Aug 21, 1924 – Aug 22, 2017
August 21, 1924 – August 22, 2017
Jeannette Pauline Nordby Johnson Bakos died peacefully on August 22nd surrounded by her loving family. Jeannette was predeceased by her eleven brothers and sisters and by her husband Dr. Leslie Bakos.
Jeannette was born in Canwood, Saskatchewan, the second youngest, after her twin brother, James Paul Nordby, to her devoted parents Martin and Emma Nordby.
She grew up in a pioneer lifestyle where she learned to be independent, resourceful and to make the best of things.
After leaving home, she worked hard to become a psychiatric nurse at the North Battleford Hospital, eventually becoming Supervisor. During this time, she met and married her first husband, Art Johnson. Unfortunately, Art became ill and Jeannette’s life revolved around working and visiting her sick husband.
After Art’s eventual death Jeannette decided to see some of the world. Her adventures took her to castles in Europe and pyramids in Egypt.
The last stop was to visit her cousins who were missionaries in Tanzania. Her nursing skills landed her a job working for a German doctor, extending her time in Africa by six months.
She returned to her new job in Yorkton, SK, where she met and married Dr. Leslie Bakos (radiologist). In 1969 they moved to Abbotsford, BC where they raised their three children Robert (Debbie), James (Theresa) and Gina (Fred).
Jeannette greatly enjoyed spending time with her seven grandchildren, Rachel, Alexander, Samson, Julia, Emma, Sophia and Olivia and one great grandchild, Zoe.
Jeannette was involved in many community activities in Abbotsford over the years, from volunteering at her children’s schools and activities, to supporting Community Services.
She was an active member of the Abbotsford Curling Club for decades, helping organize social events and always a competitive curler.
In later years, she was a keen bridge player. Gardening was her true passion and her yard was admired by all.
She loved to entertain in her home and was a most gracious hostess, making all feel welcome and comfortable.
She will be remembered for her sense of humor, her spirit and her amazing attitude about life, that was inspiring to many of her family and friends.
We invite friends and family to a Celebration of Life on Sunday October 8, 2:00 to 5:00 pm at the Quality Inn, 36035 N. Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC.
Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.