September 15, 1940 – July 30, 2017
at the age of 76 years
Jane Helen Essex [nee Watt] 76 born in High River, AB passed away peacefully in her sleep at SLGH on July 30 with her loving husband of 56 years Ron at her side. Jane is also survived by son Christopher in North Vancouver and daughter Karen in Toronto as well as brother Frank Watt in Salmon Arm.
Jane’s wages supported Ron while he completed his training in Education, and early career in Powell River and Richmond, and it was only in Salmon Arm with both children in school that she began her own post-secondary education to become a certified Teacher-on-Call working for 20 years in every subject area imaginable to retire with Ron in 1998.
Two teachers in one family makes for a busy life, along with music lessons for the children, both of whom played in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra while still in high school.
The family is deeply indebted to the staff of SLGH, particularly the ER nurses, the Chemo nurses, and Ambulatory wound-care nurses, for their always excellent and compassionate care of Jane, and particularly Dr. Malinowski, a dedicated physician and long-time family friend.
There will be no service by request. Donations in Jane’s name may be made to the Shuswap Hospital Foundation, Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3, shuswaphospitalfoundation.org.