PAYNE, Dorothy Jean (née LEE)
Feb 21, 1938 – April 14, 2013
Jean passed away peacefully at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital at the age of 75 years. Her loss will be deeply felt by her loving husband of more than 54 years, Morris; daughter Heather MacAlister (Don);son Daniel (Dominique); grandchildren Katie, Kelsey, Zachary, Julianne and Mikaella. Born in Birch River, Manitoba, to Henry and Ivy Lee, Jean grew up with older siblings Lawrence, June, Rose, Margaret, Shirley, Kathy, and younger brother Wayne and sister Linda. She emerged from that large family dynamic with a love of life that was often displayed with the family she built with Morris. Strong and independent, she was also kind and compassionate and she loved to laugh. Jean’s family was the dearest part of her life. She was a deeply devoted and nurturing mom and gramma, always supportive, patient and ready with a hug. Having given her children a loving foundation as a stay-at-home mom, Jean turned to a career of her own in public service, working in Finance for the Correctional Service of Canada for more than 21 years. She gained a great circle of friends and was known for her wonderful manner with people, as well as the delicious cakes she would bake for every occasion! When not in the company of her children and grandchildren Jean loved to read, sew and create family photo albums. An avid walker, she was first struck with cancer in 2006 and battled hard against the terrible disease until it finally took her. The family is extremely grateful to the staff and physicians of the palliative care unit at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital for the quality of their care, and the compassion and empathy they displayed during the last five weeks of Jean’s life.
A service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Rd, Abbotsford.
Tributes and condolences may be left at:
Henderson’s Funeral Home 604-854-5534