(June 12, 1934 – November 3, 2015)
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mam, Nannan and Great Nannan Jean Spencer. She was born June 12, 1934 in Wath-Upon-Dearne, South Yorkshire, England to her parents Horace and Edith Frost. Jean immigrated to Canada in 1974 with her husband David and 4 children, and settled in Sparwood B.C. Jean passed peacefully on November 3, 2015 with two of her daughters by her side.
A great story teller and tuned in to what was happening around her, when you visited her you could catch up with all the latest happenings. Conversations were always fun with her either politically, what was happening in BC and the world, to what was happening in Victor Newman’s world, or what the shopping network had to offer.
She was always strong and a pillar to her family. We always knew if you needed something she would be there with a wealth of knowledge to help you through. She was given great respect by her children and grandchildren as you knew Nannan would straighten you up if you got too far out of line.
Nannan always seemed to have something that ailed her, but when something needed to be done, she got it done. When she was younger, she worked in the mills in England. When the grandkids came along, she took great enjoyment in knitting and crocheting matinee coats with matching hats and booties. We always looked forward to her baking and Sunday meals and playing Lions T.V bingo. In England, Jean loved spending many a day with her dad playing bingo or placing a small bet on a horse race.
We will miss her and the values and traditions she instilled in us all. The best tradition of all, was singing a Christmas song before we opened presents. It was always trying having to wait for Nannan to come out so we could sing to her, knowing she would drag out her morning routine to keep us in suspense.
Jean will be dearly missed and forever loved by her children, Lynne (Cliff) Sigvaldason of Blairmore AB, Julie Macintosh of Grand Prairie, AB, Chris (Sharon) Spencer of Dawson Creek, BC and Christine (Ray) Laflamme of Elkford, BC; 10 grandchildren, Steven(Melissa) Radford, Jennifer Shade, Bobbie Radford, Jonathon (Jill) Shade, Jolene (Ryan) Currie, Terri-Ann (Brett) Olson, Ashley and Justine Laflamme, Greg (Natalie) Sigvaldason and Wendy Sigvaldason; 12 great-grandchildren, Christopher, Kaylee, Shelby, Rose-Lynne, Saige, Kylen, Connor, Tristan, Brayden, Breanne, Kayla and Cynthia.
She was predeceased by her husband, David in 2011; infant son, Neil-Michael in 1963; parents, Horace and Edith Frost; her only brother, Derick Frost; and three close cousins, Charlotte, Lois and Vera.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Jean will be gratefully accepted by the Heart & Stroke Foundation (207 – 542, 7 St. S., Lethbridge, AB T1J 2H1) or the Canadian Cancer Society
(www.cancer.ca or P.O. Box 359, Bellevue, AB T0K 0C0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements.