Jean Kidd was born in Shaunavon, SK on May 31, 1920 to William and Helen (Stewart) Kidd. She died in Trail, BC on October 13, 2012 at the age of 92.
Jean’s family moved to Weyburn and subsequently settled in Regina. There she met Zeke (Robert) Clements, her future husband, at the skating rink. They married in 1943 and moved to Trail in 1946 where they raised their family of three. In 1985, Zeke and Jean moved to Castlegar to enjoy retirement. Since June of this year, she had resided at Mountain Side Village in Fruitvale.
An accomplished oil, pastel and watercolour artist, Jean was a member of the Trail Art Club for many years. She played the cello in the Regina Symphony Orchestra and would serenade Zeke every morning on the piano. As well, Jean sang in the A Cappella Choir in Trail. Along with being a wonderful seamstress, she enjoyed swimming, skating, golfing, knitting, gardening and was passionate about federal politics to the end. She was the household handyman as well. All creatures big and small gave her great enjoyment, especially her cats. Jean would diligently pack and unpack all the camping gear every weekend and on holidays so that her family could enjoy the many happy times spent at Christina Lake.
She is survived by Zeke – her husband of 69 years – as well as her children, Linda Murdoch, Barb (Ron) Holm, Rob (Sharon) Clements and grandchildren Moira, Jim, Bill and Gord Tod, Craig and Alison Holm, Tadd and Tim Clements. She also enjoyed nine great-grandchildren, all of whom were fortunate enough to meet her. Jean is predeceased by her siblings, Mary, Helen, and Bud and is survived by Elizabeth Kitson of Regina.
Feisty to the end, she was a steadfast guide in our lives. We are grateful for having her creativity, passion and love in the family for such a long time.
The family appreciates the care and kindnesses offered by the team at Mountain Side Village (a great place to live), Dr. E. McCoid and the caring staff at the hospital in Trail.
By Jean’s request, there will be no service. Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca.
For those who wish, donations may be made in her memory to the Trail SPCA, 7700 Hwy 3B, Trail, BC V1R 4A7.