Jean Aline Gray
Nov. 22, 1927 – Oct. 1, 2015
The family of Jean Aline Gray (nee Clark) is saddened to share the news of her passing on Thurs., Oct 1, 2015 in Kemptville.
Born in Montreal and raised in Mountain, Jean was the daughter of Harold and Elsie Clark. She was the sister of John, Margaret (Blaine), and Ann (Watson). She was the mother of Nancy, Joan (Bulmer), and Ted, and grandmother of Laura, Alison, Luke, and Chandra.
Jean often shared memories of her family, her life growing up on the family farm, visiting relatives in Montreal, and summer vacations with aunts and uncles in Quebec at the tranquil Lac-Quenouille and Métis Beach.
At 16, Jean left the family farm and moved to a convent in Montreal, her mother’s hometown, to learn French for one year. At 17, she entered McGill University, which at the time teemed with returning Second World War service men. The classes were big and intimidating, but this did not stop the young farm girl from finishing at the top of her math and science classes. Many of the friendships she established at university lasted the rest of her life.
After graduating with a BSc from MacDonald College, she obtained an MSc in biochemistry from Queen’s University. She entered the workforce as a scientist with the federal government in Ottawa, followed by five years in the nutrition department at the University of Guelph.
Throughout the next 20 years, Jean raised her family, and enjoyed working in the chemistry department of Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B. Ever curious, Jean decided to change careers in her fifties and took computer science courses at Carleton University, becoming a programmer at AEA Electronics in the ’80s.
Able to turn her hand to many different things, Jean played the piano, sewed, knitted, painted, cross-country skied, loved hiking, and was an avid gardener. She enjoyed competitive bridge with friends, and volunteered with Meals On Wheels in Kemptville.
She lived the majority of her life close to where she was born. This area and its people greatly influenced her life. She was immeasurably devoted to her family and community. We are fortunate to have been loved, taught, and guided by her.
A graveside committal service will be held at 11:30 am on Sat., Nov. 21 at South Gower Cemetery, 501 South Gower Dr. in Kemptville. A lunch will follow in the Resource Room at the South Mountain library, 10543 Main St. All are welcome.
The arrangements are entrusted to Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain (613-989-3836).