MERCHANT, Jean Irene. On the morning of August 8, 2011 Jean Irene Merchant (nee Miller) passed away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospital. She will be greatly missed by her brother Bernard, who resides in England, her children Paul (Dianne), Keith and Joyce Leblanc (Desmond), by her grandchildren Darren, Shawn, Brigitte, Rachel and Luc and her 7 great grandchildren Trevor, Noah, Elijah, Hunter, Jesse, Brianne and Marceline. Born in Edmonton, England on the 27th of February 1918, Jean lived there until near the end of the 2nd World War where she met her future husband, Robert Merchant from Walkerton, Ontario who was a young gunner with the Canadian Army stationed in England at the time. They were married on the 3rd of June 1944. In 1946 Robert was required to return to Canada with his unit for discharge from the Military 1 month before the birth of their first child. On July 21, 1946, Jean sailed to Canada on the Queen Mary, to present their infant son Paul to his father for the first time. She remained in Canada since then, living for many years in Walkerton, and was a resident of White Rock for 38 years. Jean and Robert were married for 56 years when Robert passed away in 2000.
Jean enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren & walking along the White Rock pier, also traveling. There will be no funeral service.