1916 – 2006
As Jean Grieve, Jean’s life took a dramatic turn during her final year of nurses training at the University Hospital in Edmonton. Diagnosed with TB (tuberculosis) of the lung, she was permitted by the Superintendent of the hospital (her uncle) to continue the only treatment for the condition, bed rest (this was in the 30s before the advent of the miracle drugs), at her farm home in the care of her mother, his sister. Some weeks later, obviously failing, subsequent X-rays showed that the other lung was infected. Now desperate, her reluctant father gave in to the persuasions of his wife to have Jean prayed for by a visiting evangelist for healing. She was, the healing was Biblical – instantaneous, Jean described the “touch” as a mild shock.
The still skeptical father demanded medical proof. New X-rays were negative – no TB! Because the hospital’s policy precluded re-entrance to the nursing training, Jean redirected her life to Christian service. She met Bob Peel at Bible College, they served together most of their lives as missionaries in South Africa, Kenya, and Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
Jean leaves, with fond memories, her brother Bob (Jeannine) and family across Canada, her daughter Evelyn and family across South Africa, cousins in California, and a host of friends around the world.
Now a permanent resident of heaven, in the presence of Jesus, the One whom she served all of her life, she will be reunited with Bob, her parents, and a host of old friends.
A memorial service will be celebrated at Abbotsford Pentecostal Church on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers an opportunity is afforded to support the ministry of Teen Challenge.