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Jean Mae O’Sullivan

Sept. 12, 1936 — Dec. 21, 2020

Jean Mae O’Sullivan passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, in Fort Macleod.

Jean is survived by her husband of 65 years Reg; children Cindy Gray, Darcy O’Sullivan, Kelly (Linda) O’Sullivan, Randy O’Sullivan, Wade O’Sullivan and Sandy O’Sullivan Norlin; grandchildren Tacy (Kip) Lewis, Chad (Jamie) Gray, Wade Gray, Kira O’Sullivan, Ben (Shannon) O’Sullivan, Marci (Wes) Stockton, Jaquelyn O’Sullivan, Shawn (Kara) O’Sullivan, Lindsay O’Sullivan, Joshua O’Sullivan, Denton (Danielle) Oberkirsch, Chet (Kaley) Oberkirsch, Kaede Norlin and Jace Norlin; 15 great grandchildren; brother Bruce (Diane) Walker and many nieces and nephews. 

Jean was born Sept. 12, 1936 to William (Bill) and Helen Walker in Vernon, B.C. Jean and her family moved to Alberta in 1939 where she grew up on a ranch located in the Porcupine Hills Spring Point area.

Jean’s passion for horses while growing up was known to many. She spent many hours riding and  racing her horses through the hills. This love of horses continued throughout Jean’s life. Reg and Jean shared many hours riding together and they shared this enjoyment with their children. Jean was an accomplished rider and every once in a while she would show off with some trick riding.

Jean was known to her brothers-in-law as the “Hillbilly from Spring Point” but she didn’t let it get to her, she just out-rode them.

Jean was also an excellent athlete. She curled, bowled, golfed, played baseball and, even though her kids second-guessed her, she was a good basketball player. Jean would say, “Short girls can jump too.” Jean also liked to travel and was able to take numerous trips with her mother (Helen) and friends. She always spoke highly of these memories.

Jean worked alongside Reg and their children in their family concrete business for over 55 years. Jean was the backbone of the business, was so dedicated and worked tirelessly. She never did really retire, was always interested in what was  going on at the plant and if she could help in any way. Jean thoroughly enjoyed the social part of work and was always up for a cup of coffee and a visit.

Jean was very involved with community over the years. She put many volunteer hours in for different events, committees and sports. As most know she loved her hockey and was an icon at the rink watching Reg play in the early days and then her children, grandkids and so many others over the years. At the rink she was known to all as Grandma O or Grandma Sweetie. She ran the concession at the rink for many years and put a lot of miles on travelling to games. There was always room for one more kid in the vehicle if someone needed a ride.

Jean was always there to lend a helping hand. Jean, Reg and friends would spend hours collecting donations for equipment so kids who were less fortunate could play sports. Many times reaching into their own pockets to help cover registration fees for those who could not afford it. There were many times over the years that Jean offered her home as a place to stay for kids or adults who were down on their luck and in need — she would do this with such grace. Jean never dwelled on a person’s faults and saw the goodness in all.

Reg and Jean were married in 1955 and raised their six children in Fort Macleod. Five out of the six kids still reside in Macleod and it will always be home to all of them no matter where their journey takes them. Jean’s number one priority was her family — she thoroughly loved spending time with her family whether she was watching or participating with them camping, curling, hockey, dance, baseball, golf she enjoyed it all. Reg and Jean shared a passion for dancing. “Man could they jive.” Jean also shared this enjoyment of dance with her daughter Cindy. She  travelled to many dance competitions over a 30-year span — she was known as the “Dance Grandma.” Jean always cherished and felt so fortunate to have so many family and friend get-togethers at her home. Her family was everything to her.

Jean was such a kind and caring soul with the biggest heart and so many benefited from that. She could walk into a room full of strangers and quickly become their friend. Jean will be sadly missed by family, friends and the community.

Jean was predeceased by her parents Bill and Helen Walker, brother Douglas Walker and her son-in-law Dennis Gray.

Jean — Loving Wife
Amazing Mother
Sweetest Grandma
Loyal Friend
Our Guardian Angel
Forever Loved.

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