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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.


#1 Mavis Martin 2020-03-16 09:49
My sincere condolences to all the family and friends. You will be thankful Jeanne had a fulfilling life !!
#2 Lisa Pinkerton 2020-03-16 19:38
I will always remember going to the Lodge two years ago with a class. The kids were supposed to read with their senior buddy but Mrs. Sutton ended up reading to the whole class and making connections between the text and her life. Once a teacher always a teacher! She also asked about my sister right away - she was her Kindergarten teacher- even though she probably hadn’t seen her in 25 years!
#3 Cindy Payette 2020-03-16 20:17
Sorry for your loss.
#4 Helen Stewart 2020-03-16 21:12
My sympathies to Jeanne's family. She will be missed.
#5 Brian and Zenith Coates 2020-03-17 00:09
Thinking of you and your family
#6 Brenda Major 2020-03-18 22:34
Sincere sympathy to you and your family, Chris. I remember your Mom fondly as my grad 6 teacher. She was a favorite!
#7 Ross and Donna Pritchard 2020-03-19 10:01
Sending our sympathy to all the family on the passing of Jeanne.She was a great lady and touched many lives with her love of people.She will be missed by all who knew her .
#8 Lee Coates 2020-03-19 17:34
Thinking of the Sutton family and sending our sympathy. Many memories come to mind. Jeanne was my skip when I first started curling in Roland Ladies almost 50 years ago. She taught Ken and then Tracy. Many stories she could tell! Our families go back pretty far with connections through 3 generations. Many memories to share another day. Jeanne will be missed! Hugs to all!
#9 Lisa Lehmann 2020-03-22 00:06
Sending my deepest condolences. It was an honour to have met your mom, grandmother. She was a lovely lady and it was clear in the short time that I knew her that she loved and was loved deeply. ~ Lisa
#10 Stew and Barb Adams 2020-03-22 09:52
Our sincere sympathy to Chris and Melanie and their families. Jeanne touched many lives and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. She was a little lady with a big heart!
#11 Sandra Voth 2020-05-11 16:30
Mrs. Sutton was my teacher at Roland Elementary School in Grade 4 and Grade 5. She taught me English/Languag e Arts. She was the teacher that taught me to love reading. She was my favorite teacher. I also took piano lessons in the front room of her house. I thought it was so cool that she lived in a house that used to be a hospital.
She will always have a special place in my memories.
My sympathies to her family.

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