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It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing of Jean Manning on Thursday April 4, 2013.  Survived by her loving husband Mike; son Todd Fletcher (Vy); step-daughter Alecia Songer (Darcy) and their children; step-son Jason Manning (Terra); step-daughter Jenny Manning (Nick) and their children; two brothers: Ted Peterson (Linda), Jim Peterson (Judy); two sisters Joan Fiala (Russ), Karen Woods (Duayne); numerous nieces, nephews and a large extended family.  Predeceased by her parents Bud and Mary Peterson and her son Blair Fletcher.  Jean will be forever remembered for her loving, giving, generous and resilient nature.  She had that special sparkle in her blue eyes and was loved by all whose lives she touched.  Jean will be sadly missed, but will live on in our hearts forever.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 20th at 1:00 pm at the Church of the Nazarene, 1305 West Highway 33, Kelowna, BC.  Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to C.R.I.S. (Community Recreational Initiatives Society), P.O. Box 25141 Mission Park P.O. Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7 (www.adaptiveadventures.ca).  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Saturday, April 20th at 1:00 pm

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C.R.I.S. (Community Recreational Initiatives Society), P.O. Box 25141 Mission Park P.O. Kelowna, BC V1W 3Y7 Link: www.adaptiveadventures.ca


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The service for MANNING, Jean is scheduled for Saturday, April 20th at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Church of the Nazarene

1305 West Highway 33 Kelowna, BC


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  • Carrie zu Putlitz says:

    still in shock by this after just seeing her looking so well at Blair’s funeral. Sending lots of love to the family during this extremely difficult time. I knew her through being a careworker for Blair. She was always kind and warm with an infectious smile and upbeat attitude. Jean will be missed by many I am sure.

  • Todd Urbanovitch says:

    I really don’t have any words to describe my deep sadness for Jeans sudden passing.I am glad to have known her and she did give myself the courage and strength to deal with my current events…Mike and family deepest condolences

  • Allan Mayes says:

    Mike, my family is in total shock. we had just sent our condolence to you & Jean for Blair- & now Jean has gone. Love & Tears from the bottom of our hearts, Al, Sharon, Jenna Mayes

    • Brenda Gross says:

      To all who knew and loved Jean,

      I’m so sorry for your loss,I attended high school with Jean, the last time we spoke was at our 20 year class reunion where she spoke with such loving and glowing terms of her beloved son Blair, to lose two such beautiful souls within weeks of each other must be heart wrenching. I remember Jean was always kind to everyone, mostly I remember her beautiful smile and lovely crystal blue eyes… my deepest condolences, she will be sorely missed.

  • Linda Thompson says:

    We were so saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She was an amazing lady. I will always hold dear the conversation I had with her just over a week ago and will remember being inspired by her kindness,dedication and strength over the years that I knew her.
    Linda Thompson and Jaimie Nielson

  • Celeste Sali says:

    Just thinking of you today and remembering all of our great moments & the line dancing memories. You always made the extra effort to visit with me in the DJ booth so we could share the ‘happenings’ and ‘goings on’ in our week. I’ll never forget the events that required us to ‘costume up’ and how you would make us all laugh. Jean, I will miss you dearly but I get the feeling you’ll still be there dancing with us every week. ♥

  • Michelle Dean says:

    My heart is filled with sadness. Jean was a good friend and such an sparkling star in everyone’s life. She lit up every room she entered and I will miss her dearly. I only wish I had made it to Blair’s funeral so I could have seen her one more time. My thoughts are with you all and I share in your sorrow but also in the joy that I had that chance to be called her friend. I love you Jeanie and I will miss you.

  • Brandi Hughes says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. I was so shocked to hear of Jean’s passing. She had a smile to light up a room and a dance floor. Your spirit, I have no doubt will remain a long side us on Thursday classes.

  • Maureen Jolley says:

    I’m speachless. I just spoke with Jean recently at Blairs funeral. I told her how amazing and brave and strong she was. I told her to come back soon to line dance……. that we missed her…that dancing was good therapy, and so was being surrounded there by her friends. I’ll miss dancing near you Jean, listening to you cut into the songs with your ‘woop-woop’. I cannot even pretend to understand the shock and pain her family must be going through…. Jean you are missed !!!

  • Brenda Proznick says:

    Mike and family. Jean and I were the best of friends in high school, and in fact we became that way by her defending me in a bullying situation in grade 5. She meant the world to me. I will miss her and her great laugh. Please know in your hearts that i am hugging you all….. from here. Sincerely, Brenda.

