Jean was born in Lethbridge Alberta on February 7, 1943 and passed peacefully with her family by her side July 24th, 2015.
Jean is pre-deceased by her parents Kazuo and Kumi Wada. She is survived by her husband Donald Craft of Fruitvale, BC, her brother Joe Wada of Barnwell, Alberta, her son Pat Craft of Sparwood, BC, daughter Laurel Craft (Dale Reimer) of Cranbrook, BC as well as her grandson Joey Reimer of Cranbrook, BC, step grandson Jake Reimer of Calgary, AB, step granddaughter Amy Reimer-Villegas of Kansas City, Kansas, her brother and sister-in-law Larry and Dolly Craft of Sparwood, BC, nieces and nephews Roy Craft, David Craft, Curtis Craft, Cheryl Graham, Donna Joinson, Jennifer Craft, Glen Wada and Marty Planger.
Jean grew up in Southern Alberta with her family working in the sugar beet fields. She attended business college in Lethbridge and soon after married her rebel and saviour Don. She gave birth to a daughter in Taber and a son in Calgary. Don and Jean made their way to Sparwood, BC where she worked for many years in the mining offices. They also lived in Coquitlam, BC for a 5 year term where she enjoyed working for a lumber export business. Jean was a very conscientious worker and took great pride in everything she did. Eventually she and Don settled in Fruitvale, BC. She loved her friends and family and supported us all with her thoughtfulness. She especially loved doting on her grandson and gifted him with her encouraging actions. Her great pass time was a passion for watching all sports, spending time at the bingo halls, and enjoying trips across the border to partake at the Casinos.
The family would like to thank Dr. Scotland and the KBRH staff, Dr. McCoid and the Fruitvale medical clinic staff, for their great care and attention during her decade of health difficulties.
A very special thank you to the staff at the 300 block of Columbia View Lodge where she was truly blessed to spend her final days with such wonderful care and thoughtfulness.
There will be a celebration of life held at the Fruitvale curling rink on August 22, 2015 @ 1 PM. You are invited to leave a message of memory by visiting the family’s register at www.myalternatives.ca and any monetary expressions of memory to The Greater Trail Hospice Society www.trailhospice.org.
“She was courageous with her life and shared her strength and sweetness with us all”.