Jean Hatten (Hemstalk) Howie

January 6, 1925July 3, 2018

Jean is now reunited with the love of her life, Bob. Also pre-deceased by her brother John and daughter Patt., and her best friends Jean Thomas and Marie Cloutier. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Betty (Marvin) Wood; son-in-law John McGee; grandchildren Stephanie, John, Kevin (Sarah) and Dana (Jeff); great-grandchildren Tevin, Kiara, and Kiyan; Howie nephews Bob (Roberta), Jim (Kathy) and Gordon, and niece Sheila (Butch). Jean’s friends were like family and she would want to recognize all members of the Davis, Cloutier, Noble, and Lushington families, as well as Kathryn Galvin and Judy Robertson.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Jean remained a Calgarian at heart for her whole life, even though she lived in Duncan for 47 years. At a wedding in October, 1945, she met a dashing RCAF airman named Robert Howie. She was the bridesmaid, he was the best man, and it was love at first sight. They had a story book marriage. Jean had a very happy life, and was incredibly proud of her family.

The family would like to thank all those people who made it possible for Jean to live independently into her 94th year. First and foremost, Dr. Bryan Bass, whose wisdom and candor was respected and loved; her neighbors of past and present, especially Jennifer Logan; Jason Czettisch and the staff at Mann’s Pharmacy; her “girls” at Waldon House, Teresa, Cathy & Sharon; the Seniors Monday Bridge Club; Janice McKee at Island Savings; Audrey VanderSchaaf at H&R Block; Gloria’s Food Service; the Molly Maid girls; Delores Burnside, and her dear friends Camilla and Patrick Carson.

Also thank you to the staff of CDH 3rd North and Acacia Ty Mawr for their love and care of Jean in these last few weeks.

A memorial service for Jean will be held on Saturday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m. at First Memorial Funeral Services, 375 Brae Road, Duncan, BC . Jean’s favourite charity was the Cowichan District Hospital Foundation, if you would like to donate something in her memory.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jean Hatten (Hemstalk) Howie

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Judy Teague

July 18, 2018

I met Jean in Duncan about 6 years ago. Jean was the sister of my Uncle John Hemstalk from Moose Jaw. She very kindly welcomed myself and my sister Pat Sweet when we went to meet her for the first time in her home. My impressions of Jean were what a wonderful, kind and intelligent lady. She loved to hear our memories of her brother and his wife. I’m sorry to hear of her passing but am so glad I got to meet her more than once and know such a fine person. My sympathies to her family .

Judy Robertson

July 12, 2018

Jean has always had a special place in my heart as a 2nd mom to me in my teenage years & especially in the last few years since Patt & my mom passed away. I cherish our phone calls & my visits with her. I admire her resilience & outlook on life. I love her dearly & she will be in my heart forever!

Linda Doll

July 11, 2018

Our condolences to you Betty and family. Your Mom holds a special place in my heart. Our parents met through Air Cadets in the 60's and became such great friends and shared many milestones together. Your Mom always made a plate of brownies (with the outside edge cut off!) whenever you visited Rainbow Ranch. I also make her famous "Party Potatoes". She was so caring and interested in all the happenings in our family. Most recently she would phone to find out all the news. I will dearly miss her calls. I feel so blessed to have shared many happy memories over our almost 55 years of friendship. We are all richer for having known Jean.

sharon delmotte-finucan

July 7, 2018

Sincere condolences Betty to you and your family. Your Dad, "Bobbie" was Best Man at my Mom and Dad's wedding in Hfx in 1942. They flew together during 'the war'. As a little girl myself I remember meeting Jean sometime later 1945/46? Our families always remained in touch. I remember your Mom as the pretty blonde lady who was Bob's wife, laughing, smiling and SO nice! Brenda Walchuck forwarded me the news of her passing and pictures of their last meeting with her in Duncan in February. I will be seeing the Walchucks in Hfx in July at Brenda's Mom's memorial service. My remberances and prayers are with you. Sharon Delmotte