Our dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend left this world to join loved ones beyond the horizon. Jean's last weeks were filled with family and friends, stories and laughter, tears and farewells-she never faltered and held on to the end with the familiar strength that marked her character. She will be greatly missed by many.
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Here are Jean's parting words written in her own hand:
"Jean Lewis Ritchie Van Wagner
Born June 28, 1931 on a farm in Saskatchewan. Lived 49 years in Pointe Claire, Quebec. Died November 30, 2012 at the age of 81.
Predeceased by my mother, father and sister, Betty; my first born daughter, Shannon Lee and her only daughter, Alice Soren aged 3 years and the light of my life.
I leave the following people to continue on their journey; Peter my husband of 54 years and wonderful father of our children; my daughter Elisa and son Jay (Gisele); grandchildren Rachel and Emmett (father Michael Blakey); Joffre and Marie-Claire and extended family, Mike and Leane of Beaverlodge, Alberta; and sister Helen in Saskatoon. Relatives in Saskatchewan, BC, USA, Barrie, Deep River and Ottawa, Ontario; Westmount and Chateauguay. To all, continue on your journey through life until we meet again.
Special thanks to the following people without whom my life would not have been so complete; Dr. Jonathan Wan and all the staff at the MUHC Montreal General Radio-Oncology Department; Gloria Timmons at NOVA; wonderful friend Grant McKenna (Genevieve), director of Camp Nominingue for his honesty, humour and dedication; Shannon's friend since grade 2, Maryanne Van Oyen for her loving support and the beautiful orchid. Thanks also to our precious neighbours in Pointe Claire, Patsy and Erik Palmen; Donna and Mark Babin; Martine and Pierre Martineau; Gail and John Dixon; Paula and Terry Tobin; and Laura and Pierre-you are counted among the best."
At Jean's request there will be no funeral or visitation; in lieu of flowers, please give generously to the West Island Palliative Care Residence and NOVA West Island.
After cremation the final leg of Jean's journey will bring her to rest beside Shannon and Alice beneath the birch trees at Camp Nominingue. A fond and friendly memorial is planned for spring 2013.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Dec. 4, 2012