Mary Jean Dayman passed away peacefully at Rocky Mountain Village on February 7, 2014 at the age of 85 years.
Jean was born in Fernie on March 23, 1928. She loved Fernie so much she spent the rest of her life here.
She was the second child born to George and Ethel Quail. She had an older brother Doug and younger sisters Pat, Sheila and Brenda. Growing up in the heart of the depression she gained values of caring and giving in her community that remained with her for the rest of her life.
Her youth was spent with family and friends in Fernie during the winter and much of the summer at her grandparents’ cottage on Rosen Lake. As a teen she spent a vacation on Vancouver Island with her aunt and uncle.
Following her graduation in 1946 from the Fernie Secondary School, she began working for BC Telephone Company. It was during this time that she met her husband Aubrey Dayman, who she married in 1950. She left her employment shortly after to start a family. Jean and Aubrey built a house on Pellett Avenue, now known as 3rd Avenue where they raised their three daughters. In 1959 they purchased property on Tie Lake where they built a cabin. Most of the summer was spent at the cabin with a week or two each year spent in Nelson where Aubrey’s family was from.
Jean was an excellent seamstress. For many years she would design and sew her own Halloween costumes and daughter’s dresses. They were definitely something to be proud of.
In the 1960s she volunteered at the Public Health Clinic for a few years and spent a lot of her free time in the winter curling. She and Aubrey collected many trophies over the years at various bonspiels in the East Kootenays.
When the Art Station was under construction she spent many hours there painting walls. She was very proud of her contribution to such a wonderful heritage building.
She was predeceased by her husband Aubrey and is survived by her daughters Wendy Schwab (Gerry), Pam Korum (Laurie) and Susan Glover (Paul), four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Doug Quial (Wilda) and Sheila Buchanan (Jack).
The family would like to express their gratitude for the kindness and care from all the staff at Rocky Mountan Village and to Dr. McBeath who was always there when they needed him.
At Jean’s request, cremation will take place and there will be no service. Condolences received at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.