Jackson, Jean Eileen
1927 – 2016
With treasured memories, the family of Jean Eileen Jackson announce her passing in Brandon, MB on May 4, 2016 at the age of 88 years.
Born on October 12, 1927 in Souris, MB, to William and Jennie Sellers, Jean was raised on the family farm near Bunclody with two sisters and one brother. She attended Bunclody School and completed her high school in Souris. She taught on ‘permit’ at Alcester School (near Minto) from 1945-46. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Jean went on the next year to attend Normal School (in Winnipeg), returning to teach at Fairburn School (near Boissevain) from 1947-48 and then on to Fairfax School from 1948-49.
While teaching at Alcester, she met Howard Jackson, a young farmer from Margaret and they were married in Souris on July 2, 1949. It was on the Jackson farm, SW 28-5-18, they raised their family and Jean took pride in her role as wife, homemaker and mother, while also being an active supporter of all community events. Her love of music and dancing was evident with many happy times spent at community dances and later, as members of the square dance club in Margaret. During those busy years, Jean could always find time to put on the coffee and visit when someone dropped in. Extra places were set at the table on a regular basis and overnight company was a common occurrence. Her love of people and sense of humor resulted in many gatherings and fun times at the farm, and this generosity and hospitality continued when she and Howard retired to Brandon in June 1982. 9 Victory Place became a hub of activity for new and old friends alike. After Howard’s passing in 1995, Jean remained in her home until 2005, when she took up residence at Lion’s Manor. In 2013, due to declining health, she moved to Valleyview Care Centre.
Her friendships had no age limit. Jean loved to pamper children but also enjoyed time spent with folks many years her senior. Many of her ‘helpers’ and ‘caregivers’ over the years became dear friends. In addition to entertaining family and friends, Jean’s happiest times were spent at social gatherings: reunions, anniversaries/birthdays, and even fall suppers. She loved going out with ‘the girls’! In later years, you could frequently find Jean cheering on a favorite team and socializing ‘behind the glass’ at numerous curling rinks as well as some major curling events.
Without a doubt, one of Jean’s greatest pleasures was spending time with her three grandchildren – their reciprocated love and affection was the light of her life. As little ones, they received special attention on her lap and as they matured, she supported them in their activities and made every effort to attend their special events.
Her kind, generous, fun-loving nature, and her unwavering concern and support will be remembered and missed by her children – Darryl (Cherilyn), Derryk, Jan (Jim) Hay and grandchildren – Kristi Hay (Doryan Unrau), Colin Hay and Grant Jackson, as well as by extended family members and friends. She will always be admired for her positive attitude and her courage in facing many health challenges.
Funeral service for Jean was held on May 14, 2016 at Central United Church in Brandon with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Soloist Ken Jackson was accompanied by Ruth Nickel and ‘Memories of Jean’ were shared by Grant and Sheila McCausland. Jean was laid to rest in the Margaret Cemetery.
Jean’s family would like to express their gratitude for the kindness and compassion shown to our Mom over the years and in particular, the last few months. Also thanks for the many gestures of support and caring shown to us, her family, in recent days as well as in the past. Your thoughtfulness has been a blessing to us all.
If friends so desire, donations in memory of Jean may be made to ‘Margaret Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund’ with cheques made payable to: Rural Municipality of Prairie Lakes, Box 100, Belmont, MB, R0K 0C0, or to a charity of choice.