Mabel ‘Jean’ Samis died peacefully in Canmore on January 26, 2024 at the age of 87 years.
Jean was preceded by her husband Ken and survived by her daughter Ronel, son-in-law Mark, son Brad, daughter in-law Dana, grandchildren Bronwyn and Dylan of Vancouver and her favourite dogs Wookie and Dobby.
Jean was born on June 3, 1936 in Alameda, Saskatchewan to Bert and Margaret Efford. She married Ken in 1969, after meeting in Calgary in 1966 then again at the 1967 Montreal Expo. Jean and Ken lived in Edmonton and one of her first jobs there was at Canadian Utilities, where she would meet her lifelong friend, Julie Orr. Jean and Ken raised their children primarily in Edmonton, spending a few years in Swan Hills for Ken’s work. After the graduation of their children from high school, Jean and Ken decided to moved to Canmore and purchased Action Auto Parts, they then built a new house that they operated as a Bed and Breakfast for 6 enjoyable years. Jean loved her life in Canmore and truly thrived there. She spent her days hiking, golfing, singing with her choirs and was actively involved with St. Michael’s church (often found giggling in the pew with her good friend Sue) as well as numerous volunteer activities. Jean also had a great love of music and enjoyed singing with her choirs and attending concerts. She was actively involved with St. Michael’s Anglican Church as well as numerous volunteer activities and never seemed to run out of energy. Jean was a great fan of watching her Edmonton Oilers and Elks but also never forgot her Saskatchewan roots and remained an avid Rough Riders fan.
She will be greatly missed by her family & her large community of friends.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 11 am in St. Michael’s Anglican Church in Canmore.
In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to remember Jean are encouraged to make a donation, in her memory, to a charity of personal choice.