Jennifer Elizabeth Lord
1932 ~ 2014
Jennifer passed away quietly, surrounded by family members on the morning of November 3rd at the Menno Home. Predeceased by her parents she is survived by her husband Jeff Lord and one brother John (Marg) Kelly in Ottawa. Her early years were spent on Vancouver Island in several small towns where her father worked as a steam engineer in lumber mills and power plants. Jennifer’s high school years were served at Lake Cowichan and her teacher training at Victoria Normal School. Her first job at the age of 19 was in Abbotsford as the first teacher at Alexander School which at that time was a new one room school enrolling only grade ones. The next year, 1952, Jeff arrived as a charter member of the teaching staff at the new Abbotsford Junior High School on Cannon Drive. Jennifer and Jeff met through various teacher and community events, became friends and were married in the Spring of 1955. The early years of marriage were saddened by the death of two infant sons, Norman and Kevin, but they had two daughters, then two more sons came….. and life went on again. They enjoyed family life on acreage, raising beef, Christmas trees, chickens and children. Camping trips to Vancouver Island, and all across Canada in 1970 were central memories for the family. After Jeff’s retirement they realized a dream and moved to spend 15 years on Vancouver Island right on the ocean in Nanoose Bay. They had many happy times there and made many friends. However, in that time the extended family continued to grow, mainly around Abbotsford, so in 2004 they moved back to be closer to children and grandchildren. The family now stands at two daughters Marge (Derek), Tracy (Gordon), two sons Steve (Kari) and Greg (Lisa), 22 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Jennifer spent 2 1/2 years as a resident at Menno Home, a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. Now we know that the confusion has blown away, the smile has returned, and she is at peace in the house of the Lord forever. The family would like to say a big Thank You to the staff at Menno Home for all the patient, loving care given to Jennifer. You are very special people. No flowers, please. As you wish you may make a donation to a charity of your choice, in Jennifer’s name. Memorial service to be held at St. Matthew’s Anglican @ Grace Church 2087 McMillan Road in Abbotsford at 2:00 pm Saturday November 8th.