Jean Kemp

January 22, 2015 12 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

Happy birthday and goodbye to our beautiful mother who came into this world on January 17, 1923 and left it on January 17, 2015. Jean Kemp was a master knitter, a consummate seamstress, a wonderful cook, avid gardener and an amazing mother to five perfectly normal children. Mom was an exceptionally intelligent woman who instilled in all of us an appreciation for books, arts, music and independent thought. She had a generous spirit and supported many worthy causes. Despite her many talents, like the rest of us, she was not perfect. She was a member of the Scotch Tape School of Hair Cutting and couldn't carry a tune in a bucket or find her way out of a fabric store.   She is loved and will be missed by us all.

Jean is survived by four daughters, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was predeceased by her son, Gordon.

For those who knew Jean, please join her family in a celebration of her life on February 1, 2015 in the Royal Suite, 23rd Floor, Chateau Lacombe, 10111 Bellamy Hill NW Edmonton, Alberta, between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.


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  1. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman. All of our love and condolences you and your family Merrill. Her strength shines through in you. Xoxo

  2. There was something about Mrs. Kemp that I always admired… she was a true lady… the kind that are very rare nowadays. It was a pleasure to have known her.

  3. Indeed, Mrs. Kemp was a knitter at heart who braved a wild trek on foot to visit a yarn store I described relaying very, very poor directions! I still feel miserable about that.

    Delightful, multi-talented, generous, and intelligent, she will always be alive in my mind. I am grateful for the privilege to have enjoyed her company.

    Warm hugs to Merrill and all.

  4. My deepest condolences Judy, Merrill, Peggy and Glenna, and of course your families. I remember your Mom so fondly, although I admit, I was a bit scared of her back 35 years ago…somehow she ALWAYS seemed to know what Judy and I were up to! Judy, I know how much your heart is breaking and I wish I could absorb some of that pain. Big, big hugs to you!

  5. Dear Merrill,

    Your mother has a life of richness to celebrate. Did she happen to mention to you the secret for raising perfectly normal children? I have four of my own I’m working on.

    This week you have been in our thoughts.
    With Love, Rebecca & Paul

  6. Dear Judy, Alix and family,

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss, what little we knew of your mother, she seemed to be a quiet, yet powerfully spirited lady, evidenced by all of you…What a legacy she has left behind! While we miss you, we are grateful you were able to be there and hope that you find comfort amidst your mourning. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. You are in our thoughts.

    With much love,

    Lori, Lesli and families

  7. Dear Glenna, Peggy, Merrill and Judy. I am saddened by the death of your mother, someone I respected and whose company I enjoyed from the time we met. Please accept my condolences.

  8. Dear Glenna, Peggy, Merrill, Judy and families,
    We were so very fortunate to get to know your Mom well in the time we had with your family.
    Jean is a wonderful woman and spirit who will be with us forever. We admired her and grew to love her as a fine and loving Mom. I particularly remember her laugh and her bright eyes … and when I think of her I always smile … now that is a wonderful gift that she has left with all of us!
    Take good care, with love …
    Annie, Bill and Glenn Brown.

  9. A tribute, almost as wonderful as the woman to whom for which it was written.

    Thanks Grandma…xox


  10. Merrill, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I did not know your mom, but I’ve often heard you talk of her fondly. Your tribute speaks to a fine lady and her memories you will have forever. Love and hugs to you at this sad time.


  11. I am so sorry to hear of Auntie Jean’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to all who loved her. What a wonderful tribute…, full of love, spirit and humour. Amy

  12. Sorry to hear of Auntie Jean’s passing.
    Be thankful for the time you had with her and the humour – thank God for it! (Or you know, the great whatever you believe in or something.) Susan South

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