Jean Ellen Crawford was born on April 19, 1929 at home in Ponoka, Alberta, to Lyle and Cecille Hoar.
She attended school at Dakota and then the Brick School in Ponoka. After graduating high school in 1946, she worked at the Bank of Commerce until she married Thomas Kerr Crawford on September 24, 1948.
Jean and Tom traveled all over North America in their pristine motorhome. Together they had “many wonderful holidays and many special 59 years together”. They visited South Ram River, explored the beauty and fall colours around Nordegg, swam at Gull Lake, visited Vancouver Island, went salmon fishing at Campbell River, and spent many nights at camping sites around Alberta and British Columbia. They also took a trip to South Dakota and the Black Hills, all over the United States, and joined their kids on road trips to Disneyland. They also travelled to Hawaii.
One of their favourite places to visit was Mesa, Arizona, on their annual “Snowbird” trip where they played lots of cards, golfed, visited flea markets, and made lifelong friends along the way.
Jean made every holiday special. Christmases were filled with mountains of presents, heaps of wrapping paper, lots of laughter and beautiful meals shared with her family. Every year Jean would wrap up her Christmas tree with plastic â€” with the ornaments still hanging on it â€” and haul it downstairs to put it away for another year.
Until recently, Jean did not miss a single Ponoka Stampede parade and loved attending it with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her life was devoted to volunteering in her community, especially the Ponoka General Hospital, Ladies Auxiliary.
She loved all types of flowers and watching the deer, squirrels, porcupines, and hummingbirds in their backyard. She also loved blue jays â€” and the Toronto Blue Jays. Jean loved watching baseball and curling and staying on top of what was happening in the world.
Jean had a special place in her heart for all dogs starting with the Crawford family dog, Chico, a spirited Chihuahua who Jean still talked about often. As her children grew up and had children of their own, she also became fond of their family dogs: Cato, Trapper, Sheeba, Rambo, Cooper, Murphy, Indy, Cutch and Cinnamon.
Jean was always there for her children John (Donna), Bill (Judy), David (Sue), Rick (Louanne) and Mary (Kirk). Blessed with fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren, Jean loved and cherished every moment that she had with them. She made each of them feel special, sending them a card every year just in time for their birthdays and would never miss a phone call.
She is survived by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as her brother Gordon (Elsie) Hoar and her brother-in-law Bill Crawford. Jean was predeceased by her husband Tom on January 27, 2008; her brother Leslie and sister-in-law Marion Hoar; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ron and Marion Crawford; her sister-in-law Margaret and brother-in-law Herald Dewhirst; her sister-in-law Isabella and brother-in-law Peter Prive; nephew Allen Crawford; and sister-in-law Vivian Crawford.
A Celebration of Jean’s life will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #66, Ponoka, Alberta. Donations in Jean’s name are gratefully accepted to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, Ladies Auxiliary. To express condolences to Jean’s family, please visit womboldfuneralhomes.com
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