A long-time resident of the area, Jean Markell passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, August 15, 2013. She was 72.
Jean was born in Parry Sound, on December 11, 1940, to her parents Harvey and Dorothy Link (nee Hill). The family settled in Oro Township in 1947, and lived a hard working country life. As the oldest, Jean helped to care for her younger siblings. Jean liked school and did well. At a young age she learned to quilt and knit, which were activities she excelled at and enjoyed her entire life.
Jean had many happy memories of when her family moved to Gallingertown, in 1954. There she shared her first bicycle with brother Jim and sister Anne. She started high school in Aultsville, and then continued her education in Morrisburg, after moving to Colquhoun.
Jean met Lloyd in 1959, and together they raised five children. They also welcomed Edwina into their family and loved her as their own.
When not at home with the children, Jean worked at various jobs, the longest being from 1979 to 1988, at Hathaway Shirts in Prescott. She had some good times there and made many lifelong friends, but her most treasured moments were those spent with her children and later her grandchildren.
Jean felt it important to be involved in the community. She was a former member of Matilda Recreation, volunteered with Darts for Hearts, Scouts Canada, and donated many knitted items to the South Dundas Christmas Exchange.
Jean enjoyed dancing, playing cards, knitting, sewing and baking. She also loved to talk on the phone. She was a people person and especially loved children.
Jean and Lloyd’s home in Dundela, was the community gathering place. There were always kids on the play structure, some of them wearing clothing that Jean had made. Family and neighbours would visit over a cup of coffee and of course there were always treats to be shared.
When Jean moved to the village of Iroquois in 2006, she immediately made connections in her neighbourhood. She rekindled old friendships, made new ones, and found more children to love.
Jean is survived by her children Candice Laprade of Toledo, John (Joanne) Laprade of Brockville, Kevin Laprade of Brockville, Randy (Joy) Markell of Morrisburg, Shawn (Michelle) Markell of Iroquois and Edwina (Fred) Buckley of Toronto.
She will be lovingly remembered by her siblings Anne Gogolin of Brockville, Jim (Anne) Link of Beaverton, Bonnie Link of Brockville, Bill (Janie) Link of Edmonton, and Mike Link (Dianne Sayeau) of Cardinal.
Jean will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Buffy, Lynsey, Becky (Heath), Shannon, Nicholas, Davin, Riley, Nicole, Fred, Samantha, and by her great-grandchildren Caitlyn, Letitia, Brody, Cole, Rhianna, Alex, Alister, Jordan, and Selena.
She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Jean was predeceased by her husband Lloyd Markell.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Monday, August 19th at 2 p.m., with Rev. Duncan Perry officiating.Cremation followed. Interment of cremated remains will be at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston, September 8 at 1 p.m.
Donations to C.H.E.O. would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.