November 24, 1930 – October 15, 2020
Jane (Sheena) MacLean passed away peacefully on October 15, 2020 at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. She was surrounded by love with family by her side. Sheena was born on November 24, 1930 in Ferniegaire, Lanarkshire, Scotland (the second of five Murray girls).
She spent her early years in Inverness, Scotland, where she graduated from secretarial school and held her first job as a secretary with Inland Revenue. Sheena met her husband and the love of her life, John MacLean on the Larkin Ski hill and they were married in 1952 in Inverness. They settled in nearby Nairnside when their two children Barbara and David were born.
In 1955 John emigrated to Canada, two months later Sheena sailed across the Atlantic to Montreal with their two young children in tow. She then boarded a train and spent two days and three nights across Canada to join John in Red Deer, where they settled. Sheena was a devoted mother and wife and would do what she had to do to help and support her family.
Shortly after their arrival, they formed a blessed and lifelong friendship with their cousins Bill and Isobel Huddleston. They spent many fun holidays and times together including many summer camping and fishing trips to Vancouver Island with their families.
Sheena was a strong woman, both in her Christian faith and how she supported and loved her family and friends. She was kind, caring and generous to everyone she met. Sheena spent many happy years in fellowship at Balmoral Bible Chapel.
In 1956 Sheena started her career at the Red Deer Hospital in Medical records and then moved on to the Lab as the Office Supervisor. She retired in 1984 with plans of spending more time with her family and travelling with John.
Unfortunately that was not meant to be as he passed away two weeks after she retired. After John’s passing she was determined to be independent and not to be a ‘bother’ to anyone so she got her driver’s license at the age of 53. Both Sheena and John loved to travel. They returned several times to Scotland and Europe. Sheena continued her love for travel and to have her sisters join her for visits.
She made many return visits to Scotland and England as well as Europe, United States, New Zealand and Australia and would arrange to take family members on many of her travels. Sheena loved to listen to classical music and always enjoyed going to the Opera, especially when it was in London. She was devoted to her
immediate family and her loved ones across the ‘pond’.
Sheena is lovingly survived by her youngest sister Joan McGibbon (Greg) and Murray (nephew) in Ottawa; her children Barbara Young (Ken), David (Pamela); her grandchildren Julie Young, Andrea (Chad) and Jonathan (Ashleigh); great grandchildren Cailum and Athena. She will be lovingly remembered by her sister-in-law Judy MacLean in Australia and many nieces and nephews all around the world.
Sheena was predeceased by her loving husband John in 1984, her parents John and Elizabeth Murray, her sisters and their husbands; May Owens (John), Betty Jack (Vince), and Ina Harris (Win).
The family would like to thank the staff on Unit 3500 at Michener Extendicare for their loving care to Sheena over the last three years, especially Jaycee who treated Sheena so special. In recognition of the issues faced by COVID the family will be having a private graveside service.
Condolescences can be left for the family at www.eventidefuneralchapels.com
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