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RUBIN, M. Jean (Heffernan, nee Shepherd)

March 12, 1930 – November 6, 2011

With heavy hearts and precious memories the family of Jean Rubin sadly announce her passing on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at the age of 81 years.

Jean was born on the farm near Madden, Alberta. She married George Heffernan, her husband of thirty-six years, and together they raised three children in the community of Highwood, Calgary. After George’s untimely death in 1984, Jean worked and later retired from the Law Society of Alberta. She married Irving Rubin, who predeceased her in September 2011. Jean maintained many lifelong friendships and she was very proud of her family, especially her grandchildren.

Jean will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Brian (Marilyn) Heffernan of Calgary and Gordon Heffernan of Kelowna; daughter Mary Ann (Bob) Peel of Carstairs; grandsons, Wes Heffernan of Calgary and Russell (Noriko) Peel of Mito, Japan; and granddaughters, Robin Peel of Calgary and Dawn (Dave) Smith of Okotoks. She is also survived by her brothers, John (Jean) Shepherd and Stan Shepherd; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Jean was predeceased by her husbands, George Heffernan and Irving Rubin; parents Thomas and Robina; brothers, Alex, Tommy, Bert and Ken; sister Mary; and grandson Robbie.

Following a Family Graveside Service, relatives and friends are invited to a Gathering to celebrate Jean’s Life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family is very grateful to all the staff and associates of the Foothills Medical Centre and the Manor Village of Huntington Hills for their compassionate care over the years. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Calgary & Area Chapter, 150, 110 Quarry Park Blvd. S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 3G3 Telephone: (403) 250-7090, www.mssociety.ca .

In living memory of Jean Rubin, 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 have many happy memories of a very dear lady, who treated us all like family. I will miss her beautiful smile!
    Leslie, Tyler, Ashley and Jarad

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  2. Sue Heffernan :

    Wishing all of you comfort in this time as you prepare to honor and celebrate Jean’s life…May you hear stories that you have never heard, remember times that make you smile and even laugh and take the love that Jean gave each of you and hold dear your memories of her.
    With love Sue

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  3. So sorry to hear about Jean’s passing. I will cherish the years I worked at the Law Society with Jean, car pooling and the many many laughs and good times we shared both at work and outside of work. Jean was like a second mother to many of us and always had time to be our friend and confidante. It was obvious that Jean dearly loved her family and took great pride in each and every one.

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  4. Loretta McKenna and her daughter - Meryl :

    To the family of Jean .
    I am sorry for the loss of Jean to all family members.
    I can recall in the early years seeing Jean and Katie (her dog) on the street. She enjoyed sitting out on her deck.
    My daughter and I lived across the street from Jean and Erv — since 2000 and we often walked Katie (her dog) .
    I enjoyed chats with Jean and she told us stories about her family.
    We were sad went Jean broke her hip and the further complications that occurred.

    Then Jean left the neighbourhood and her small home is no longer here.
    However we have not forgotten the kindness and care she had shown us over the years.
    She was a wonderful neighbour.
    Regards,
    Loretta McKenna

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  5. To Jean’s wonderful family: She was a beacon of strength and loving kindness in all my encounters with her. I will sorely miss her. She went too soon, too soon.
    Gerri

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  6. Nana,
    Rest in peace my dear Nana. You will always be in our hearts and memories. Since you’re passing, precious memories keep running through my head. Memories of:
    -Christmas when you always spoiled me with Barbie’s, Cabbage Patch dolls, Pound Puppies and a Wrinkle Dog.
    -How you came back from Hawaii with a smiling face.
    -Goodtimes with Candy and Katie.
    -Watching Dallas, and sleepovers.
    – Having roast beef dinners with family. Yummy stinky canned peas, Yorkshire pudding and mashed potatoes.
    -How you were so nice to people. You had many family, friends and neighbours who loved you.
    -How you worked hard.
    -You and Aunt Mary coming to Carstairs for visits.
    -Having you as my neighbour and the good times we shared.
    -Your advice and support in challenging times.
    -Baking with you.
    -Your grill cheese sandwich sandwiches with mayo, they are the best.
    -Fond visits with you at the manor.
    -Your courage in remaining positive while you were sick.
    -Photo’s of you when I was young.
    -When you took Dawn and I to BC.
    -Russell and Dawn’s weddings.
    -And many more…

    Nana you were a wonderful women! You were such a great role model, one that all women should strive to be like. I was so lucky for the years I had with you. I know you are at peace.
    Love you always,
    Robin

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