Johnston, Jean Ida

johnston-jean-wJanuary 31, 1923 – September 30, 2016
at the age of 93 years

We regret the peaceful passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother Jean, after a courageous fight with Alzheimer’s at Hillside Village Care Home in Salmon Arm, BC.
Jean was born in Blind Bay, BC to Charles and Edith Doebert, one of the original pioneer families. She was the youngest of five girls and three boys, of which all have since passed. After Jean and James married in 1942 they lived on their farm near Canoe, BC for nearly 60 years before James’ passing. Once the farm was sold, her grandson Brent built her a home in Enderby, BC.
Jean was predeceased by her husband James, her son Terry (Joyce) and her son Ken (Sharon). Jean leaves to mourn her daughter Linda (Merv) Weightman, grandchildren; Diana (Ed), Theresa, Brent (Kelly), Tracy, Trevor (Rick), Kevin (Victoria) and her great-grandchildren; Melissa (Travis), Aaron (Mindy), Ashley (Jared), Logan (Vanessa), Alyssa, Maitland, Josie, Maclean, Hudson, Brooklyn, Lawrence, Spencer and baby Gemma Jean.
Jean enjoyed old-time square dancing with all her friends, golfing—her favourite game she called “Oh S*#!”— and painting. She carried her paintbrush in her back pocket wherever she went, never leaving a surface unpainted.
She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. We take comfort in knowing she is being reunited with her loved ones who have passed before her. We thank all the caring, supportive staff in Cottage 1 who cared for Jean so well in the last three years.
There will be no formal service by Jean’s request. A family gathering will be held in the spring, her favourite time of year when all the flowers start to bloom.
“Always Loved, Forever Missed.”


  1. To Linda and Merv. My condolences to you and all of Jean’s grandchildren. I always enjoyed talking to Jean about family and art. I loved the way she approached life with joy and vitality. ‘I guess we are now the older generation’. Love to all of you, the Whitehead Family.

  2. Jean was a big part of our Birthday group. We would get a good number of friends together, to celebrate that month’s birthdays. Jean and Lena Johnston were regulars, I pick up Lena and Pearl picked up Jean. Jean and my husband George had a teasing and flirting relationship from the first time they met. They really enjoyed each others company and we all enjoyed watching their antics. To watch Jean and Lena together was like watching two giggling teenage girls, they truly enjoyed each other.Jean was one of the sweetest people we have ever met, we will miss her beautiful smiles and the teasing glint in her eye. Enjoy your family Jean they have waited a long time to see you.

  3. My sincere condolences to you Linda and family. Known your mom for many years and always loved her bright smile.

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