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Jinny passed away peacefully at Greenwoods Eldercare on Feb. 15, surrounded by love. She is survived by Bob, her husband for 67 years, daughters Susan (Miles) Stacey and Colleen McKee, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Predeceased by son Brian in 1974.

Jinny was born and raised in Galt (now Cambridge) Ontario. Trained and served as a Registered Nurse at Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto. She also served as a Nursing Officer in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve, HMCS York, Toronto. In Jan. 1952 she transferred to HMCS Naden, in Esquimalt, serving in the hospital there until transferring to HMCS Discovery in Vancouver in August. She attended UBC from 1952-1954, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

She met Bob on a blind date set up by and with respective UBC nursing and engineering ex-classmates in April 1954. They became engaged three months later. From June 1954-July 1956 Jinny was employed as an instructor in the School of Nursing at the Vancouver General Hospital. She became a stay-at-home mother for the next 17 years as their three children grew up. Jinny was a volunteer counselor with Planned Parenthood in Vancouver, before the province legalized it. In 1973 she was invited to apply for a position with the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. From 1973 – 1992 she served as the senior public health nurse there. Her duties included travelling periodically to public health clinics throughout the province. Jinny and Bob came to their cabin on Salt Spring every year throughout for vacations and as many weekends as they could, retiring back full-time in 1992. Jinny served as a volunteer at one time with the Library, the Visitor’s Centre, and Meadowbrook, as well as belonging to various groups and organizations. She will be missed by all who knew her.

We are grateful to Dr. Reznick and the staff at Greenwoods for their care and attention. There will be no public celebration of life for Jinny. Rather, it will be a private get-together of immediate family members, including 1-month old great-granddaughter, named Ivy Jinny Stacey.

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