Jean Oakes

March 11, 1932 – Sept. 16, 2011

Jean passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 at the age of 79, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Vancouver Jean was raised with her 3 sisters; Faye, Mary and Margaret, by her parents Jane and Dirk Greveling. She had 3 children with her husband Cleland Oakes; Arnold Oakes and Cathy (Percy) Gavronsky. She was close to her 4 grandchildren, Warren (Sarah), Pamela (Andy), Daniel (Ashley), and Jamie, and was thrilled with the birth of her great grandchild, Aliah. Jean was predeceased by her youngest son Alan (1990) and spouse Cleland (1993).

She was proud of her 32 years with B.C. Tel which included working in Vanoucver, Kitimat, Terrace and Nanaimo. She enjoyed many years of wine making and knitting, loved shoe shopping, summers at the ocean, and Purdy’s maple walnut chocolates.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Jeans life. We would like to recognize all the staff at Mills for their kind words, and work ethics while Jean was there.

Greatly loved and sadly missed by friends and family.


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