her 100th Birthday, she welcomed numerous friends and former students. That was a celebration of her life. Her request was to be cremated with no formal service. Donations may be made in her memory to Atlantic Garden City United Church. Mom always wrote the following in her students' Autograph Book One rule to guide you in your life is always good and true, 'Tis "Do to others as you would that they should do to you." Mom, your journey's begun where Margaret and Auntie Alva will greet you. We love you. ETERNAL GRACE FUNERALS 204-505-4559

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 09, 2017

Condolences & Memories (20 entries)

  • I would like to express my condolences on behalf of my parents William and Helen Erickson on the passing of Mrs. Deans. My Dad got to know Mrs. Deans through working with Gerry and BA Construction until his untimely death. My parents did keep in touch with Mrs. Deans over the years and I remember going with my parents to visit with Mrs. Deans at her home on Magnus. These visits were always great fun and I know Mrs. Deans was held in high regard with them. I know if my parents were still here today they would like to express their condolences to the family. She will always be remember for her gentle manner and great smile. - Posted by: Lynne McGibney (Erickson) (friend) on: Oct 05, 2017

  • I met Jean at Larters in the 1990's. I loved her outlook on life and enjoyed golfing with her. She was a great lady and will be missed by many. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Marion Marko (Golf friend) on: Sep 26, 2017

  • I was so very fortunate to have Mrs. Deans as my grade 4 teacher at Lord Nelson. She was kind, caring, patient and understanding and I've never forgotten her. Mrs. Deans was one of kind. Sincere condolences to her family. - Posted by: Susan (Ryzowski) Rogers (Former student) on: Sep 22, 2017

  • Mrs. Deans was my Grade 4 teacher at Lord Nelson 1967/68. Wonderful teacher and someone I have never forgotten about. My most embarrassing moment of my school days took place in Mrs. Dean's class. Standing at the chalkboard I peed myself. I still remember this moment so vividly. RIP Mrs. Deans. - Posted by: Diana Pickard (Lavallee) (Former Student 1967/68) on: Sep 16, 2017

  • Oh my. I loved Mrs. Deans. And I was her pet. But I'm sure all her students felt that way. I remember her telling me that she loved my hair when I put my bangs back in an elastic. I wore my hair like that often afterwards. I wanted to please her. She was so lovely. I thought of her often. I believe I just thought about her, maybe even on the day she passed. Mrs. Deans you meant so much to me. I hope you have run into my brother in heaven. He loved you too. - Posted by: Karen McLachlan (Student, Lord Nelson) on: Sep 16, 2017

  • Pat so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was one great lady and always so much fun at family gatherings. She lived her life well and has touched so many lives on her journey. Our sincerest sympathy to you and all the family. Jackie Harold and family - Posted by: Jackie Harrison (cousin) on: Sep 14, 2017

  • I was fortunate to have Mrs. Deans as my grade four teacher at Lord Nelson School. Everyone has "that one teacher" who had such a great influence on you. Well, Mrs. Deans was certainly that teacher. She taught us to be caring, she taught us to respect each other. We made booklets on foreign places we could visit when we grew up...and she taught us how to make block letters out of construction paper! She was a wonderful person and teacher. Randy lived across the street from her on Magnus and has fabulous memories of her as well. He remembers her as a strong independent woman who threw her golf clubs in her car and drove off with Mrs. Bailey (at a time when many women did not drive or golf!!) She was always fun to be with and so kind. Such a remarkable woman with a remarkable life! She will not be forgotten. Our sincere condolences to you all. - Posted by: Janet Lach-Stefanyk and Randy Stefanyk (former student and neighbour) on: Sep 14, 2017

  • There are so many lives Jean touched in a positive way. So many memories that bring a smile and show the wonderful person she was. So many stories about how she made a difference or made someone's day. Now there are so many hearts that are feeling sadness, because she was here....because she was loved! Rest in peace, our wonderful friend and heartfelt condolences to her beautiful family! - Posted by: Glen and Myrna Loewen (Friend) on: Sep 13, 2017

