Jessie Kathleen (Cameron) McLean
Passed on February 12, 2023
August 29, 1922 – February 12, 2023
Mom passed peacefully on Sunday, February 12 at Teulon Memorial Hospital where she had stayed since September 15, 2022. She leaves behind her two sons Danny and Lockie, daughter-in-law Diana (Mallon)McLean, son-in-law Ron Unger, 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by the accidental death of her son, Ian, in 1975, her husband, Alex, in 2001 and her daughter, Heather, in 2021.
Mom met the love of her life, Alex, (Dad) and waited for him while he served overseas for 4 years in WW2. Upon his return from War’s end, they married on March 23, 1946. Mom always said for that special day, it was beautiful and sunny, with no snow on the ground. They were soul mates and inseparable. They would old time dance in our small house with no music playing and us kids would just wonder what was going on.
Mom was born in Stonewall on 3rd St West and lived her whole life on that same street. She was the youngest daughter of Paul Cameron & Jessie Kennedy (Welsh). Her’s was a childhood of a different era. One of horseback riding without saddles and horse and wagon. Her’s was a story of a loving, caring family. Her parents homesteaded in Stonewall before it was a Town and she was so proud of her Pioneer-like heritage.
She was a proud “Scot” and this was reinforced last year when Diana convinced her to have her DNA tested with the result being 98% pure Scottish and 2% Viking! Mom had a network of wonderful friends and neighbors who all shared in her story. This enriched her life and helped her stay happy and independent in her own house until June of last year. She then moved in with Diana and I and we were able to care for her until three days before her 100th birthday. Visitors to Mom’s home could never leave without her giving them a gift. Her passion was petit point in her early years, which was appreciated by many throughout the country. Her love of knitting included supplying “everyone” with mitts, togues, socks, scarfs, and slippers. In later years, her dish cloths were given to so very many family members, friends, and neighbors. The family would like to thank her caring neighbors, the many home care workers, and the staff at Stonewall hospital.
A HUGE thank you though goes to the amazing and caring staff at Teulon Hunter Memorial Hospital! Mom, we are so very grateful for having you in our lives and we are so very fortunate to have had you with us for so very long!
A celebration of life is planned for Sunday, Feb 26th from 2 to 5 at Stonewall Heritage Arts Centre. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the South West District Palliative Care would be appreciated.
Will dearly miss Aunt Jessie. I do have a lot of happy memories of Saturday night weiner roasts @ Gramma & Grampa’s, our Sunday school picnics to Assiniboine Park with all the Moms singing the ole wartime songs. I’ll always treasure my petit point pictures. I’ve even passed some along to Robin who treasures them also.
Thoughts and prayers to the Unger Family
My deepest condolences to Lockie and Diana and Danny and the rest of the family for the loss of there Mum and Grandma . I am sure going to miss Aunt Jessie so much but mostly my phone calls to her and our long talks . Glad i was able to talk to her before she passed away . Aunt Jessie you will never be forgotten
Debbie Elcock Corbett
I met Jessie in the fall of 1984 when I first got married. I complained to my new husband that I thought we needed to do more activities together, so he signed us up for the Grosse Isle Bowling League. This seemed ok, but I soon came to realize that it was a Seniors league!! I was 22 years old! Well, we were fortunate enough to be put on a team with Jessie, her sister in law, Eva, and a wonderful older fellow from Grosse Isle by the name of Les Moore. What a team we were! Unfortunately, I was the team handicap but Jessie always made me feel comfortable about bowling with them. We actually won a team trophy and our team picture still hangs in the Grosse Isle Hall to this day! We became good buddies and I still have 3 beautiful scarf and mitt sets that Jessie made me! My husband and I lived in Winnipeg after our marriage for 17 years but when we moved back to Stonewall in 2001, had the great fortune to run into Jessie at the local coffee shop and store many times. She always had a warm greeting for us with her big smile. She was a wonderful woman who I felt very fortunate to have met. Thankyou, to her family for sharing their beautiful mother with us!!
Alison Lecuyer (Ballantyne) & husband Wally
So sorry to hear of Aunt Jessie's passing. We always enjoyed our time spent with her, hearing about her life and that of the family.Aunt Jessie filled in a lot about Tom's life and was our family historian.I always enjoyed our little visits when I worked at the store and really appreciate the dish cloths that she gave me. We shared a lot of laughs. she will be forever remembered.
Tim and Rhonda Cameron
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