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Gurney, Margaret "Jean"



May 13th, 1929 – October 31st, 2023

On Tuesday, October 31st, 2023 (Margaret) Jean Gurney (née: Batt) passed away with family by her side. The world dimmed for the countless people whose lives she touched through her kindness, love and joy that she shared with everyone. Jean’s life and her dedication to her family, friends, and career as a teacher made the world a better place.

She was predeceased by her husband, George in 2017; parents, Albert (Bert) and Jane (Jean) Batt; siblings: Doris (Cliff) Marsh, John (Ellen) Batt, Bill (Jean) Batt, and Jim Batt; father and mother-in-law, George and Elsie Gurney; Ken Gurney, Susan Gurney, Doug Ramm, Gladys (Jack) Wright, Jean (George) Donbroe, Elaine (Fred) Kozack, George McCallum, and Eileen Fischer. Left to cherish Jean’s memory are her daughter, Lovella (Ron) Jones of Regina, SK; son, George (Nancy) Gurney of Eyebrow, SK; grandchildren, Kevin and Ken, who were the light of her life; sister-in-law, Della Batt; brothers-in-law: Ron Gurney, Chuck (Marlene) Gurney, Herb Villness, and Ron Fischer; sisters-in-law: Beatrice Ramm, Joan McCallum, Merilyn (Bryan) Gatschene, and Lavina McKinnon; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who cherished her dearly. 

Jean was born on the Joe Wray Farm and attended school at Purplehill, Palestine and Oxbow, SK. Jean’s dedication to others shaped her 35 year career as a teacher that began at Mayflower, Coldridge, Carievale, Oxbow and Eyebrow, SK. As a role model, the guidance and example she gave her students through the virtues of gentleness, patience and love created lifelong bonds as her students grew to become adults.  

Jean was a strong advocate for community involvement and that included volunteering for whatever sport or activity that Lovella and George were involved in. She later became involved with the Hospital Auxiliaries and looked forward to annual meetings and renewing friendships.

The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the staff at Wintergreen Estates, and the doctors and nursing staff in the Emergency and Ward 4B at the Pasqua Hospital.  

At Jean’s request, a private family service will be held. Flowers are gratefully declined. The family kindly requests donations in memory of Jean be directed to Eyebrow Seniors c/o Village of Eyebrow, Box 159, Eyebrow, SK S0H 1L0. Cheques are to be made payable to the Village of Eyebrow, for a receipt or e-transfer to Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Gary McDowell, Funeral Director 306-693-4550

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