OCTOBER 24, 1931 – SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
Jean Elizabeth Elliott, 82, of South Surrey, British Columbia, passed
away on Saturday September 20, 2014 after a two year battle with
lung cancer. To her final day she was laughing with her family, and
died peacefully and with grace surrounded by her husband and her
Born October 24, 1931 in London, England, she was the daughter of
the late Albert Pettifer and Jane Pettifer. She married Tony Edward
on Aprill2, 1952, and he survives.
Also surviving are one son, John Edward of Langley BC, and three
daughters, Janice Ellen of Vancouver, BC, Barbara Jane of Richmond,
BC; Patricia (Tish) Lynn of Calgary, A.B; and nine grandchildren, Kyle,
Siobhan, Frazer, Jamie, Alicia, Rory, Tara, Savannah and Kira; two
brothers, Brian and Sam Pettifer of South Africa; and numerous
cousins, nephews and nieces around the world. Two loving sisters, Marge and Judy, and a brother, Jim, preceded her in death.
Jean was an amazing woman endowed with a true sense of empathy
and wonderful cockney humour. As a young child she survived the
London blitz as well as evacuation, often in difficult circumstances.
Although she travelled widely in Canada and Europe with her family,
while Tony served in the Royal Navy and later in the RCAF, in her
heart she remained forever a Londoner. Tony and Jean retired for
a time to Sooke, BC and eventually to settle in White Rock I South
Surrey. After so long having their children far away, they all finally
coalesced in the Lower Mainland, and have lived close these past
Jean worked in the fashion world in London until she married, and
then stayed home to raise her four children. Later she managed
numerous food operations, and for a time her own clothing business.
She volunteered extensively in the community, in recent years for the
Peach Arch Hospice Society.
Jean enjoyed cooking for her family, particularly Sunday dinners.
She was a great fan of Julia Nesrallah on CBC 2 and loved any goings-on with a social side, such as dancing, playing cards with her grandchildren, darts in the pub and the bowling league. Jean was
also an avid fi lm buff, famous for her knowledge of the Hollywood stars and movies of the ’40s and 50s.
Jean taught us all to laugh and smile in the midst of trouble and
hopefully we always will follow that marvelous example.
Memorial services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre in Surrey. The family will receive friends at a Celebration of Life at 2 pm on
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at
La Mesa Community Centre, 2456 Cranley Drive, South Surrey.