Bessie Jean Forester

Bessie Jean Forester

Jean passed away peacefully at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital on January 20, 2015 with her family by her side. Jean leaves behind her children Robert (Rose) Forester and Janet Thompson and her grandchildren Scott (Cheryl), Stacey, Chad (Amanda), Todd (Haly) and great-grandchildren Dawson, Danika, Madeline, Sean, Elyse, Julie, Lohan.

Jean was born and raised in Lemsford Saskatchewan in 1919. She met Allan in her teen years and married in 1940. Together they moved around while he was training with the military. When the war was finished they moved back to Portreeve about 6 miles away from where she was born to raise her own family. When Allan passed in 1979 Jean took over the post office as the Post master. She ran the post office until they forced her retirement at age 65. Jean stayed in Portreeve to care for her sister in law and a few years and later in 1997 she moved to be close to her daughter Janet in the Kootenays.

Her hobbies included quilting through the United Church and playing cards and bingo as a member of Trail senior citizens group. She will always be remembered by both her friends and family for her kindness and generosity. Thank you to the staff at Rosewood Village and the Trail hospital for their care and support.

At the family’s request there will be no funeral service. Interment will take place in Saskatchewan at a later date. For those who wish, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at

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