We Remember

Larcombe, Jean “Jeannie”

February 22, 1950 — November 19, 2023

About seventy years ago in southern Manitoba, a young girl would walk to the bus stop near her house, where her unsuspecting family would be going about their day. She wouldn’t be going for a casual stroll. She wouldn’t be wanting to take the bus. She would make the journey with one goal in mind: meeting new people and hearing their stories.

This young girl was Jeannie Larcombe. Born on the 22nd of February in 1950, Jeannie always took her relentless curiosity, blooming passions, and undying love with her wherever she went. She had travelled all around North America, with nearly every day of her life posing as another chapter in her story’s epic. She was an active community member, volunteer, city councilor, and devoted parent in rural British Columbia. She even started her own flower shop, bringing flowers and radiance into the small town of Kaslo, BC. Her love for gardening and plants followed her wherever she went. She always cared deeply for others and was the type of person to always help out in whatever she could.

Her love transcended generations and time.

This past weekend, Jeannie passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in her home in Kelowna, BC. Her garden outside was tucked in for the winter, and her indoor plants were recently watered. Birds sang their ballads right outside her window. Photos of her loved ones and friends covered the walls, greeting her in the morning and bidding her a goodnight every day. Jeannie was preceded by her husband, Gene, and is survived by her three children, Linda, Shawna, and Jesse; five grandchildren; seven siblings; and countless friends and extended family.

She is incredibly loved and will be sorely missed by everyone who had the chance to know her.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Parkinson’s Society of BC at 600-890 Pender Street W, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1J9.

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Parkinson’s Society of BC Link: www.parkinson.bc.ca




  • Barbara Lily DYRGAS says:

    I first met Jeannie when my husband and I moved to Kelowna. Her husband, Gene, was my second cousin. We had many happy visits, at their home and ours. It was a pleasure to get to know her, and she will be sorely missed.

  • Ghislaine Giroux says:

    I am going to miss Jeannie. Since she moved to Kelowna from Winnipeg, and especially in the last few years, we got more involved in exchanging moments of our lives, fresh news and our feelings about things on a daily basis. We did this very informally while we played the puzzle Wordle every day. We had our small group Ken and I, Cindy and Jeannie. It was fun and got us closer, funny how technology shortens the distances sometimes…
    She was a caring, attentive, interested and interesting, and a lovely soul woman. She had courage as she had been fighting physical ailments that were obscure to the medical profession for so long. She had to fight and be pro active to get proper help for her fibromyalgia.
    In spite of all these barriers she found a way to see the beautiful things in life and enjoy her ‘people’ and anybody really as she was very friendly and approchable.
    I feel sad that she left us but happy the way it happened, yes it is harder for us but I can just see her going to bed and falling asleep in a lovely dream hugging with Gene.
    Rest in peace Jeannie, love you 😘

  • Richard Wiens says:

    I am a neighbor of hers just up the street. My condolences to the family. She was a very nice person.

  • Rob & Leslie Mellander says:

    Leslie and I are very sorry to learn of the sudden passing of Jeannie, as for you, it was a shock to us. I had been helping her out with some various projects around her place and had come close to her. One day, she offered to go to A & W and pick us up some lunch and asked if I would join her. I learned that she was very proud of her children and all her grandchildren and was looking forward to Christmas. When I learned of her passing, I was immediately shocked and saddened although she spoke a lot about the passing of Gene and how much she missed such a great man. My moments of sadness became instantly happy for her because she will now always be with Gene and continue to be the happy Jeannie, I was so lucky to have met.

  • Joyce Davidson says:

    I was sorry to hear of Jeannie’s passing and certainly never expected it. I was looking forward to reading her post and comments and once even a phone call. The obit was well written and thought out. My condolences to her family she was the best!

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