  • Cathy and Terry McManus says:

    I am still stunned at the loss of Jean. She has been a great friend and support for many years. The world lost a bright star. Mike and Todd our deepest condolences.

  • Elizabeth Luyben says:

    Mike, Todd & family. My heart truly goes out to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers constantly. This loss is huge. A dear son is gone and now his gorgeous, vibrant, strong, patient, joyful mother. I am so sorry. I am grateful that I made it up for Blair’s funeral and got to be there and spend time with you and Jean. I am grateful that I had an authentic, awesome & extraordinary friend in Jean for about 25 years. Even though many miles separated us & we didn’t see each other as often as I’d have liked the connected was never lost. Here are some great photos I found. They are from summer 2011 when Cathy, Nicole & I came up for a visit to celebrate Jean’s 50th (we missed the actual party). I will try to find more old photos of when our kids were all small. I am grateful for this page, so that we can all pay tribute to Jean & offer some support to her loved ones.

    • Carol Sproule says:

      I was just told about Blair and Jean’s passing a few days ago…so saddened by this terrible news. They were often in our coffee house; Blair for the music events and Jean bringing Blair in for a visit. I worked with Blair at his rehabilitation home before we bought this coffee house and when I met Jean in another venue, we became good friends. I will miss them both so much…so glad to have met Jean and to have her share her experience, strength and hope with me. My condolences to Mike and family. Thank you to Elizabeth for posting this picture taken at the Coffee House.

  • Elizabeth Luyben says:

    Jean & Mike. Beautiful couple. God Bless you Mike.

  • Elizabeth Luyben says:

    Me, Cathy, Nicole & Jean

  • Elizabeth Luyben says:

    L-R Cathy, Jean, Me, Nicole

  • Susan Schalles says:

    Mike and family: We are shocked and saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. Jean was one of the first people I met when I moved to Ashcroft and was kind enough to hang out with the “new kid”. We have managed to stay in touch over the years and I will miss that connection to a good friend. Our deepest condolences to the family.
    Susan and Terry Schalles

  • Joyce Giguere says:

    I am so shocked and saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. She was such a wonderful friend, always cheerful and helpful. We hadn’t seen each other in a few years but she was always in my heart. We had so much fun together years ago in the Abbotsford singles club, me, her, and Nicole. Lots of line dancing and get togethers. I’ m so glad I had a chance to speak to her after Blair’s passing, but , like everyone, I wish it hadn’t been the last time. I was looking forward to reconnecting with her and even planning a visit with Michelle. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and Todd and all her family. She will be missed by everyone who had the chance to know her.

  • Lou Grandell says:

    So very saddened by the new of your passing Jean. Always looked forward to seeing your smiling face on Thursday night, and waiting for your “yup” or “yeap” while dancing. So many memories… Halloween costumes, candies and treats brought by you and the laughter you brought to the floor. We will always keep a spot on the floor for you Jean. Rest in peace.

  • Shelley (Parke) Ockenden says:

    To Karen and family;
    My sincere sympathy and love to your whole family. Haven’t seen Jean for years but remember her big smile always. So much sadness for you all – I hope that the love and support of your friends will help you in your grief.

  • Yvonne McKay says:

    My thoughts and paryers are with you and your family Mike. Jean was one special lady. Will miss her on Thursday nights with her little whoop whoop and that amazing shile. You are gone Jean but will never be forgotten.

  • Wendy Eagleson (Patterson) says:

    I was so saddened and shocked to hear of Jean’s passing. I first met Jean in grade and she was my maid of honor at my wedding. She was a wonderful friend and although we didn’t see each other often, we could always just pick right up where we left off. I’m going to miss you Jean. Sending my condolences to Mike, Todd and family.

  • Sue (Rockvam) Parkin says:

    To Karen & Family,
    I was so saddened to hear of not only Jean’s sudden passing but her son’s recent passing as well. My heart breaks for the entire family but I will take great solace in all of the wonderful memories I have of Jean, you, your parents and Barnes street. Remembering all of the good times and sending you love at this very difficult time.

  • Valerie Whitten says:

    To Jean’s Family
    As with many others I was shocked and saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. I have greatly enjoyed line dancing with her over the years and her sense of humour and fun. Val

  • Dan & Randi says:

    Returning home from a meeting we were stunned by the telephone messages and texts, and can’t imagine your shock. Our thoughts are with you. We will really miss Jean. Stay close.

  • Carolien Burke (Geluk) says:

    I was shocked to hear of Jean’s passing today. Although I haven’t been in touch I have fond memories of Cross Country running in High School with Jean. I will always remember her as a strong and kind soul. regards, Carolien

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