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Jean (Handyside) Chapman

Born: Sat., Nov. 16, 1918
Died: Sat., Apr. 13, 2019


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Wed., Apr. 24, 2019
Location: Stettler Funeral Home


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Jean was born on November 16, 1918 at home on her family farm outside of Erskine, Alberta, the second of five children born to Thomas and Cora Handyside.
As a teenager Jean played on her school’s basketball team and ran track. Jean’s parents were alarmed, a few years later, when Frank Chapman, an older man, reputed to be a bit of a rogue, came courting. However, Frank’s gentle charm soon dispelled the rumors, and captured Jean’s heart, and the hearts of her family. On September 3, 1942, Jean and Frank were married in a double-ring ceremony with Frank’s brother Sid and bride Grace.
Jean and Frank began their life together in a cozy house at 4812 Callahan Street. Jean continued to live in the home she came to as a bride for 71 years until moving into Willow Creek. Jean and Frank were blessed with two children, Ruthie and John.
In 1955, with the goal of building a cottage at Buffalo Lake, Jean began a retail clothing career which would span 38 years, when she retired from Lou’s Fashions. After Jean had worked for two years, the family was able to build a cottage and create a legacy which has fostered the happiest of memories for four generations.  
In November, Jean was surrounded by family and friends as she celebrated her 100th birthday during which she received congratulatory letters from Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and her most cherished recognition, an honorary plaque, presented by Deputy Mayor, Gord Lawlor, from the town of Stettler.
Jean loved being a grandmother and great grandmother and always delighted in time spent with her family. Jean will be remembered for her kindness, optimism, generosity, courage, happiness, wisdom, patience, determination, grace, style, service in the community and United Church, and for her beautiful flower gardens.
Jean was predeceased by her loving husband Frank and siblings Ruth (Lloyd) Lee, Tommy, Dale (Millie) and Audrey Lind. She will be dearly missed and remembered with love and joy by her daughter Ruthie (Court) Fortems – their daughters Lisa (Matthew) Thompson – children Quinn, Xander and Griffin, and Laura (Spencer) Swainson – children Lexi, Mia, Byron, Gemma and Ansel; son John – his daughters Nicole (Todd) Langley – children Madeleine, Abbie and Charlotte and Jenny (Paul) Vermette – children Wil, Fin and Libbie; sisters-in-law Eunice Chapman and Madeleine Chapman; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Jean’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Willow Creek, Points West and the Stettler Hospital who cared for Jean so lovingly in her last years




Funeral Service
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Stettler Funeral Home
Stettler, Alberta
2:00 PM

Memorial Donations may be made to the AB Cancer Foundation, Stettler United Church or a charity of your own choice.

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Gary McKay
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
One of the classiest people I have ever known. Jean exuded dignity, class and sophistication throughout her life. My heartfelt condolences to John "Chappy" & Ruthie. We have both been blessed with wonderful mothers.......Gary & Dianne McKay

Billie G Nelson
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
Thinking of you today. Many happy memories from years past. Take care.
Sincerely Don & Billie Nelson.

Doug Handyside
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
Our condolences to Ruth and John and your families. Jean was one of the finest persons I have ever known. A role model throughout her life -- she was kind, humble, compassionate and always willing to render service to others. She will be remembered in the most loving way. Sincerely, Doug and Brenda Handyside.

Dennis and Heather Baird
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
Condolences to the entire Chapman family during this difficult time. Jean was a vibrant church and community member. She will be missed by many friends and neighbours along with her valued family.
Heather and Dennis Baird

Rita Mielke
   Posted Thu April 18, 2019
To the family of Jean, sorry to hear of your loss. Jean was a special lady, always so pleasant. The world will miss her.

Irene and Deane Kerbes
   Posted Thu April 18, 2019
Family of Jean Chapman
Our sincere sympathy to each of you on your loss. Jean was a great lady and friend - I have many happy memories of working with her. She will be missed by many. Treasure your memories and hold them close.19

Norma Leslie
   Posted Wed April 24, 2019
I am proud to have known Jean, and enjoyed her friendship for many years. She offered wonderful service all the years she worked at Lou's and she was fun to be with at the Curling Rink. She will be dearly remembered by the whole community as well as her family. Our sincere condolences. Jim and Norma Leslie

Marjorie O'Hara [Starling]
   Posted Sun May 05, 2019
Your Mom was such a special woman, she was a good neighbour and friend to my parents. Even after my Mom passed, Jean would reach out to me and we would have a chat. My family,[ John and Minnie's grand children], have fun memories of Frank and Jean and visiting Stettler. Jean was a treasure, I am grateful to have known her.

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