Jean Kathleen Thornton

November 16, 1932 - July 21, 2022


Obituary For Jean Kathleen Thornton

Jean Kathleen Thornton, resident of Grande Prairie, AB, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Mackenzie Place in Grande Prairie, at the age of 89 years.

Jean received her teaching certificate from the University of Alberta in Calgary, AB, in 1952. She started her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Jarvie, AB. She continued to teach for many years, attained her Bachelor of Education in 1981, and finally retired in 1988.

Jean was an avid gardener and spent many enjoyable hours planning, planting, and caring for her large garden and yard full of vegetables, berries, and many, many flowers. Each fall the shelves were filled with pickles, preserves, and the freezer stocked with vegetables and berries.

Jean was a talented painter and was a member of the Grande Prairie Guild of Artists for many years. She generously gave pieces of her work to local fundraising events, as well as to friends and family.

Jean will be greatly missed by son Terry (Heather) Thornton of Grande Prairie, AB; daughter Tracy (Toni) of Collingwood, ON; sister and brothers: Olive (Jim) Brown of Edmonton, AB, George (Irene) Litke of Camrose, AB, Roy (Beatrice) Litke of Burlington, ON, and Marvin Litke of Westlock, AB. Jean will be missed by her extended family in Sexsmith: Chad and Heidi Moore, their children Madelaine, Max, and Tate; as well as Kristie Moore and Shane Wray and their children Dion, Cain, and Colby.

Jean was predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years, Doug.

The family wishes to thank the health care providers and kind staff that cared for Jean in recent months.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 10:00am, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grande Prairie (10404 102 St.).


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  • 01/29/2023

    My condolences to Doug and Jean's family. Jean was my teacher in 1954, I think it was, at Jarvie. She and Doug were married that year and the wedding car drove through the school yard and they waved to the students. Jean was a great teacher and she and Doug were wonderful family friends. My mother taught with Jean for many years and Doug rented our family farm. The passing of an era. Phil Chatters

  • 01/29/2023

    My condolences to the family Jean taught me in grade 2 in 1954. Her and Doug were married that year and the wedding car drove through the school yard to wave to her students. She was a great teacher and they were wonderful family friends. Philip Chatters

  • 08/26/2022

    Sending sympathy to you on the passing of your Mom. Such a nice picture of Doug and Jean .

  • 08/26/2022

    Tracy and Toni, Sending you and your family my condolences with the loss of your Mom. Remember the happy times. Take care. Maxine

  • 08/09/2022

    Sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your Mom was a beautiful person. John and Linda Perkins

  • 08/08/2022

    Sorry to hear about your mom Terry. That is a great photo of your folks. Take care.

  • 08/06/2022

    I met Jean and Doug when I moved to Lexington apartments. They lived down the hall from me and we became good friends and neighbours. My condolences to the whole Family. Ilene Cormack Ilene Cormack

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