Jean Haines was a much loved, beautiful soul, blessed with a wonderful life. Always in our hearts, she passed away, too soon, on March 22nd, 2010.
She was predeceased by husband, Jack, in October 2000. Together they raised their family on Sunnyside Road in Surrey, then escaped to Saltspring Island in 1975. Never idle, they worked hard to build their home, and grew large gardens with a pioneer enthusiasm. They thrived on everything Saltspring had to offer, and in return offered their friendship and generosity of spirit. Jean enjoyed bowling and golf into her 80’s, and volunteered at the Lady Minto, Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop for 30 years. She could still beat us all at Scrabble. Jean moved to Oak Crest Drive in 2009, to live with daughter, Lauren, and was immediately embraced by the most welcoming, friendly neighbourhood in Victoria. She enjoyed working in the garden, and appeared to be getting younger not older.
Jean is survived by her sister Marguerite Thompson, sister-in-law Ivy Eastman, by her four children, Joyce Cowie (Barry d.2009), Bill Haines (Marie), Lauren Haines, Penny Youngash (Mark), nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. We will miss her, so much.
A memorial tea will be held for Jean Haines on Saturday, April 24th, at Beecher Place in Crescent Beach, from 11a.m.-1:30p.m. (Beecher Place, 12160 Beecher Street, at the beach. Access to upstairs room, at the back.)
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lady Minto Hospital, on Saltspring Island www.ladymintofoundation.com/or become a volunteer in your community.