Jean Shepherd (Bale)

Jean Shepherd (Bale)

Jean was born on April 4, 1927 in Eston, Saskatchewan, and passed away on April 4, 2015 in Trail at the age of 88 yrs. Jean grew up in Elrose, Saskatchewan, Creston, B.C. and spent her married life in Trail. Jean was predeceased by Bob, her husband of 60 years, her parents, John and Ethel Bale, her siblings and their spouses, Hector and Gladys Bale, Martin and Fern Bale, Anne and Herb Shier, and Margaret and Mick Storey, as well as two nieces, Barbara and Linda Storey. Jean was also predeceased by her close friend, Sylvia Dimock.

Jean is survived by 10 nieces and nephews, Jack Shier, Margaret Horton [Shier], Frances Jamison [Shier], Diane Bruce [Bale], Jim Bale, Bill Bale, Sharlene Woods[Bale], John Bale, and Patty Anne Bale, and Betty Storey. She is also survived by Barss Dimock and his children, Lynn, Rick, Gloria, and Ron.

Jean loved music and was a gifted pianist, and shared her skills over the years in the school as well as Erika Wendland dance. She was a founding member of Harmony Choir and sang with them for many years. She had a full career teaching school in the Trail district. She and Bob enjoyed ballroom dancing and square dancing. She volunteered for the hospital auxiliary as well as for music festivals.

Jean also enjoyed cross country skiing and time spent with Bob at their New Denver property. They had many happy times on cruises to many exotic faraway places.

A Memorial Service for Jean will be held at Trail United Church, 1300 Pine Ave., Trail, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Mountainview Cemetery. Gwen Ziprick of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s register at

As an expression of sympathy, your donations in Jean’s name to the KBRH Auxiliary would be greatly appreciated.

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