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Obituary for Jean Mary Petersen

Jean Mary  Petersen
Jean Mary Petersen

It is with sadness Vanessa and I have to tell you our wonderful mom and gramsie, Jean Mary Petersen passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 in Alliston, a month shy of her 91st birthday. We may be grieving our loss but we are also celebrating a loving, smart and strong woman.

She lost her father at the age of two and was raised by her resilient and independent mother through the Great Depression. During the war, she like so many other youngsters spent a year on a farm to avoid the German bombings in the Battle of Britain. She always maintained her classic British stiff upper lip.

In the fifties she went to nursing school where she and her lifelong friend, Margaret (Tub) Condie made the decision to come to Canada. She had no job but Canada has always provided opportunities and she was soon working in her field.

This is my favourite part. In 1960 she went to the El Mocambo to meet a date. My dad, Karl, was there. He saw her, turned to his friend and said that's who I'm going to marry and they did three months later. They stayed in love for nearly forty years til his passing nearly twenty years ago. She never remarried, didn't even date. She always said he was the love of her life.

She was a kind, loving and at times overprotective mom. It was usually easier to tell her what we had done after we had done it.

My favourite moment was when I would lay on the floor on her side of the bed. We would read until my dad in gruff Teutonic accent would say turn that damn light off.

While she lived through the incredible events of the past century, what was more important were the events of her life. She had a career when it was not easy for women to do so, was married to the love of her life, had two great children (some may debate that, she wouldn't I know), an even better son-in-law, Gary McCreight and had the joy of watching her three incredible grandsons, Aaron, Rory and Mckenna grow into wonderful young men.

At the end, my sister and I were at her side and she was surrounded by love. That's a pretty damn good life and one to aspire to.

We love you and miss you but you are with dad again. Go have a nip of sherry. But not too much.
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