On The Cover - Remembering Mrs. Jean
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.