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Jean Mary Shepherd, educator, artist, wife, and mother, passed away from leukemia on May 18, 2015, her 43rd wedding anniversary.

Jean is survived by her loving and caring husband, Lee, as well as her eternally grateful and devoted children, Cody and Laura (Chris). She will forever be remembered by her many siblings: Ruan, Nancy (David), Patti, Tom, Scott, and Jeff (Latha). She was predeceased by her father Wally and is survived by her mother Jo, living in Calgary.

Born in Edmonton, Jean moved to Calgary as a teenager with her family and there met her future husband Lee. After many youthful adventures and marriage, the two moved to Kelowna BC in 1974. Jean and Lee raised their two children with love and care in homes that they built and furnished themselves, surrounded by gardens, trees and wildlife. Jean returned to university in her 40s and received a BA (Hon) in English, earning many achievement awards. She then spent a rewarding decade of teaching and tutoring in adult education at Okanagan College.

Jean’s many loves included English literature and grammar. She was a talented artist, excelling with acrylics and prints, and showing a fine eye for colour. She also took great pleasure in conversation, figure skating, horseback riding, bike riding and walking the Greenway.

A truly fine spirit who lived with dignity and intelligence, Jean will be sorely missed by students, colleagues, friends and family, and all who came to know her.

Jean always maintained her sense of humour and grace. A service in her memory will be held on Saturday, May 23rd, at 1:00 pm at the Springfield Funeral Home in Kelowna BC. Please wear colours. In lieu of donations, flowers are welcomed. Mom loved flowers. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Due to the length of the service we have divided it into separate parts. Part 1 & Part 2. Click “Watch Again” below and select the arrow to your right to view each video. SFH



Saturday, May 23rd, at 1:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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Service Details

The service for SHEPHERD, Jean is scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd, at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Jeanne & Rick Garner says:

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal!
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal!

    Jean’s precious smile and quiet presence shall be missed immensely.

  • Peter & Heather Brenneman says:

    Dear Lee, Cody & Laura: We were so terribly saddened to hear the news of Jean’s passing. What does one say at a time like this other than knowing Jean’s quiet grace and dignity will be memories you will treasure forever.
    We so enjoyed the conversations we had with Jean at functions we attended together over the years. We admired her greatly & will remember her fondly.You will miss her but she will be with you always.Our thoughts are with you. The Brenneman Family

  • Alexis and Bruce Trudel says:

    Lea,Cody and Laura,
    We are so sorry to hear of Jean’s passing.Hold your memories close and let them comfort you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Beryl Amaron says:

    My deepest condolences to Jean’s family. I am very shocked and saddened to learn of her passing. She was always so gracious, I never knew she was so ill. I worked with Jean at OUC/OC for a number of years. We often got together to have pep talks about our classes and students. I will always remember her as a caring, kind, and gentle soul.

  • The Village of Kettle Valley says:

    Our thoughts are with you and your family with saddened hearts from all of us here at Kettle Valley.

  • Kelly thompson says:

    Dear lee, I am sad to hear of your family’s loss and express my deepest condolences to you all. My prayer are with you all.

  • Dawn Govan says:

    I’m so shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Jean’s passing. My heart goes out to you all.
    I work in the IT department at Okanagan College and got to know Jean as she learned how to use new classroom technologies; Jean was always looking for new ways to engage students. We had many laughs over ‘what cable to put where’ when Jean first started to use Document Cameras.
    She had such a beautiful grace about her – always smiling and always ready for a laugh. I will miss her.

  • Karen Tessier says:

    I work at the Okanagan College and I just wanted to say that Jean was such a lovely friendly person and was definitely a great asset to the college community. Every time she walked by me on campus she would approach me with such a warm and friendly greeting and smile. She definitely will be missed by all the students and all staff.

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