Jean Marion Howden (MacMillan)
Sept. 18, 1920 – Nov. 13, 2008
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a most beautiful and gracious lady. On November 13th, Jean lost her battle with cancer. She faced that battle with quiet strength and dignity, with never a complaint, always a smile and her sense of humour intact. It is how she lived her life.
Jean was born and raised in Maple Creek, Sask. She moved to Moose Jaw for her nurses training where she met and married the love of her life, the very lucky Dr. Gordon Howden. Following the war the couple returned to Maple Creek to raise their two daughters.
Eventually they moved to BC, first to the Island and then to White Rock. Throughout Jean’s life she has given of herself. Her thoughtfulness and kindness to others was to her very core. She spent many years in community service as a swimming instructor for the Red Cross, a volunteer for the United Way and the Cancer Society and as a member of Eastern Star and the Shriners Auxiliary. In later years her focus was the Rotary Anns.
She loved to play bridge and was a cherished member of two weekly clubs.
First and foremost in her life was her family. She will be lovingly remembered by her devoted husband of 65 years, Gordon, her daughters Lee Ann and Lindy (Mike), grandsons Brody, Colin (Lindsay) and Kyle, brother Don (Shirley), nephew Doug and niece Phyllis (Jack). Jean was much loved by family and friends and she leaves us all with many wonderful memories of a life lived to the fullest. She will be sorely missed but her spirit will be forever with us. The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to all the staff at Laurel Place for their care and compassion.
At Jean’s request their will be no service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.
An informal tea will be held on Wed. November 26th from 1-3pm in the clubhouse of Southwynd, 1705 – 1785
Martin Dr, Surrey.
Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre