CONYBEARE, Jean Louise (Hymas)
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July 6, 1929 in Calgary, Alberta
September 16, 2013 in Canberra, Australia
Jean was born in Calgary, Alberta to Bertha and Walter Hymas, growing up on the farm near Rosebud, Alberta with older brother Don and younger sister Marilyn. After attending Grasswold School near the farm, Jean attended schools Sunalta and Central High School in Calgary while living with her farm retired grandparents Louise and William Hymas on Scarboro Avenue. Earning a Bachelor of Education in Home Economics from the University of Alberta, Jean taught in Coaldale and at Sunalta School in Calgary. In early 1960 Jean switched careers to study nursing, graduating with the Gold Medal, from the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing. She enjoyed an active career in public health nursing in Calgary and pursued her love of skiing & hiking in Banff. Jean made many mountain friends, to include Lizzie Rummel who she helped during weekends and holidays at Sunburst Lodge in the Assiniboine area, In 1965 Jean and a girlfriend toured the Pacific and Australia. As love and adventure would have it, Jean met Albertan Eric Conybeare, Professor of Geology, while working at the University of Canberra. They married and Jean became stepmother to Eric's teenage children, Stephanie and John. Jean and Eric were blessed with the arrival of two sons David and Rob. Jean's background in education, public health and her tireless energy, positioned her to improve services for Australian special needs children; and most especially for their youngest son Robbie. In 1989 Jean was awarded the Order of Australia for her volunteer work and accomplishments in this field. During sabbatical years, Jean, Eric and family travelled extensively, visiting family, making many friends and always returning to their beloved Australia. With the passing of husband Eric, son Robbie, and daughter-in-law Tina, David and Jean joined family homes for granddaughters Lily, a few months old and Siobhaun two years old. Jean ran a household for David and two active little girls with the love and care that only a mother/grandmother can provide. Jean will be greatly missed by her family and many friends in Australia and Canada.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Sept. 27, 2013