Jean Frances Burris

October 21, 1924July 31, 2018

Burris, Jean Frances Oct. 21, 1924 – July 31, 2018

On July 31, 2018, Jean died peacefully at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home.

Jean was the youngest child of John Alan Leckie and Grace Frances Leckie. She was born and raised in Vancouver BC, attending elementary and secondary school at Prince of Wales, before obtaining a BA at UBC.

Jean enjoyed a wide variety of interests throughout her life. Outdoor activities included downhill skiing at Tod Mountain in that resort’s early years, then cross-country skiing locally and in the Rockies. She was a good hiker and walker and until the end she was using her walking sticks, waving off any help in moving about. In her younger years she enjoyed badminton, and was instrumental for many years in the organization and development of junior badminton in Kamloops. She loved to read and listen to music, and was always keen to learn about and discuss any topic. She was a determined and competitive bridge player for many years. She thoroughly enjoyed many long term friendships that were developed as a result of her varied interests.

On perhaps one of her greatest adventures, she met her future husband Stewart Burris on a transatlantic sailing from Quebec City to Liverpool, England, in September of 1950. They wed in 1951, in London, and were married for 66 years until Stewart’s death in January of 2018.

Jean is survived by sons Alan (Sherry) of Kamloops BC, and Gordon (Terri) of Calgary AB, and by daughter-in-law Adele of Kamloops BC. She will be missed by grandchildren Tim, Adam, Jamie-Lee, Christie, Jeff and Sarah. She will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews, including Jean, Ruth and John Leckie who became very close to her after their mother’s death. Jean was also predeceased by her son John, and her brother Bob Leckie.

The family extends their appreciation to Kamloops Seniors Village and to the Hospice Home, as well as to Jean’s two wonderful helpers, Charmaine and Bonnie. Additionally we would like to thank Dr. Francois Malan and Judy, for their care of Jean over the past years.

No service will be held as per Jean’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marjory Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home in her memory.


Jean Frances Burris

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August 9, 2018

Every time I saw your mother she always would smile at me and ask me how I was. Got to know her well when Stewart was alive and she would come over and do her daily visits. My deepest condolences to you all. Losing both your parents so close together. They are together again. Take Care (I work at Ksv in the recreation department)

Jill Coster ( Saucier)

August 8, 2018

I remember Jean teaching me badminton when I was in high school. I greatly admired her sense of humour and no nonsense attitude. Those are special attributes for a teacher. She raised tremendous sons who inherited her competitive spirit & character. I have not seen Jean in many years yet she left an indelible mark on my formative years. Condolences to all her family, in particular to Gord & Terry & kids. Your mom is indeed a Kamloops icon.
Jill Saucier