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COATES, Jean Ruth (nee MacDonald)

November 19, 1937 – Smeaton, Saskatchewan
December 28, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Jean Coates beloved wife of James “Dennis” Coates of Calgary, AB, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 at the age of 81 years.

Jean was born in Smeaton, SK and grew up in Bissett, MB where her father, Charles, worked in the local goldmine. She graduated from Normal School (Teachers College) in Winnipeg and taught elementary school for eight years in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Jean married Dennis on August 16, 1958 in Winnipeg. They lived and worked across the prairies and retired in Calgary in the early 1990’s, wintering in California and Arizona. Jean was a proud member of Beta Sigma Phi for over fifty years, the source of many friends through the years. Jean and Dennis had one daughter, Tammy (Tim Taylor), who lives in Calgary.

Besides by her loving husband, Dennis Coates, Jean is survived by her daughter Tamela (Tammy) Coates and Tammy’s husband Tim Taylor.

Jean was predeceased by her parents, Ragna and Charles MacDonald, and her brother Lawrence MacDonald.

A special thank you for the loving care of the 4th Floor Staff at Garrison Green, the support and companionship of the Garrison family members on similar journeys, and to Lily and Willa of Granddaughters Personal Care.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary at alzheimercalgary.ca.

In living memory of Jean Coates, 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. Ellen Parchomchuk :

    We wish to express our deepest sympathies to Dennis, Tammy and Tim on the passing of Jean. Jean was a thoughtful and caring person and will be missed.

    George & Ellen Parchomchuk

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  2. Lyle & Margaret Dowling :

    Dennis and family, we are sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. She was a wonderful person and a joy to be around. Our thoughts are with you.
    Lyle and Margaret Dowling

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  3. Dennis, Tammy and Tim,
    Lorie and I are very sorry to learn of Jean’s passing. A wonderful happy lady that we will always remember. You and Jean could not have been better neighbours in the Hamptons. May all the terrific memories keep you strong. Thinking of you,
    Rod and Lorie Stewart

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  4. Gregg Parchomchuk :

    Dennis, Tammy & family,

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of Jean. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

    Gregg Parchomchuk & Fran Sreedhar

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  5. Ron Parchomchuk :

    Dennis, Tammy and family

    My condolences for your loss. I remember Jean to be a very warm and nice person.

    Ron Parchomchuk

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  6. Art & Donna Kelm :

    We wish to express our deepest sympathy to Dennis & Family. Jean was a very loving person. Will remember our get togethers in Mesa Arizona.

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  7. Elizabeth & KeithHarrison :

    Our deepest sympathies to Dennis,Tammy and Tim. Dennis and Jean shared so many special times with us —so many precious memories of Jean. She was a delightful, classy, effervescent lady that brought joy to so many ! Two of our favorite memories include Dennis and Jean coming, in costume, to our St.Patrick’s Day due —took us awhile to get their number! And then, those PINK T-shirts !!!
    May the many memories of times she made special for you sustain you during difficult times.
    Our thoughts are with you .

    Keith and Liz Harrison

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  8. Sue and Dick Thompson :

    Dennis, so sorry to hear of the passing of Jean. She was a sweet lady and loved having you both as our neighbor. Sincere condolence to you and your family.
    Dick and Sue Thompson.

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