Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday May 21, 2022 at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden with ash interment prior at the Miami Cemetery. Donations may be made in Jean's memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of MB and the Alzheimer Society of MB.
Jean Millar-Prior (nee Stevenson)
1929 ~ 2022
 

Margaret Jean Stevenson was born in Morden on February 27, 1929. She was the eldest of five children: Jean, Elmer, Don, Blaine and Barry born to Walter and Henrietta Stevenson. Jean was raised in the Dunston area. She attended Shannon School, Lloyd George School and completed her high school years in Morden. Jean then went to Winnipeg to Marvel Beauty School to train as a hairdresser. After returning from Winnipeg, she lived with and kept house for her bachelor uncles. It wasn’t long before she began dating her soon to be husband and love of her life, neighbour boy, Jim Millar. They were married on December 15, 1951 and had three children: David James, Raymond Walter and Wendy Louise.

Living on the Millar homestead, Jean ran the household with her mother-in-law, Bessie Millar. The tasks of a farmwife included many professions. She was a gardener, housekeeper, cook, canner and preserver of fruits and vegetables, educator, counsellor, vet, hairdresser, nurse, truckdriver, painter, planner, inn keeper, hostess and anything else the day required. She was known for keeping an immaculate yard, flower gardens and orchard. A large portion of Jean’s life was spent as a caregiver for aunts, uncles, her mother-in-law and immediate family. After Jim’s passing in 1993, Jean married her companion, Don Prior. With Don she developed an interest in golf, china painting and traveling, including a cruise to Alaska and winters in Texas. They lived in Miami for several years before moving to Homestead South in Morden. Don passed away in 2016. Jean remained at Homestead until moving to Prairie View Lodge in Pilot Mound in August 2021.

Throughout her life, Jean’s heart remained on the farm. She continued looking after the farm books into her 80’s, and to her last days asked for regular updates on what the boys were up to and joined the crew for field suppers whenever possible. Jean passed away peacefully on Saturday May 14, 2022 accompanied by family.

Celebrating her life are her family: son, Dave (Kathy), grandchild, Adam (Michelle), great-grandchildren, Tristan, Cole and Adrienne, grandchild, Tara (Vince), great-grandchild, Jacob, grandchild, Lucus (Kerri-Rae) great-grandchildren, Max and Kate; son, Raymond (Joyce), grandchildren, Shay and Ryan (Chelsea), great-grandchildren, Noah and Rowan; daughter, Wendy (Garry), grandchildren, Brandi (Aaron) and Darla (Kevin), great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Sam and Sydney; brother, Barry (Tannis) Stevenson, in-laws, Jean Spencer and Earl (Joyce) Millar and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Morden with ash interment at Miami Cemetery. The family would like to say thank you for the condolences expressed by all. We would also like to send our appreciation to the staff at Homestead South in Morden. A special thank you to the excellent staff at Prairie View Lodge in Pilot Mound for the exceptional care. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Jean’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society.

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