February 27, 1935-February 17, 2014
With lots of love, heavy hearts, sadness we say goodbye, knowing she will always be with us, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and auntie.
She was predeceased by her parents James and Sarah Cowper (McAvoy), sisters Janet (Waldbauer), Elizabeth (Wright), brothers Don and Jim, Jeannie is survived by her loving family including husband Neil, daughter Karen (Tony) Maximchuk of Sevenoaks, Kent, UK, sons Brad (Anne), Murray (Andrea), grandchildren Natasha and Katherine Maximchuk, Brett (Tracy) McDonald, Bruin and ‘Mc’Kai McDonald, and childhood friend Greta (Froelich). Jeannie was born in Galt (now Cambridge), Ontario. A gifted student, she graduated from Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School after which she took nurses training in Victoria Hospital, London, Ont., beginning married life with Neil in 1955 at the University of Michigan and later in British Columbia, including Nelson since 1982. Jeannie was a very loving, and devoted mother and excelled in raising, developing, supporting, and maintaining her family. She had a rich, subtle, and insightful sense of humour, coupled with strong convictions she gracefully, calmly, and caringly presented. Along with her charm and beauty, she was also a talented artist/painter and athlete. Golf was much enjoyed, not only with her loving friends but also with husband and family, in Canada, UK and U.S.A. In later years, Jeannie bravely battled physical difficulties including chronic kidney disease, COPD, and rheumatoid arthritis, showing incredible strength, determination and courage. We will all miss her dearly and she will always remain with us.
Interment will be in the Nelson Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum. In Memoriam, a small , informal, family gathering will be held.
As an expression of sympathy, donations are appreciated to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch, 601 Vernon Street, Nelson, BC V1L 4E9 or the Salvation Army, #320-1600 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 9Z9
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Funeral arrangements are under the direction of
Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.