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On The Cover - Remembering Mrs. Jean

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Writing about the life of Mrs. Jean has been a privilege.

I’ve spent the past months captivated by her stories, rereading her books, researching through archives and learning even more about our local history – all thanks to her.

I give my gratitude to Mrs. Jean’s confidants, her children; daughter Evelyn, son Brian and daughter-in-law Kimberley for helping me compile details and photos of her through the ages.

Life has been throwing a lot their way as of late, and they are three remarkable people with extraordinary strength who love and miss their mother profoundly.

“Remembering Mrs. Jean” is for the people who knew her, for those who might not and for the ones who will learn about her legacy in the years to come.

Writing her story wasn’t an easy task as her list of achievements and accolades are admirably long and reputable. (There’s much more of her to write about, learn and know.)

While planning on how to construct the piece, I decided it was best to share her legacy from her directly.

She was a storyteller, after all, and you will find references from all of the books she has written and published; including narratives from her “A Family Album” memory book.

This book was put together by Mrs. Jean exclusively for her immediate and extended family members and shares descriptive details on her life. It allowed me to fall into her stories and gain a better understanding of the one she had lived.

Mrs. Jean had experienced a myriad of hardships, gained plenty of success, unknowingly stood up for herself and still, she remained pleasant and humbled.

Thank you, Mrs. Jean, for telling stories and reminding us why Fort McMurray is an enjoyable place to grow in.


Photo: Mrs. Jean and Dawn Booth at MacDonald Island in September 2017.


Dawn Booth is a local journalist and business owner of the communication service, Media Booth. Residing in Fort McMurray since 2007, Booth has been actively working in the Wood Buffalo region as a media and marketing expert. From her arrival to the city, until November 2010, she worked as the Special Features Editor at the Fort McMurray Today. In April 2011, she co-launched snapd Wood Buffalo and managed the publication for three years, until June 2014. In March 2014, she created Media Booth and is currently working with a wide-variety of clients in the business and nonprofit sectors throughout Alberta. Her passion for volunteering in the community has given her two civic awards from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. She has also received the title for the Fort McMurray Connect's Top 40 Under 40 and is one of Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta's 2014-2015 Women of Inspiration. A happy wife and loving mother to two young boys and a baby girl, Booth can be found easily at