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KELSO, Jean (Morton)

1934 – St. Lambert, Quebec
2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Jean passed away peacefully and with dignity at the Bow Crest Care Centre at the end of a long battle with dementia on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the age of 79 years.

Jean was born in St. Lambert, Quebec, grew up in Montreal, then Ottawa, and then moved to rural Ontario with her family in 1949. Following high school she learned secretarial arts at Notre Dame in Montreal. She worked in Ottawa, Calgary and Prescott until marrying Gordon on September 3, 1955. As an Air Force wife Jean’s life had many adventures as they moved frequently. She was often in charge of all details due to Gordon’s absence. Once she bought a new house while he was away on a training course. She met all trials with equanimity and courage and made a great home for her family wherever they went. She loved gardening, sewing, knitting and travel, and made her own hats, however had little love for games. Jean was a twenty-five year member of the Eastern Star and a faithful member of the United Church wherever she lived. She was driven to contribute to family success and thus worked outside the home when child maturity and job opportunities permitted. She became highly qualified as a legal secretary. This could have been a full career but she was not satisfied and when the opportunity arose, she ventured into the field of real estate sales which had been a long-held vision. Her success in this area and love of the business is well known. She was a Pioneer with world-renowned Re/Max as a member of the 3rd office in Canada, entered the Re/Max Hall of Fame in 1990 and received their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, finally retiring from active sales at the end of 2005. We believe she is still missed by many friends and colleagues.

Jean is the beloved wife of Gordon, her husband of fifty-seven years; mother of Mark (Connie) of Trenton, ON, Julie (Ron) Jackson of Smiths Falls, ON and Carolyn (Russell) Murray of Calgary; grandmother of Robert (Michelle) of Toronto, ON, Gordon (Amanda) of Trenton, ON, Ryan (Courtney) of Edmonton and Connor of Calgary; and great-grandmother of Michael. Jean is survived by Gordon, her children, her sister Ann Nault of Portland, Oregon, and many nieces, nephews and their descendants from London, England to San Francisco, California. She was predeceased by her parents Donald and Elizabeth Morton, beloved Aunty Bunty, sister Elizabeth, brother Jimmy.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, May 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Cremation has taken place and burial will be held at a later date in Ontario. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, or directly to the charity of the donor’s choice. The family is grateful to the wonderful staff at Bow Crest Care Centre and to Dr. Catherine McKenna who cared for Jean so compassionately during her stay with them of over three years.
In living memory of Jean Kelso, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Greg and Maureen Ramage :

    Dear Kelso Families:
    We send you all our deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort as you say good bye to your Wife, Mom and Grandma, Jean.
    Jean was a kind, bubbly light at Re/Max, we always had great conversations with her and so enjoyed her company. She is now celebrating the “Delights of Heaven”
    no more earthly pain.
    Sending you all hugs! Old Re/Max Friends

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  2. Sharleine M. Haycock :

    Dear Gord and Family:
    My hearfelt sympathy goes out to all of you in the passing of a dear wife, loving mother and grandmother. May God, the Source of all comfort, be with you all in the days ahead and may it give you peace to know that Jean is now at peace and no longer suffering. God rest her weary soul.
    Sincere condolences, love and prayers, Sharleine Haycock, Belleville, ON

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  3. Cathie Kelso :

    Hello Uncle Gordon and family. Your Ontario family loves you very much. Sorry we are not able to be with you but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I am thankful that Aunt Jean is now free from this terrible disease and is now at peace. Love to all!

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  4. Sefton & Penny Wallace :

    It’s a sad time for you and your family, but Jean is now released from all difficulties, and you can take some comfort in that.
    Sefton and Penny

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  5. Trevor and Sherri Ramage :

    Dear Kelso Family,
    May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you.

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  6. Mark and Jessica :

    Jessica and I are thinking of you alot, you are in our hearts.

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  7. Elaine Sulima :

    May God’s peace and all the wonderful memories of Jean comfort you. My memories of her are from real estate which were always pleasant working with Jean. My sincere sympathy to the family. Elaine Sulima, Remax House.

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  8. Ron & Donna Odenbach :

    Hi Gord.

    Sorry to hear about Jean’s passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family. May she rest in peace as she is now out of life’s difficulties. Hope to see you soon. I may not be able to get to the funeral.
    Ron & Donna Odenbach

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  9. Nanci and Brian boechler :

    Jean sold us our very first house as a married couple. And then again with our 2nd house as our dog family grew, we loved and enjoyed her visits at the kitchen table.
    Our thoughts to the rest of the family.

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  10. Rose & Chris Templeton :

    Gordon & Family, We were so sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. Though we did not know her very well, we felt like she was a long time friend because of her wonderful disposition and professional manner.She loved her family and her job and is now at peace. Our thoughts are with you all. Rose & Chris Templeton. Penticton

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  11. Ted and Enjd Jansen :

    Gordon and Family, Our thoughts are with you at this time, Please accept our condolences. Due to other commitments we will be unable to attend services.

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  12. Sallie and George Friesen :

    Dear Gordon,
    Sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. We remember her fondly, and she was also very attentive and kind to our handicapped daughter. We purchased a home through Jean in 1979, and we kept using her for real estate dealings after that, and got to know you and Jean as warm and caring persons. May she be enjoying all Heaven has to offer her now.

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  13. Susan and Abraham TeGrotenhuis and family :

    Uncle Gordon and Family, our love and prayes are with you today. So many thoughts and memeries come up, our girls have the pillow “Great-Aunty Jean” made for them out and I am forever greatful for her help when dad passed. She is now free and in good company.
    We love you all dearly:
    Your Roebuck family, Susan, Abraham, Katrina and Heidi

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  14. Marilyn Dallman :

    Dear Gordon, We are sorry to read about Jean’s passing. We are thinking about you and send caring thoughts and condolences to you and your family.
    Duane and Marilyn Dallman

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