Jean Daley

Date: June 12th, 2020
Service Date: June 19th, 2020 10:30 a.m.
Service Location: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Sherwood Park

Jean Daley passed away in the comfort of her daughter’s home in Sherwood Park, among Family, concluding a remarkable life of 90 years which was characterized by a deep and abiding love for her Family and her Catholic Faith. Known as Mom, (Great) Grandma, Sister, (Great) Aunt, friend, volunteer…and, affectionately, as Jeannie Baby to Freddie Boy.

She was born to Theresia and John Scheelar, who settled in Strome, Alberta arriving from Minnesota in 1918, and who proceeded to raise Jean along with her 14 siblings there. Mom and Dad were married for over 64 years and last year, following surgery for colon cancer, she moved from Camrose to her own apartment in Sherwood Park.

Mom is survived by her sister: Marg Duggan; children: Patrick Daley, Margaret and husband Terry Bangen, Donna and husband Tom Herman, Karen and husband Jose DeBorba, and Norman Daley and wife Caroline Bouchard. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Kyle (Michelle) Bangen, Ben (Kristen) Herman, Kirsten Bangen (Nat Daniels), Becky (Juho) Pelkonen, Andy (Kathleen) Herman, Charlie DeBorba (Lynn), Russell DeBorba, Desiree Daley,  Sophia DeBorba (Steven), Vincent Daley (Brenna), and Zachary Daley. Great-Grandma’s energy as well as her cookies will be missed by Tyler (Ebony) and Travis Pelkonen, Aila Bangen, and Maxwell, Rose and William Herman. She also is survived by multiple generations of nieces and nephews and many dear friends in Camrose.

Mom was predeceased by Fred in 2013 and her sisters: Alma Badry, Florence Steele, Adeline Scheelar (of rheumatic fever at 13 years of age), Gladys Thomson, Marianne Scheelar (as an infant), Eileen Jukich, and Dolores Steele as well as her Scheelar brothers: Julian, Andy (a RCAF Flight Lieutenant and Instructor who was shot down over Germany in WWII), Cecil, Francis, Joseph and Jack.

Mom understood the value of hard work and knew how to get things done with a quick mind and busy hands. Being raised during the Depression, she also respected the fruits of such labor and practiced “reduce, reuse, recycle” long before they became guiding principles for the rest of us. During this last year, regardless of health challenges, she knitted and crocheted her way through bins of donated yarn and created sweaters, afghans and prayer shawls to pass along to others, baked dozens of cookies and pies, and pieced together numerous jig saw puzzles. She had “work” to finish.

Her love for us may not have been expressed through words but we always felt her love through her actions. Both Mom and Dad valued education and with their financial support and food supplies, we all graduated with the minimum of an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta. To honor their commitment to education and support other young people in their pursuit of higher learning, we established the Fred and Jean Daley Bursary at Augustana Faculty.

Finally, Mom will be remembered for her competitive spirit and love for sports and card games. She was a gifted athlete and was a member of the Northern Alberta champion softball team in her teens and took up golf with Dad in her 60’s. She loved watching curling and the Eskimos, Oilers and Blue Jays and would never say no to a game of cribbage or 500.

We are grateful to Dr. J. Roshan Abraham, Dr. Dan Schiller, and the Palliative and Home Care Teams in Strathcona County. The Family is especially appreciative of the support provided by Donna and Tom Herman and family over the past year.

Due to the Chief Medical Officer of Health restrictions on gatherings the Funeral Mass be will be live-streamed on the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish website at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 19, 2020.  Attendance to the ceremony will be limited to family only.  Cremation has taken place and inurnment will follow at the Camrose Cemetery.

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