Jean Margaret Whitney (nee Hicks) fondly remembered as "Mama Jean", 87, passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa, October 25, 2021. Her daughter Karen Guirey (Whitney) and her grand-daughter Julie Armstrong (Guirey) were by her side and she will be dearly missed.
Jean was one of seven children, survived by her sister Marie Curtain (Hicks), and her brother Everitt (Hicks), and predeceased by her siblings, Jimmy, Glen, Mable, and Patsy.
Jean married June 25th, 1955 to Robert Roy Whitney who was predeceased in April 1994.
Mama Jean was an active member of the Catholic Church throughout her life. Jean worked at Zellers in Oshawa for 34 years and made life-long friends, retiring in 1995. After retirement, she volunteered at Oshawa Senior Citizens, St. Vincent's kitchen and store. Her life was dedicated to the service of her family and friends.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter Karen and her husband Bert van Hout, and her granddaughter Julie Armstrong and her husband Greg and her in-laws Alan, Charles, Barb, Marg and Don and pre-deceased John. She will be lovingly remembered by Michael Guirey and David van Hout for her kindness, wit, strength and compassion.
Celebration will be held in her honour in the early summer of 2022. We request all of Mama Jean's loved ones to join us in celebrating her beautiful life at this event.
Information will follow regarding this gathering.
Published by Durham Region News on Nov. 18, 2021.