May 4, 1920 – April 28, 2015
Jean Hannah McConnell was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 4, 1920 to Martha and Charles Young and died on April 25, 2015 at the Comox Valley Seniors Village.
Jean grew up in Fort Whyte just south of Winnipeg. She met her future husband, Grant, at a dance in Fort Whyte and they were married in 1943. Grant’s airforce career had them stationed in Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Souris, Portage La Prairie, Rivers, Edmonton, Zweibrucken and Comox. Jean loved her four years in Germany and the family was fortunate to be able to travel to many European countries. In 1963 Jean and Grant built a house in Little River and lived there happily for more than thirty years before moving to a condo in Comox. When Grant passed away, Jean moved into Berwick where she spent six happy years. As her health began to fail sixteen months ago, she was then lovingly cared for by the staff at Comox Valley Seniors Village.
Jean was a loving, caring, generous person and an elegant lady. She loved her family and friends and willingly went out of her way to help anyone in need. She loved to sing, dance, cook and entertain in style. Guests were warmly welcomed to her home and instantly offered a cup of tea. Jean was an active member of the St. Peter’s congregation for many years. She was a keen volunteer and sang in many church choirs. Jean will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Joe Young, and her loving husband of sixty years, Grant McConnell. She is survived by her sister Lois (Cliff) Johanson, son Glen McConnell (Susan), daughter Janis Cousins (Doug), grandchildren Kevin (Tracy), Greg (Karyn), Alynne (Kerry) Penner, Amy and Adrienne and great grandchildren Christina, Esme, Fable, Hannah, Evan and Nathan as well as nieces and nephews in Calgary and Minnesota.
The family would like to extend many thanks to the amazing staffs at Berwick and the Seniors Village for the wonderful care they gave Jean as well as to Dr. Anderson for his kind and patient attention for many years.
The service will be held at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Comox on May 9, 2015 at 12:00 noon. Any donations in Jean’s name to St. Peter’s would be warmly welcomed.