Mabel Jean Heal (nee Gregerson)
Our mother, grandmother, great grandmother left us peacefully on Sept. 30, 2014 in the Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert, B.C. at the age of 94, with her son Lawrence and close friend Lori by her side.
Jean and her twin sister Margaret were born on July 29, 1920 in the old Smithers town hall. She grew up on the Gregerson family farm in Evelyn and attended the one room school in that community. During the years before she married, she worked on the Low farm in Walcott and in the home of Dr. Green in Smithers.
Mum married Reginald Heal on Sept. 8, 1943 in the old United Church in Smithers. They lived on the Ernie Heal farm until 1956 when they moved to Smithers into their home on 1st Ave. Mum was a very dedicated family person. She always remembered birthdays and loved spending time with all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mum also kept track of relations in England and the States. She enjoyed gardening, knitting and sewing and was a Brownie leader for a number of years in both Telkwa and Smithers.
Mum greatly valued her membership in the Royal Purple – her “ladies” were very special to her. She would even plan her holidays around their meetings. The Arthritis Society was also very important to her as well as the time she spent with the Seniors Centre.
Jean is predeceased by her husband Reg Heal, twin sister Margaret, her brother Ted, parents Mary and Gilbert Gregerson and daughter-in-law Lenore. She has left behind her loving family; her son Lawrence Heal in Prince Rupert, B.C.; daughter Barbara (Brian) Hurstfield in Sorrento, B.C.; grandchildren Shani (Arnie) Parnell, Jordan Heal, Cynthia (Vance) Finch, Sonja (Ben) Thomas and Fiona (Andy) Warren; great grandchildren Cora, Caroline, Brett, Kassandra, Danielle, Myles, Brody, Madison, Rafe and Alexa along with a few cousins, nieces and nephews.
Our family would like to thank the staff of the Acropolis Manor in Prince Rupert for the care and compassion given to our mother during her stay with them. It is very much appreciated by the all of the family.
A Celebration of Life for Jean will be held at Easter in Smithers.
R.A. Schrader Funeral Services