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LE GEYT, Margaret “Jean”

December 26, 1921 – February 4, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jean LeGeyt. A life-long proud Calgarian, who passed away in the hospital following a complete hip replacement.

Jean was born in Calgary at the Salvation Army Sunset Lodge Hospital. Her younger years were spent in Victoria Park where the family home was and where she attended both Haultain School and Western Canada. After high school, Jean took business training and worked at The Commonwealth Press. In 1942, she married Phil LeGeyt and subsequently raised two children, Jim and Linda.

In the 1950’s Jean started as the Secretary at St. Martin’s Anglican Church where she was a member and was able to schedule her time so that she was always home to make lunch for Jim and Linda and arrived home as they did right after school. Jean also taught Sunday School at St. Martin’s, sang in the choir and could also be found in the kitchen for any event that needed a pair of willing hands.

From the age of 12, Jean was an accomplished piano player and her music was always the focus of any family gathering. She had seven talented brothers and sisters who either played an instrument or sang along with their voices in harmony. Music was a big part of her family life.

Jean was a founding member of The Orange Lodge in Calgary and always helped with fund raising efforts to support a variety of charitable causes.

In later years, Jean joined The Good Companions 55+ Club in Killarney. She was active in a variety of roles including volunteering in many ways and as President for a period of time. She could often be found playing the piano for sing-a-longs and her favorites were the songs for Robbie Burns Day and the seniors at The Club enjoyed her music.

Jean was nominated as a YMCA Woman of Distinction in the Volunteer category. She had certainly spent her life in finding places where she could be of service to others. She was a kind, thoughtful and generous person with her time and talents. Her favorite charities were the CNIB, the Salvation Army, and Inn from the Cold.

Jean is survived by her son Jim and his wife Mary LeGeyt of Sexsmith and their children Ernie, Jason, Jeannie, Jennifer, Clayton and Katlin; her great-grandchildren Shay, Cally, Talon, Kyrin, Krystalle and Kimberlee; her daughter Linda LeGeyt and her husband Larry Paterson of Okotoks, and Larry’s son Chris and his son, Austin; her brothers John and Bill Bailey; her sister Bette Durrant; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law. She was predeceased by her husband Phil in 1999.

Funeral Services will be held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (1121 – 14th Avenue S.W.) on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Jean Le Geyt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Glenn P. Michell :

    I grew up in St. Martin’s Church and was good friend with Jean’s nephew Roger Bailey. Mrs. Le Geyt was always supportive of the youth and children. For many years she would come into the Sunday School and play piano for the children to sing songs. I particularly remember, “In My Heart There Rings a Melody.” In 1980 & 81, in the Le Geyt household, was a border named Rick Arrel who became our youth group leader for a period of time, and he directed the Christmas production for two years. Roger and I spent may visits at the house coming to see Rick. It was before we drove, so we often rode our bikes. Jean was always an encouraging person, and I particularly remember her being our spokes-person to the Parish to announce the deaths of each of my parents in 1996 and 2004. Her retirement from being secretary after 25 years was a major change for the church. Although a part of St. Martins for a number of decades, their final years of periodic attendance at St. Stephen’s was coming full circle, as so many of the families of St. Martins people I knew were originally from the inner city St. Stephen’s, my own parents & grandparents included, and we have all shared a rich heritage and history. I especially express my condolences to Mr. John Bailey and family including my life-long friend Roger Bailey. In my mind I reminisce Jean’s piano playing for us children of the St. Martin’s Sunday School. And, I treasure the times we sang together in the church choir. To Linda and Jim and family please know that many people were touched by the warmth and generosity of both your parents who were fine and upstanding people! God Bless, Glenn P. Michell (a former Sunday School pupil in the 1970’s.)

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  2. Pauline Mathezer :

    May cherished memories of Jean’s very full life comfort you.
    She was an amazing person and I enjoyed welcoming and helping her at Good Companions. She will be missed.

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  3. Diane and Dale Lang :

    Dear Linda, Jim, Uncle John Bailey and all other family members,
    We both send our best wishes and sincere sympathies to all of you as you mourn the loss of Jean. It was wonderful to have had a chance to speak with her at Uncle John Bailey’s birthday party in November. I have fond memories as a little girl of some of the “musical birthday” celebrations at the home of John and Joyce Bailey and found Jean to be such a lively and joyful inspiration to everyone there. Please know that we are praying for you all. May God bless you with His comfort and peace as you go through this difficult time. With love, Diane and Dale Lang, Taber, Alberta

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  4. Linda Broschak :

    Dear Linda and Family,

    I was saddened to read of your Mom’s passing. Both your Mom and Dad made me so welcome in their home during our high school days…I have lovely memories. Please know you are in our thoughts and we send our most sincere sympathy.

    Linda and John Broschak

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