It is with heavy hearts we mourn for our Mother’s passing on Friday, April 23, 2021. May she be at peace with her lifelong love Donald John Moyer.
She will be forever loved and remembered by her 4 daughters: Patricia Moyer, Janice Summersides, Elizabeth Moyer and Linda Bock (Raymond); 4 grandchildren Ashley (Chris), Shannon (Jeff), Karen (Frey) and Andrew; and 3 great granddaughters: Ivy, Ada, and Skadi. Also mourning her loss is her extended family in Ontario.
Jean Isobel Moyer (nee Richardson) was born in North Bay, Ontario. She grew up camping, fishing, and canoeing on the northern waterways of Ontario with her beloved father Stanley and brother Bill. Canoes and gardening would become passions she would carry throughout her life. At the age of 89, she was nominated by Edmonton’s City in Bloom committee for the beauty of her gardens.
She first noticed Donald Moyer in Sunday school. Later in her teens, she would make a point of being in her front garden when he walked by her house. Beauty would not be denied, and it was not long before Don would stop to chat and get to know her. They became lifelong partners and would grow up dancing and skating arm and arm the rest of their lives.
During the late 1940s, Jean worked in her father’s furniture store taking over as the manager. When she did, their revenues soared. At the end of summer in 1949, Don worked surveying to pay for their upcoming wedding in August. He lost all his summer’s wages in a poker game. Undaunted, Jean married him anyway. Don was accepted into medical school at Western University in London, Ontario where Jean worked to pay for his education. Medicine would take them to Vancouver and onto Edmonton where they settled in 1956. Don was offered a medical partnership at the Allin Clinic.
Jean was a loving, caring and a supportive mother. She instilled in her daughters a strong belief in education, independence, and resiliency.
Don and Jean shared their love for the outdoors and skiing with their children. Summers were spent camping and winters were for skiing at Marmot Basin, in Jasper, Alberta. They were instrumental in the development of Marmot Basin, becoming involved with the ski hills operation. They enjoyed every winter in Jasper well into their 80’s. In the 1970’s, she and Don built their dream cottage at Lesser Slave Lake. This massive lake with its wilderness and sandy beaches reminded them of their youth in North Bay, Ontario. They met many more lifetime friends on the beaches and around campfires, enjoying cottage life well into their 90’s.
Don had a gregarious personality and loved to socialize. Jean was the organizer of many a party. She was the “hostess with the mostess”. Their home was filled with warmth and love. Any friend or intern who was without family for the holidays was always welcome for Christmas dinner. Late in life she commented “I miss Don, he was so much fun “.
They shared a love of hockey, football, and travel. At age 60, Jean said to Don, “I am going traveling. Are you coming”? They were avid supporters of Edmonton’s hockey and football. When Wayne Gretzky was traded to L.A, Jean cried.
Don passed in 2016 and Jean made the move into independent retirement living. At 92, Jean challenged the driver’s exam and passed with flying colours. As she said near the end “Not bad for a 5 foot 2, eyes of blue, gal”! Nothing could be more understated. We will miss you Mom.
There will be no memorial service due to COVID restrictions. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jeans’ memory to the Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory. http:www.lslbo.org.
Many thanks to the excellent staff at Our Parents Home and to the outstanding care and compassion shown by all the staff at the Norwood Palliative Care Facility.