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OLDREY, Florence “Jean” (nee Leslie)

December 28, 1928 – Stoke Newington, England
November 9, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

Jean Oldrey (Nee Leslie) fell asleep on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the age of 84 years.

She was born in Stoke Newington, England on December 28, 1928. During World War II, Jean was evacuated out of London and placed with a Welsh family. She returned to London and eventually found her mother.

She married Albert Edward (Ted) Oldrey on December 24, 1947. On December 16, 1948 she gave birth to her daughter Rita. Then, on September 3, 1951 she had her son Michael. After the family came to Canada in 1957, Jean worked as an office worker until she retired, eventually becoming payroll clerk for Pinecrest foods. After retiring, she and Ted travelled extensively including an exciting trip around the world. Despite numerous health challenges, she lived her life to the fullest. She deeply adored her family, and always had time for her friends.

Jean is survived by her daughter Rita (Richard Beale); son Michael (Ann Copeland); four granddaughters; as well as great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of sixty-five years Albert (Ted) Oldrey and five of her brothers. Jean touched many lives and her memory will live on through those she touched.

Jean is survived by her daughter Rita (Richard Beale); son Michael (Ann Copeland); four granddaughters; as well as great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of sixty-five years Albert (Ted) Oldrey.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 2:00p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Hero Fund www.herofund.ca. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Jean Oldrey, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. Jean was an incredible lady, and I was honoured to know her. I met her at the Foothills hospital where we were both having treatment regularly at the time, and she was absolutely lovely. I have made a donation in her honour to herofund.ca

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  2. Monique Dalcourt :

    Mike, Deepest sympathies to you and your family for your loss.

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  3. Dear Rita and Michael and family,

    I am so grateful to have known your Mom and Dad. Your Mom was a beautiful person and a wonderful friend to my Mom and me. Many great memories and lively discussions. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss.

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  4. Ian de Brouwer :

    Rita, Michael and the Beale & Copeland families our deepest condolence with the loss of your mother, grandmother.
    Aunt Jean was a very special lady who always had time everybody regardless of the distance.

    Ian, Jan, Johanna & Kathleen de Brouwer
    Sydney, Australia

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  5. Bill & Rita de Brouwer :

    Our sincere condolences to Rita and Michael and your respective families. We have wonderful memories of both Jean and Ted as we shared some really good times together when they came to visit us in Australia, we visited them in Calgary and they made us most welcome. We will always remember them fondly.

    Rita and Bill de Brouwer

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  6. I’ve only just found out about Jean’s passing and I am deeply saddened, as I was a year ago by Ted’s passing. I was truly blessed to have them as next door neighbours for many, many years. Jean and I stayed in touch, mostly by e-mail, after we moved away from Calgary and she was as interesting and fun to correspond with as she had always been to talk to either over the fence or on the phone. She had a keen political instinct and she had fascinating stories to tell about the war years. Her love of and pride in her expanding family was a joy to behold. Every Spring I looked forward to our trip to the greenhouse to get our bedding out plants. (I wonder what Ted thought about all those blooms coming in the front door after our little outing?) Both Jean and Ted were very kind and generous, always so appreciative of any little thing we could do for them. Jean showed such strength and courage throughout her life and I know her family will have that memory of her too and will draw from it at this time. Goodbye my dear friend, Jean. I’ll miss you.

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