Jean I. Pearpoint

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In her 99th year, Jean passed peacefully at Capilano Care Centre in West Vancouver on December 23, 2013.

Born on the homestead at Sec 36 TP31 RG 14 W2 near Elfros, Sask., Jean was of genuine pioneer stock (nee Muir). She survived the 'Dirty Thirties', became a teacher and for two decades, taught and led choirs, drama and choral groups: Choir Director for the Shaunavon United Church from 1948-1967, and the Shaunavon Centennial Choir; stalwart in the Shaunavon Music Festival Association for decades, and then moved to Saskatoon, and finally North Vancouver.

Jean married Ron Pearpoint, managing the Coffee Shop in Melfort, then in 1948, the Kings Hotel in Shaunavon. They had three children: Jack (Toronto), Ronald (Calgary) and Kate (Toronto). Jean was widowed in 1955, so she ran the hotel, taught and raised her family as her life work. She lived in her own home until she was 97. She was a true prairie woman, plainspoken, a woman of principle, and nurtured the very best in so many of us.

She is survived by her three children, two grandchildren, Andrew and Meghan Marshall, and her sister Catherine McKay and her family: Paige, Sandra and Ross Fisher, Meg McKay and their children; Florence Pearpoint and her children: Terry, Gerry, Ryan and Randy and their children; Reg and Murial Laxdal; Betty Lander, and in Scotland, Andrew and Maie Merrylees and their extended family.

She was generous and kind to many and will be missed by all. There will be a Memorial Celebration of a full life lived in the spring in North Vancouver.

Memorial donations to the charity of your choice.
Published in The North Shore News on Jan. 15, 2014