Mary Jean

1927 – 2010

Mary Jean Thevenaz passed away quietly on April 9, 2010 at the Red Deer Hospital at the age of 82 years. She is survived by two sons David and his wife Brenda and their children Shad, Drew and Logan and by son Maurice and his wife Valerie and their children Lindsey and Kendra, special niece Jackie Howie as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Jean is also survived by one very special friend Sharon Smallshaw, two brothers Jim and Doug MacPhee, brother-in-law Pete Lemire and sister-in-law Iris MacPhee (Walt Sorokowski). Jean was predeceased by her husband Mitch in 2005, son Charles in 1969, parents John and Gladys MacPhee, two brothers Jack and Gordon MacPhee and her sister Gertrude Lemire. Jean was born on April 14, 1927 in Montreal, Quebec. She attended English Catholic School at St. Aloysius and then on to Darcy McGee High School. After graduating high school, Jean decided to further her education and trained at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal and graduated as a Nurse in May of 1948. In May of 1949, Jean went to work at the hospital in Lacombe and then on to Bentley Hospital in October of that same year. In April of 1950, Jean became Matron of the hospital in Bentley and remained working there until she married Mitch Thevenaz. The couple then farmed and raised their three sons. Jean loved people and nursing, so in 1970 she went back to work as a nurse at the doctor’s office in Bentley and then on to the Rimbey Auxiliary Hospital. In 1980, Mitch and Jean moved into the town of Bentley and Jean continued working in Rimbey until her retirement in 1984. In 2005 after Mitch passed away, Jean moved to the Lodge in Sylvan Lake which she very much enjoyed. She became involved at the Lodge and also with the people there, with many of whom she became fast friends. She loved to call bingo games, tell stories, and visit with everyone and of course Jean loved to travel. She spent twenty four winters in Yuma, Arizona and it was there that she learned to love swimming and very seldom turned down a good game of shuffleboard. Jean’s sons and their wives and her five precious grandchildren were her greatest source of pride and it showed. Her eyes would just sparkle with delight as she would tell countless stories of her family’s every accomplishment however big or small. She was a very special lady and will be truly missed. A celebration of Jean’s life was held at the Bentley Community Church on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Greg Rathjen officiating. Interment will take place at the Bentley Cemetery. Following the interment, family and friends are invited to gather back at the Bentley Community Church for a time of fellowship and light refreshments. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Jean, memorial contributions may be made to the Sylvan Lake Lodge Foundation in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO who have been entrusted with the care and arrangements. Toll free 1.888.942.3315. Condolences can be e-mailed to

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