Jean was born to Jock & Elsie Rae on January 14, 1920 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jean spent time in school learning embroidery, knitting and other necessary skills of her time. She was an excellent knitter! During World War II she served as a member of the Royal Air Force in Scotland. She enjoyed going to many dances and other functions held for fellow service members. Jean met and married Ken Mitchell during World War II, making her a war bride amongst many others during that time period. They moved back to British Columbia where Ken was from and raised their three sons, Brian, and twins Allan and John Mitchell in the Marpole area of Vancouver. Jean worked at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind for many years. She was also a long-term member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Jean and Ken retired first to the Cloverdale area where they had a small hobby farm. They then decided to move up to Sicamous where Ken was born and raised. Upon Ken’s death in 1997 Jean moved to Salmon Arm.
Jean spent a few years living in Shuswap Lodge and eventually moved to Bastion Place. Jean passed away in the wee hours of Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Jean is predeceased by her oldest son, Brian and her husband, Ken. She will be sadly missed by her other two sons, Allan (Sherry), of Salmon Arm, John (Karin) of Ottawa, her grandson Travis (Jenine) of New Westminster and granddaughter, Crystal of Ottawa. We wish to thank all who took care of mom during her times at Shuswap Lodge, Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Bastion Place.
By request there will be no formal service.
Online condolences can be sent through Jean’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC