Southam, Jean MacMillan, C.M.
October 26th, 1915 ~ October 23rd, 2007
Born in Victoria on October 26th, 1915 to HR and Edna MacMillan, Jeannie died just before sunrise on October 23rd at home surrounded by love, three days before her 92nd birthday.
Predeceased by her beloved husband Gordon, their sons Harvey and Gordon, two grandchildren, Joanna and Jason, and her sister Marion Hawley. She is survived by her five daughters Carol, Martha Lou, Stephanie, Lisa and Nancy (Gerald), thirteen gandchildren, nine great-gandchildren and her devoted antique-chewing bulldog, Rosie.
Jeannie will be remembered for her keen intelligence, her unbounded sense of fun, and her irrepressible love of life. Educated in Vancouver, she then graduated in 1938 from Stanford University. Amongst her directorships were MacMillan Bloedel, Vancouver Aquarium, York House School, Brentwood College, World Wildlife Fund, Holt Renfrew, and Pearson College of the Pacific. Additionally, Jeannie was a founding Canadian supporter of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award World Fellowship. Mum felt especially grateful for the loyalty and years of service from Jake, Brenda, Misa, Josie, Joy Holly and Chris. The family is particularly thankful for the patient and tender attention given these past nine months to Mum by her nurses and caregivers. Jeannie leaves a longing and a smile in the hearts of all who knew her.
Private cremation. A memorial service was held at
3 o’clock on Thursday, November 1st, 2007 at Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia.
One of Mum’s legacies was her extraordinary philanthropy to many causes. It is with this in mind that if you so wish, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in her memory.
Walkey & Company Funeral Directors (1-604-738-0006)