Jill McLennan Jennings
June 10, 1957 – December 15, 2012
It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of Jill McLennan Jennings, at the age of 55 years, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Jill died peacefully on December 15, 2012 at her home in Lac La Hache, BC surrounded by her loving family.
Jill was born on June 10, 1957 in Elk Lake, ON to John and Elaine McLennan. She was the eldest of their four children and always took care of her younger siblings. Not surprisingly, she became a nurse. Jill was knowledgeable and always supportive of her co-workers. Her bright smile, positive outlook and caring heart, were a comfort to the patients that she came in contact with during her career.
Jill will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Lauren, twin sons Kent and Scott, by her parents John and Elaine, her sisters Lorri Spaans (son Kyle and partner Brent Field), Patti Lucas (daughters Kristen, Alicia and husband Brian) and her brother Chris McLennon (sons Rylend, Brodan and Connor). Jill will be sadly missed by her partner Pete Neuner and his family of British Columbia (his son Clayton, daughter-in-law Jillian and grandson Easton, his daughter Tanya, grandson Braeden and twin granddaughters Mackenzie and Kaia). She was a cherished niece of Mickey and Joanne Major and Claude and Bertha Pellerin. In addition, she will be missed by many cousins, aunts and uncles and will be fondly remembered by Loretta Jennings and her family.
Jill had many friends that she met while living in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia that will miss her dearly. These include her nursing friends from college, nursing friends and colleagues in BC and Alberta, neighbours and people she met and worked with in the communities of High Prairie, AB, Fort Frances & Kenora, ON and Williams Lake & Lac La Hache, BC.
Jill will also be missed by her Yellow Lab, Kobe and her cat Buster. She dearly loved all the animals that she and Pete raised on their “ranch” in Lac La Hache. She particularly loved their cow “Forrest”, her cat Gizmo, her chickens, the horses and many other animals that they often rescued.
The family would like to gratefully acknowledge all the flowers, visits, donations, masses, prayers, food, phone calls and cards that were given to us by family, friends and neighbours to comfort us during this difficult time. Your kindness and generosity was greatly appreciated.
The funeral arrangements, which were handled by LaPrairie’s Alternative Funeral Services of Williams Lake, took place on December 20, 2012.
Donations to the SPCA, or the BC Cancer Foundation, bccancerfoundation.com, will be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Jill’s family will hold a celebration to honour her life in the spring of 2013 in Ontario.