August 24, 1920 - Edmonton, AB
September 17, 2013 - Calgary, AB
Jessie Spencer passed away peacefully at high noon, on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the age of 93 years. Jessie was the joyful matriarch of the family, and kept track of everyone. She was born in Edmonton, and raised in Vermilion, AB. She was valedictorian of her high school class. Jessie was a telephone operator in Vermilion for six years and was a friend to everyone in town and in the country. Jessie loved people, and always saw the world through rose colored glasses, seeing the best side of everything. Jessie loved Edmonton and was a proud Canadian. She was proud of her Scottish heritage, and was known to show off the Highland fling at parties. She raised her family in Edmonton, and Amisk, AB. Jessie loved to tell stories of her time as a farm wife. Jessie was one of the first female realtors in Edmonton in 1960; working for Weber Brothers Realty, where she became the West End Manager. She loved to make a deal! She was known for her honesty, integrity, and straightforward approach to life. Jessie and husband Frank had summer cabins at Seba Beach and Sylvan Lake, where the extended family would gather. Jessie learned to golf in her new life with Wayne, and enjoyed their times at the Edmonton Country Club. Jessie loved spending winters in Hawaii. Jessie and Wayne travelled to Holland twice, for services commemorating WWII. Jessie moved to Calgary in 2004, to be near to her grandchildren. She enjoyed living in Trinity Lodge, where she was the first Woman of Wisdom. Jessie loved to organize and play bridge. Her sense of humour helped her adjust to life in Calgary. She spent the last year at Beverly Glenmore. On August 24, the family celebrated her 93rd birthday on a beautiful afternoon in the courtyard. Jessie was a joy to know, truly one of a kind. We will miss her, but her spirit will live on with everyone whose lives she touched. She is survived by her daughter Susan (Earle) Harris; son Don Oxford; stepdaughter Susan (Alan) Lanyon; and stepdaughter Valerie Bright. She was a loving Gram to Brent (Andrea), Megan (Garett), Scott (Miriam), Kelly (James), Lauren (Craig) and Spencer. And she was Great Gram to Salinger, Henry, Beatrix, Adelaide, Silas, Harrison, Emeline and Edward. Jessie was predeceased by her husbands, Frank Oxford and Wayne Spencer; parents Hughina and Scotty Swanson; brothers, Jim and Bill Swanson; sisters, Jean Phillips and Babs Robinson and infant son Douglas Oxford. A family celebration will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family extend our love and appreciation to all her kind caregivers. In living memory of Jessie Spencer, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald on Sept. 21, 2013