COZENS, Jean . It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jean Cozens of Lake Cowichan on October 21, 2013. Jean is survived by her husband Bill, brothers Ken (Anne) and Ron (Shirley), sisters Arlene (Len) and Judy, son Marty (Sue), daughter Charlene (Markus), step-daughters Karmen and Candice, and grandsons Lukas, Liam and Logan Wenzel. Born in Edmonton in 1941, Jean moved to Victoria in her 20's with her young family. She worked for 26 years at the Law Courts, retiring to Lake Cowichan in 1996. Despite a short and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Jean was grateful for her many healthy years of retirement, travelling the world, boating and skiing, enjoying her grandsons immensely, annual trailering trips to Mexico with Bill, and building a new home on the lake. Jean hiked with Victoria's Club Tread and the Duncan Hiking Club. She set up the Cowichan Lake "Retreads", brought the Terry Fox run back in 2011, and explored with the Cowichan Valley ATV Club. She was a regular among the "Red Hatters", enjoyed bridge and scrabble, and her love of badminton took her to the 96 Atlanta Games as an official. Her spirit blossomed in retirement, as could be seen by the wide, infectious smile that will so be missed. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her honour can be made to the Victoria Hospice, where she spent her final days. Heartfelt thanks to the amazing staff, and friends and family who went out of their way to make Jean comfortable: Willa, Candice, Penny, Charlene, and Edie. A celebration of her life will be held at the Cowichan Lake Curling Club on Saturday, November 9th from 1-4. On line condolences at www.hwwallacecbc.com
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Published in Cowichan Valley Citizen from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2013