Farrell, Phyllis 'Jeanne'

Farrell, Phyllis 'Jeanne'

February 1st, 2018

Jeanne Farrell passed away peacefully at home with family at her side, on February 1, 2018, in her 89th year. Beloved mother of David (Debbie), and Barbara (Barry). Cherished Nana of Elizabeth, Emily, Thomas, Scott and Aidan. Predeceased by her husband Bill (2002), sons Billy (1964) and Alan (2000), grandson Kieran Power (2000), brother Richard (2012), nephew Brett (2004) and parents Florence and Verne Yerex. Missed by daughter-in-law Rosemary (Ian), sister-in-law Joan and niece Shelley (Rick). After graduating top of her class at Weston Collegiate, Jeanne attended the University of Toronto where she earned a BA in Languages in 1951. Jeanne began her career in the British and Foreign Department at the CIBC, and later provided translation services at the Canadian International Trade Fair. Jeanne and Bill started their family in Hamilton where all four of their children were born. In 1971, the family moved to Chatham. After several years of volunteering at her children’s school, John N. Given, Jeanne officially joined the staff as school secretary. She spent several years commuting to London to volunteer on weekends at the Ronald McDonald House. In 1991, she and Bill retired to London where she spent the next 25 years in her favourite career as a volunteer with the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario. During this time, she made many friends in the London Newcomers’ Club, travelled widely and loved her thrice weekly Aquafit classes. Jeanne created incredible cross-stiches, knitted for the CHWO Auxiliary, completed the most challenging of puzzles, and avidly followed the ups and downs of the Blue Jays and Maple Leafs. Her favourite hobby was spending time with her family whom she dearly loved. The family gratefully thanks Dr. Michaele Fleming for her compassion and the incredible staff of Chartwell Riverside Retirement home for their kindness. A memorial service will be conducted at WESTMOUNT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 521 Village Green Avenue, London on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jeanne’s memory may be made to Bereaved Families of Ontario, London chapter, an organization of great support to Jeanne for many years.

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Anne MarieDear Dave, Debbie and family. Steve and I want to express our deepest condolences on the passing of your mom. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Gerard HatchetteDave, Debbie and family ... Sue and I express our condolences on the passing of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Grace Castro-NoletDear Barb, Barry and Aidan. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how devoted you were though you lived so far away. I admire you for giving her the best quality of life. My thoughts and prayers for peace and strength are with you. Love, Grace
Rosa & Jerry SulloDave, Deb and family. Our love and prayers are with you all during this trying time, Your mother was a very special person whom we respected greatly.
Clare LiddyDear Barb, Sorry for your loss. Your Mum sounded like a wonderful lady. Thoughts and prayers to you during these difficult days.
Julie Timms I am very saddened to hear that Jeanne passed away. I knew her from teaching at John N Given P.S. She was a pleasant and helpful secretary. My thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Lalitha Raman-Wilms & John WilmsDear Barb: So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Barry, Aidan and all of your family during this difficult time.
Holly Carswell & David Power We were deeply saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. You are very much in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Donna and Nello GiordanoBarb, Barry and Aidan so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.
Pam and Rob HowellDear Barb, Barry and Aiden - we are so sorry for your loss and send our thoughts and prayers to you at this time. Your mother sounds like such a wonderful person and she seemed to have reached so many people. She will surely be missed.
Diane WatsonSincere condolences to Jean's family. I was a teacher at John N. Given in the 70's and she was most helpful. I'm sure many people will miss her. RIP Jean.
Bob and Pat SmithDave, Deb and Family, Pat and I were sad to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a wonderful lady. Our thoughts are with you .
Edna ValkI was so saddened to hear of Jeans passing. I was one of her swimming buddies and enjoyed the conversations we had about her family and adventures in her life. I haven't seen her in a few years so hearing of her death was devastating but at the same time brought a smile to my face because knowing her was indeed a pleasure.
Sally TierneyDear Barb, Barry and Aidan, My condolences to you for the loss of your mother, Jeanne. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. She will be greatly missed, no doubt. Sally
Nadia KustersDear Barb, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
Muriel Humphries I am so sorry to learn of Jeanne's passing. We enjoyed going to many LNAC events together. My deepest sympathy goes to all the family.
George and Nancy Cyrenne Dear Barb, David & Families, We were very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She was a remarkable lady who was always there for you. We have many wonderful memories of her and your family living next door to us. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May Jesus wrap His arms around you and comfort you during this difficult time. Rest peacefully in the arms of Our Lord Jeanne. God bless all of you. Love George, Nancy & Family
Heather and Kevin WoodsideThinking of all of you today as you say good bye to your mom / mom in law and nana. Mrs. Farrell was a lovely person who always had a smile and was happy to chat whenever we saw her. We were so sad to hear that she had passed away.
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