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LILLIE (JEAN) GEARY Obituary pic


Born: Aug 18, 1931

Date of Passing: May 11, 2023

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It is with much sadness that we, Jean’s family, announce her passing on May 11, 2023.

Jean was born August 18, 1931 in Carpenter Township, Ontario, in the Rainy River district, to the late Thomas and Susan Geary.

Jean was the last surviving member of a family of 10 children. She was predeceased by her siblings and spouses, Jack (Hilda) Geary, Elsie (Donald) Ball, Earl "Mick" (Doreen) Geary, Susan (Harold) Wilson, May Swartman, Hughie (Helen) Geary, Pansy Geary, Ed Geary, and Nellie (Lawrence) Derouard, and nieces, Jannie Ball, Colleen Geary, and Darlene Geary, and great-nephew Renie Whiting.

Jean is survived by her sister-in-law, Linda (Ed) Geary of Kenora, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Jean was raised in Lavallee, Ontario, on a small farm. She graduated from Fort Frances High School and started her working career at age 18. She worked at the chartered accounting firm Dunwoody, Saul, Smith & Co. in Fort Frances and later took a transfer to Winnipeg where her work involved handling bankruptcy claims. In 1980 she continued her education at Red River Community College and achieved a certificate in Business Administration - Accounting. In 1984 Jean took employment with the University of Manitoba in the Dept. of Biochemistry, where she remained until her retirement in 1997.

In later years, Jean enjoyed travels to Arizona, Barbados, Branson, Florida, Hawaii, Jamaica, and St. Lucia.

Jean loved to curl and was a member at both Wildewood Curling Club and the Winter Club. She was an avid reader and in her spare time created many beautiful pieces of pettipoint.

Jean became a member of the United Church of Canada in 1953 and the congregation of Knox United Church of Fort Frances, Ontario, and a member of The United Church in Meadowood after moving to Winnipeg. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of her condo association at Gatewood Green. In July 2014 she moved to Dakota House assisted living apartments, where she greatly enjoyed the lifestyle and daily interactions with other residents and staff.

Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at The United Church in Meadowood, 1111 Dakota Street, Winnipeg, MB, on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at 1:00 p.m., Minister, Caryn Douglas, will officiate. A private interment will take place at a later date at the Glen Lawn Waterside Columbarium.

Should family and friends desire, donations can be made to The United Church in Meadowood, 1111 Dakota Street, Winnipeg, MB R2N 3T7, or a charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 20, 2023

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Heartfelt condolences to Jean’s family and friends. What a special lady she was to so many. She was a wonderful auntie to her niece Jannie. We could always tell when Jannie was dressed to the nines that her aunt Jean had sent her a new outfit to wear proudly. Rest in peace beautiful Jean. - Posted by: Josie, Darryl McLeo and family (Friend) on: May 27, 2023

  • Condolences to any members and friends of Jeans . Knew Jean many years ago , as I am originally from Fort Frances and was living in Winnipeg at the time. Many times on special holidays would hitch a ride to Fort Frances with Jean , we had a lot of laughs and visits on the drive . I now live in Calgary so haven’t had contact with Jean for many years. Glad to see she has had a good long life, I’m sure she will be missed by many. - Posted by: Jill(Raby) Perasalo (Friend years ago ( not in contact for many years )) on: May 20, 2023

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