  • Extending heartfelt sympathy to the Dean's family on your mom's passing. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute of a life truly well lived! In sympathy and sadness from Larry Carlson, Lynda Ruban, & Ollie Carlson. - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (old school friend) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • Mrs. Deans lived down the street from my family on Magnus. I recall how nice she always was when we were out playing and trick or treating. My brothers hung around with Rodger and Kerry amd everyone on the street had a good time being kids. It's great to hear she had such a long and stimulating life, I am sure she lived so long by by treating others as she would like to be treated. My condolences to her family. - Posted by: Janice Croft (Neighbors ) on: Sep 10, 2017

  • Sorry to hear about your loss Pat. Your mom was a wonderful person, she will be missed . - Posted by: Arlene rostek (friend ) on: Sep 10, 2017

  • Sorry for your family loss πŸ’•πŸŒΈπŸŒ»πŸŒΌ - Posted by: Tamara (Fontaine) kost () on: Sep 10, 2017

  • Pat, I am so sorry to hear this news. Your mother was a wonderful woman - quick wit, warm heart, bright mind. I know you will miss her. Sending love and huge hugs across the miles to you and your sons. Love Cathy and family. - Posted by: Cathy Campbell (Friend ) on: Sep 10, 2017

  • Dear Pat and family, sending my condolences on the loss of your Mom, a true Matriarch. She has made a positive impact on so many lives over the years. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Cheryl Sinclair (Family friend - Student from many years ago) on: Sep 09, 2017

  • Pat and Kerry, So sorry to hear of your mum's passing. She lived a long and fulfilled life, and touched so many people. I remember when I was 13, she piled 7 of us girls from the church into her little blue Volkswagen and took us bowling. I always enjoyed her sense of humour. She was a very special lady. - Posted by: Dale Carvery (Friend) on: Sep 09, 2017

  • Kerry, Sorry to see that your mom has passed away. She was a wonderful lady, and my favorite teacher. - Posted by: Ellen Shrutwa (Friend and former student) on: Sep 09, 2017

  • What a wonderful life Mrs Deans led. She was well resected by so many people. A dear friend of mine said that no other teacher had the same wonderful influence on her, that Mrs. Deans did for her. The story I will always remember was when a strange man got into bed with her. We never locked our doors when we were growing up and she left her door unlocked for her kids. But a intoxicated neighbour mistook Mrs. Deans home for his and thought he was getting into his own bed. Well Mrs. Deans sure sobered him up pretty quickly when she sensed someone was in bed with her who should not be there. Rest in peace dear lady. - Posted by: Dianne Kennedy (friend of the family) on: Sep 09, 2017

  • Saddened to read about Mrs. Deans passing today, may she RIP! I was fortunate enough to be one of her students and it was a pleasure to attend her class! She was a great teacher and a very wonderful human being! I did not keep in touch as I moved to a different part of the city, life gets busy etc, but she was always thought of with a smile whenever I saw a birthday picture in the newspaper and never forgotten as the good teachers never are! People forget that without people like Mrs. Deans...we the students would not have turned out to be the responsible, decent adults we have become! I have Mrs. Deans to thank for a big part of that! And yes I always have "done to others as you have done for me, thank you ." Thought, prayers and condolences to her family during this most difficult time. Take care! - Posted by: Ms. Geraldine Penteliuk (Former Student) on: Sep 09, 2017

  • Condolences to the family on losing a wonderful person. I taught with Jean at Shaughnessy Park. She was wonderful to work with and so down to earth with the children. I really admired and loved her. Carolyn Lumsden. - Posted by: Carolyn Lumsden (Worked together) on: Sep 09, 2017

  • Mrs. Deans was my teacher in grade 4 for only 2 months, at the end of the year we moved to Redwood Avenue. And for such a short teaching time with me, she made a great impression. Further, I count myself lucky to have had an ongoing relationship with her for years after, because she always exited the building by the back gate, that was so near to our home. Mrs. Deans, always remained friendly, and greeted our family with cheery "hello's", and stopped for a chat now and then, after her day's work teaching yet another classroom full of students. She seemed always in good humour. Those of us who learned under her were indeed fortunate. I celebrate her long life, and mourn her passing. - Posted by: Linda (Weremiuk) Henderson (former student) on: Sep 09, 2017

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