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Date of Passing: Mar 04, 2021

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(nee DUNHAM)

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother peacefully in her sleep on March 4, 2021, just days short of her 100th birthday.
She is predeceased by her husband Lloyd of 50 years. She is survived by daughter Ann (Tom) Downey and grandchildren, Eva and Brian; and son John (Robin) and grandchildren, Ross and Kelly, of Prince George.
Jean lived in Rochanville, Saskatchewan until the age of nine when her family moved to West Kildonan. Jean enjoyed school and following grade 11 she enrolled in the Faculty of Commerce. Jean left university when the Second World War broke out and took a job at the Bank of Montreal main branch where she worked until she and Lloyd married in 1946. She loved her work there and spoke often the various positions she held.
Jean and Lloyd lived in Norwood for over 40 years, and built the family cottage on Lake of the Woods in 1963. Jean enjoyed her summers at the lake with the kids and then the extended time they spent there once Lloyd retired.
Jean loved to travel. She and Lloyd spent 21 winters in Hawaii and highlights were their 40th anniversary trip to Australia and New Zealand and her trips to Washington, DC with John and to New York City with Ann. Jean was an avid crafter, sewing most of her own clothes, and she always had a knitting, crocheting and/or quilting project on the go.
Jean got her first car for Christmas 1964 and she continued to drive until her early 90s. It gave her a real sense of freedom and it also enabled her to volunteer for the CNIB, driving people to weekly get togethers, where she would record textbooks for blind students while she waited. Jean coordinated the canvassers in Norwood for the Salvation Army, but her favourite volunteer work was stuffing envelopes for the Humane Society, always with a dog beside her for company.
We wish to give our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Actionmarguerite Saint-Boniface who cared for her with great compassion during the COVID pandemic and during her final days.
In keeping with Jean's wishes cremation has taken place. A small family memorial will take place at a later date.
Donations in Jean's memory can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 20, 2021

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Auntie Jean! Not a blood relative but family nonetheless and I will miss her. I have so many memories of the Reid and Cruikshank family over the years and the friendship between Uncle Lloyd, Auntie Jean and my mom and dad, Jim and BJ. It's the end of any era for sure and I'm sure Jean is with the old gang and getting reacquainted. My mom and Jean were lifelong friends and when my mom passed on, Jean kept in touch with us - usually Birthday and Christmas phone calls. I feel so lucky to have had her in my life. Love you, Auntie Jean, and thank you. - Posted by: Linda Reid (Family Friend) on: Mar 21, 2021

  • Lynn and I have so many fond memories of Lloyd and Jean..Lynn's 21st Birthday at Rae and Jerry's, our wedding where Lloyd gave the Toast to the Bride, many, many Christmas get togethers at 186 Harris Blvd., just to name a few. Friends like "Auntie Jean" are unique and always special. We will miss her. - Posted by: Bryan Newton (Family Friend) on: Mar 20, 2021

  • We were very saddened to hear of Jean's passing. Our parents were good friends and neighbours of Jean and Lloyd's for many years. Jean was a spare in our mom's bridge club and now she is the last of the 9 members to pass. With their spouses they were a wonderful group of friends who led extraordinarily full and happy lives. Together they had so much fun!! Our condolences go out to Anne, John and family. - Posted by: The Oldershaws (Friend and Neighbour) on: Mar 20, 2021

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