JEAN ANNE DURAND Passed peacefully at home with her family at her side in Markham, Ontario on Monday, December 10, 2012 at the age of 65 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Beloved wife and best friend of Alan for 40 fun filled years. Loving mother and best friend to son Derek (Nicole) and daughter Allison (John) Green of Markham. The ultimate grannie, "Honey Bunny" to Annie and Ryan Green. Daughter of Charlie MACKinnon (deceased 1949), Dominion, Nova Scotia and Helen (Zsolt) Molnar, Brantford, Ontario. Loving niece of Stasia Evasuk (deceased 2009) well known Toronto Star fashion writer. Born a coal miner's daughter and coal miner's granddaughter, Jeanne was raised in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. A proud Cape Bretoner, her love of life and positive energy brought happiness to all who had the good fortune to know her. Visitation will be held at the DIXON-GARLAND FUNERAL HOME, 166 Main Street North (Markham Road), Markham, Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A celebration of Jean's life will be held on Friday starting at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to Pancreatic Cancer Canada or charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 12, 2012