It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Janet (Jean) Emily EMERY, on April 5th, 2006 with her son and daughter-in-law by her side. Jean was the daughter of James and Emily THOMSON, born on October 29, 1922 in Edmonton Alberta.
Jean moved to B.C. in 1940 and settled in Powell River. Jean was employed as a “Rivet girl”, manufacturing aircraft during World War II. She met and married her first husband Gifford NORTHEY, and had one child, Sheila Lynn NORTHEY.
Jean and family moved to Hope, B.C. in 1952 and owned and operated a convenience store. After the dissolve of her first marriage, Jean moved to Chilliwack from 1955-1980. Bill and Jean had one son, Bill EMERY Jr.
Jean worked in local businesses in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s, such as Stedman’s, Pat’s Style Shop (as a Seamstress), People’s Jewellers and eventually at the Government Agent’s office where she retired.
Jean was predeceased by her parents, four brothers and one sister, both husbands and her daughter. Jean is survived by one sister (Maureen BUSTIN) of Chilliwack and one brother (Neil THOMSON) of Powell River, B.C. She is also survived by her son Bill (Gail) EMERY, one step daughter Roxanne (Bob) BOYD of Grinrod, B.C., 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Jean will always be remembered for her open door policy at her home, having an ear to listen and being more than generous with anything she has. A saying told to her by her father, “Never say Whoa in a bad spot”, carried her through life as she met things head on and never backed down. Jean was small in stature but walked with attitude, the word “feisty” describes her perfectly.
Special thanks to the Nurses on the 3rd floor of CGH and the Care nurses at Glenwood Rest Home in Agassiz for making her last days comfortable with their kindness and attentiveness. Jean would remark often how nice you all were.
Thanks Mom for always being there for anyone that needed a hand or an ear, and loving us no matter what.