Jane passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, just 13 days short of her 76th birthday, at The Elliott Long-Term Care (LTC) in Guelph after a long, exhausting struggle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Having been married for almost 57 years, Jane is survived by her devoted husband Max, her two beautiful daughters Lynn (Dave) and Tracy (Bob), and her four wonderful, loving grand-children Jack, Riley, Laura, and Tyler. Jane was the only child of the late Bob and Blan Stoker. She was born in Watford, England shortly after the beginning of WWII. Because of the bombing blitz on the London area, the family moved back to County Durham in the north-east of England where Jane received her education. While at school, Jane was a good soprano singer and played the lead in several Gilbert and Sullivan musicals.
Before the dementia started to affect her cognitive abilities, Jane enjoyed reading, particularly Catherine Cookson novels which she often received from Max’s mother, the late Blanche Haggett, who also loved her dearly. She used to knit and, provided she could persuade Max to go with her, she loved ballroom dancing. But her most favourite enjoyment was to be with her family, the girls, husbands and grandchildren. It is almost impossible to describe how much she loved to be with her grandkids!
Although Jane had no siblings, she had several close cousins in England – Angela, Pam, Robert, Brian are some who will be saddened by her passing. In addition, she will be sorely missed by Max’s siblings and partners also in England – Rosalyn (Harry), Diane (Rob), Glyn (Elizabeth), and the late brother Trevor (Eleanor). Jane and Max emigrated from England to Canada in December 1964 and lived in Sarnia until 2004 when they moved to Guelph to be closer to both families in Guelph. They had many dear friends including Bill & Karetta Watters, Audrey & Tom Leadbitter, and Frank & Bonnie Barber who were extremely kind to Jane and Max over many years. Jane was cared for in The Elliott LTC for almost four years. Nowhere else could she have received better care than what was provided by the superb staff on the Paisley floor -they were wonderful. All of us in the family say many thanks for your patience and attendance to her every day needs.
In addition, Wall-Custance has been extremely cooperative in arranging Jane’s cremation. Condolences may be sent through www.wallcustance.com. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to either The Elliott or the Alzheimer Society.
Furthermore, we sincerely appreciate the kindness shown to Jane by members and adherents of the Arkell United Church.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Friday, January 15, at 1:30 pm at The Elliott Community Centre.