Jean SHAND
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Obituary of Jean Shirley SHAND

On July 13, 2019 Jean Shand (Giddings) passed away peacefully with her family by her bedside in her retirement apartment. Jean was born in Killarney Manitoba on July 26,1935 the first daughter of two born to Frank Giddings and Vera Giddings (Stone). Jean was predeceased by her parents and wonderful sister Betty Zurba (Giddings). Jean leaves behind her son Ken F. (Anne), daughter Janice, grandchildren Wesley (Amanda) and Angela (Steve) and 3 Great-Grandsons Sawyer, Emerson and Landyn, to carry on her legacy. Her Great Grandchildren called her GG, a title Great Grandma loved. Jean also held that title for many extended family members. Amanda's (Wes) family adopted her (MacIntyre clan). As a young girl, time was spent in the Killarney area, mostly in the small town of Lena. After her father passed away, when Jean was only seven years old, the family stayed in Lena until her mother remarried. They eventually ended up in and around Dauphin and Sifton, Manitoba. Mom's family did mixed farming; Mom finished her schooling in Dauphin. While in school she met her future husband Ken G. Shand. Ken joined the army in 1953.They left Dauphin, moved to Calgary for a short time and eventually settled in Shilo, an army base in southern Manitoba. Mom worked as a secretary in the Army. Mom loved to curl, which she started in Shilo, and in her later years deep water exercise 3 times a week was a favorite. In 1968 the family moved to Germany for 3 years, two years in Summern close to a Canadian army base in Iserlohn, and the last year in Lahr in southern Germany. During their stay, Europe was explored in great detail. After their stay in Germany, Jean and family moved to Edmonton, Alberta where her children finished their schooling and Mom worked for the government as a secretary. Mom then moved and continued her career as a secretary in Calgary. 

Mom retired in 1998 and held various volunteer positions such as, The Calgary Zoo and ushering at theatres. Mom and her cherished friends loved the Stampede and enjoyed the free breakfast/lunches ,the bands, the dancing, the grounds and the rodeo. Mom celebrated her 65th birthday with a surprise party with relatives and friends and her one and only hot air balloon ride. Mom started her world travels in retirement and almost every year would go for a cruise (11 of them), a bus trip or flight. Mom visited China, Russia, British Isles (this included a stop in her mother's home town of St. Austell in Cornwall) Panama, Hawaii, all of Canada, Barbados, and Northern Europe. In 2015 Jean moved to Victoria to be closer to her daughter, Jan. Jean loved the retirement residence until her last day, it was a good move. Jean had a ton of friends here and the staff was wonderful. Mom became a friendship ambassador and would show the new-comers the ropes around the place. Mom stayed active here as long as she could by going to tai chi, yoga, exercise classes, happy hour, horserace's, bingo and going on many trips to farms, theatres, picnics etc in addition to every committee going. Moms humongous circle of friends from Calgary & beyond were a huge part of her world. Mom was loved by everyone and in turn she loved back. One of her pals said it best "Jean's a warm, caring, feisty, human with a wicked sense of humour." It was great having Mom as a Mom and friend. She encouraged us to be ourselves and "WOW" did she ever teach by example and the odd nudge along life's path. Seeya later Mom, enjoy your new journey, LoveYa to the ends of the universe. You are/will be missed, far and wide.

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