YELLAND, Jean Patricia
We announce with sadness the passing our mother, on September 6, 2007, at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach,?after a battle with cancer.
Born in Vancouver on November 28, 1920, she is predeceased by her brothers E.C. (Bud) Laing, and Ronald Laing. She is survived by brothers Robert Laing and Dennis Laing, both of Surrey, sister Yvonne Smyth, of Roatan, Honduras, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sons Gordon (Sue), and Doug (Peggy), and grandchildren Michael, Jennifer, and Robbie.
Jean grew up in Vancouver, and moved to Ottawa at the start of the war to work for the Ministry of Defence in the records department. After the war, she returned to Vancouver, and worked as a legal secretary for several years at the Vancouver City Hall. Always ready to try a bit of adventure, Jean went to Kitimat in the early 50’s, and worked as a secretary at the smelter offices there, when the town and the smelter were just being built. She returned to Vancouver, and in 1956 married Ken. After a few years living in the Lower Mainland, the family moved back to Kitimat for fours years, before coming to Parksville in 1969.
Jean lived in the Parksville/Qualicum area ever since, raising her family and keeping busy volunteering with several local organizations and causes. She worked with the Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary for many years, serving as president for a time.
Jean loved to meet people, and always made an effort to keep in touch with friends and family, no matter where they lived, whether next-door, or on the other side of the world. She also enjoyed doing crafts, including knitting, crochet, painting and beadwork. The family would like to thank the staff at Trillium Lodge, and The Gardens at Qualicum Beach for their excellent care and kindness.
Jean was a great mother, grandmother, wife, and friend, and will be remembered and missed by family and friends.
A service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held on Saturday, October 27, at 1:00 p.m. at Yates Funeral Chapel,?1000 Allsworth Road, Parksville. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the B.C. Cancer Agency in Jean’s name would be appreciated.