Entered Into Rest
Sunnyside Manor Personal Care Home
Dec 13, 1929 ~ June 18, 2021
Age 91 Years
Beloved wife of the late Frank Stevenson;
mother of Lorinda Stevenson,
Bonnie (David) Andrews,
grandma of five;
great grandma of eleven.
To Be Held At A Later Date
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Sunnyside Manor Personal Care Home,
c/o Prairie Mountain Regional Health,
Birtle, MB, R0M 0C0.
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Jean Stevenson of Birtle who died peacefully in the early morning of Friday, June 18, 2021 after a full and beautiful life.
Jean is predeceased by her parents John and Christina Lorinda Coxworth, sister Kathleen (Kay) McElrath, and our beloved father and her husband of 54 years, Francis (Frank) Reginald Stevenson (1924-2005).
Mourning her loss and regaling each other with wonderful stories, are her children Lorinda of Calgary, Bonnie (David) of Birtle, and Lawrence of Toronto. Grandma Jean will be missed by grandchildren Amanda, Tania, Bobby (Jennifer), Robin (Darryl) and Tyson and great grandchildren, Tess, Kate, Ty, Jude, Bode, Victoria, Francis, Devante, Rylin, Devron and Randi.
Jean was born on a farm near Melita, MB where her parents had started farming four years prior. In 1933, the family moved to a farm near Isabella. Jean was very active in sports - hockey and baseball - and after completing school she left for Brandon to start her career in the bank. Not long after, her mother became ill and Jean returned to the family farm to help with care-giving. It was during this time that she was reunited with Frank, who used to drive her to school in his horse-drawn buggy. They were soon married at the Isabella United Church in 1951 and lived on the Stevenson family homestead.
Frank and Jean moved to Dominion City, MB in 1960 when Frank got a management position with North American Lumber. A few years later, the family moved briefly to Russell before settling back in the Birtle area in 1969 after buying their beloved house on Main Street.
Jean worked for many years at Walley’s Grocery until she began a position at the Royal Bank until her retirement in 1990. She was very active in the community and particularly loved curling participating in league and bonspiel play for many years.
Mom was most proud of her family and took great joy in hearing of - and later relating to friends at the coffee shop - the adventures of her children and grandchildren. She had a remarkable sense of humour, a gift that she has passed on to generations.
She loved music - especially old classics and had a penchant for male voices such as Sinatra, Belafonte, Humperdinck, and Charley Pride - and particularly to hear Dad singing barbershop or in the church choir. Often on car trips Mom and Dad would pass the time by singing, Mom carrying the melody that allowed Dad to harmonise.
Mom loved dessert, especially butter tarts, and every visiting grandchild would be offered an ice cream cone from the magically bottomless gallon in her freezer. Mom loved adventuring out with Lorinda to find the first crocus of spring on the hills of the family farm. She looked forward to the end of the day when Bonnie would stop in for a visit and a chat after work. She would work tirelessly to make sure that there was a Saskatoon pie in the freezer every time Lawrence would come home for a visit. And all of us will remember her in the twinkling of Christmas lights that Mom and Dad took such great joy in.
Mom taught us to have strong opinions and values. She wasn’t particularly interested in the past and preferred to think of the possibilities of the future. Your family is the future you created with Dad. We will miss you greatly, Mom, and now that you and Dad are reunited, know that you will be forever in our hearts and memories.
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Sunnyside Manor Personal Care Home
c/o Prairie Mountain Health Authority, Birtle MB R0M 0C0