Jeanne Elizabeth (Adair) Sutton

December 27, 1927 – March 11, 2020

With sadness, we announce the passing of Jeanne Sutton, aged 92 years, on March 11, 2020 at Boyne Lodge in Carman.

Jeanne; mother, grandmother and great-grandmother will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her children: daughter Melanie and husband Gerry Searle and son Chris and wife Debbie (Stanger) and by her grandchildren Erin and Katy Dalgleish and Geoffrey (Jennifer) and Jenna (Kyle) and by her great granddaughter Oaklyn Sutton.

Jeanne was predeceased by an infant daughter and her husband Ralph.

Jeanne grew up in Treherne, Manitoba with her parents Stewart and Georgina Adair and sister MaryJane.  Jeanne began her teaching career at the age of 16 where she taught at a small country school called Lady Smith near Treherne, teaching grades 1-8 on permit for one year. She then attended Teachers College in Winnipeg, where after 2 years, she received her Permanent Teaching Certificate. And that was the beginning of a long and varied teaching career. She taught at many small country schools including Sharon, Oakville, Deer Creek, St. Daniel and Debonair.  She taught many years at Roland Elementary School and was also the principal there for a few years. She retired from teaching in 1988.

Jeanne married Ralph Sutton on June 6, 1953. Together they spent many years on the family farm where they farmed and raised their children.  Ralph and Jeanne moved into the town of Roland, when they bought the Roland Hospital and began remodelling it to become their home. When Ralph passed away, Jeanne moved to Carman. She lived her last few years at Boyne Lodge.

Jeanne had many loves. She loved to garden. She always had huge vegetable gardens. Jeanne would spend hours puttering outside and took great pride in the produce her garden produced and in her flower gardens outside the homes where she lived. Her flower gardens were simply beautiful. Even during her last years at the Lodge, Jeanne had a small garden where she planted, watered and weeded her own flowers.

Jeanne loved to read. She was an active member of the library taking out bags of books each week. Many thanks at this time, to the staff at Boyne Regional Library who chose and delivered books to Jeanne at the Lodge. This was definitely a highlight of her week. Jeanne also read to learn. She wanted to be current on events happening in the world. She read newspapers from cover to cover, even while living in the Lodge.

Jeanne also loved to read to others. Reading to her many students over the years was something she so enjoyed. She also read aloud books and stories to the other residents at Boyne Lodge during her time there. But even more so she LOVED reading stories to her grandchildren when they were little and so encouraged their love of books. Books were a gift she loved to give. 

Jeanne loved to cook and bake. She had more recipe books than anyone we know. She loved to try new recipes and loved to share her baked goods with family and friends. When her grandchildren were small, they loved baking with Grandma and she loved teaching them to bake.

Jeanne loved all animals but had a real affection for St Bernard dogs. Over the years she had many opportunities to see and cuddle many St Bernards. Her favorite St Bernard, the family pet Bonnie, was well known around Roland.

Jeanne loved sports. Jeanne was a very enthusiastic arm chair fan. She loved watching hockey, baseball and curling on TV. Sometimes her loud cheering could be heard down the halls.

But her biggest love was for her family. Jeanne loved any family get together. Any chance to spend time with her family and extended family was important to her.

Jeanne loved her grandchildren with all her heart. She was very involved in their lives. Jeanne always followed her grandchildren’s sports and interests. She was one proud grandma. Another great joy for Jeanne was when her great grand daughter Oaklyn was born. The smile on Jeanne’s face beamed when she held or just sat and watched her.

Jeanne was small in size but huge in heart. Compassionate and passionate. Colorful. Jeanne will be forever in our hearts and will be greatly missed by her family, her extended family and her friends.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Boyne Lodge and Carman Hospital for the care given to Jeanne over the last years. In lieu of flowers, as per Jeanne’s request, donations may be made to the Boyne Regional Library.

Funeral service is postponed.

Private family interment will be held in Fairview Cemetery, Roland.

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun;
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

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