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Helen (Jean) Margaret Ann Grant

April 2, 1926 - November 28, 2021


Survived by her daughter Alison (Kingsley), son Jim (Melanie), grandchildren Stuart Grant (Rachel), Erin Bradley (Tom), Katie McCartney (Brett), great-grandchildren Isabelle and Nolan Bradley, and sister-inlaw Doreen Wakefield.
Predeceased by husband Jim (1966), son Stuart (1974), daughter Janice (2019) and brother Bill Wakefield (2019).
Born in Sterlingshire, Scotland the family immigrated to Telkwa BC in 1927. At age 9 the family relocated to Vye Road, Sumas Prairie, Abbotsford, BC where the family farmed. Mom had many very fond memories of her and her brother riding bicycles all over Sumas Prairie delivering newspapers, swimming in the nearby slough and of the life-long friends she met at Upper Sumas and Philip Sheffield schools. Mom had a love of athletics, especially basketball and softball, participating as both a player
and a coach. She was also very involved in fitness and youth sports, coaching little league softball and teaching keep fit classes during the 1960’s. Mom continued to stay active coaching and playing softball into her golden years.  Upon retirement from the Fraser Valley Regional Library Mom dedicated her time to volunteerism through the Abbotsford Community Policing Program. In 1992, she joined forces with the Matsqui Police (now known as the Abbotsford Police) in forming a volunteer group called Seniors Help and Awareness, a support and outreach for seniors in the community that have been victimized. In 1995 she joined the local Citizens Patrol Group to patrol the streets of Abbotsford. She also initiated the Child ID Program in School District 34. Her volunteerism continued well into her 80’s. In 2014, Mom was recognized for her community service work being awarded a Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award by the BC Ministry of Justice and the BC Crime Prevention Association. Mom lived a very full and active life.

The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses on Unit 1 North in Delta Hospital and for the compassionate care Mom received in the Irene Thomas Hospice. The family would especially like to thank Mom’s long-time doctor, Dr. Collingridge of Abbotsford, for his many years of excellent care.

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From: Mel and Willa Kraft
Relation: Living and working in Abbotsford.

I first met Jean (Mrs. Grant) when I started working at the local Shop-Easy Grocery store in Abbotsford after graduation. I often packed her groceries and took them out to her car. Later when I went into real estate, if I remember correctly, I helped her sell her house on Rockland Drive. She was a very gentle, kind soul and always had a smile and a greeting when ever you met her and a good sense of humor. My father in law, George Brown worked with Jean at the Fraser Valley Regional Library for many years. They traveled often together delivering books in the Book Mobile to many communities in the Fraser Valley. It saddens us to hear of Jean’s Passing. She was a very interesting lady and a very active lady. We are so sorry for you loss.
Mel and Willa Kraft
Abbotsford, BC

From: Larry Kimber
Relation: family friend

Our mom and Jean Grant were friends for many many years in the 60’s. Went to school with Jeans younger children and we spent many hours playing ball on the diamond with our moms , these friends instilled a love of sports in their children and we thank them both for this. We haven’t lived in Abbotsford for many years, but make it a point of driving by the Rockland ave. house to think of when things were so much simpler in life. Jean Grant was our moms oldest friend as best we can remember and she was always such a good person, a good mom and a good friend to all that she came in contact with. Our condolences to the family…..from the Kimber family

From: ldkirton@gmail.com
Relation: Friend

Sorry to hear about your Mom. The Boury family lived close to your family when we went to elementary school at Alexander school. I played softball with your Mom in the Ladies league at Centennial and Mill Lake. When we would meet shopping or often at a gathering we slways had time for a chat and some memories. My Mom Lou Boury is close in age and remembers Jean and the friend she was to all who knew her.
So sorry to read the news.
Hugs to you all 💕
Linda Kirton (Boury)

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