Jan. 15, 1933 – Aug. 6, 2013

It is with immense sadness that Jean’s family announces her peaceful passing on the morning of August 6th, 2013. Beatrice Jean was born in Innisfail, AB on January 15, 1933 to Bill and Ivy Lewis, and was raised on the family farm with her brothers, Jim, Bob and George, in Spruceview, AB. After completing her education, Jean joined the RCAF where she met and married Bill Delaney. Their union produced three sons, Keith, Kevin and Craig. After retiring from the RCAF in 1968, the family moved to Red Deer, AB to be close to Jean’s family. Jean and Bill divorced in 1971, at which time she embraced raising her three boys on her own, creating a very special family bond. She was their biggest cheerleader and always supported every endeavor with love and wisdom. She was incredibly close to her grandchildren, Ryan, Trisha and Danielle, Katie and Cody, and her five great grandchildren. Jean also had very loving relationships with all of her nieces and nephews, brothers and sister-in-laws, and always made everyone feel special. During her brief battle with cancer she constantly reassured everyone that things were going to be ok, more concerned for those left behind than herself. She showed the same strength and courage as her mother Ivy possessed during her own battle with cancer. We had seen this strength nine years ago when she lost Keith, remaining by his side until the end. Jean is survived by her two sons and their families; Kevin and Evelyn (Danielle, Katie and Cody) and Craig and Tricia, and Keith’s children, Ryan and Trisha and their families. She is also survived by her brother George and his wife Helen, and far too many nieces, nephews and friends to mention. Every one of them held a special place in Aunty Jean’s heart, and her in theirs. Her loss has left an immense hole in our family and she will be truly missed. Jean was predeceased by her parents, Ivy and Bill, her brothers Bob and Jim, and her beloved son, Keith. Jean’s family would like to convey a special thank you to Wendy Parcels, who cared for Jean throughout her sickness. Your love, kindness and care for Jean made this journey easier for all of us. We truly appreciate all you have done. A celebration of Jean’s life and accomplishments will be held at Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4758 – 50 Street, Red Deer, AB on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with a reception to follow at the Red Deer Lodge, 4311 – 49 Avenue, Red Deer, AB.

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