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Jennifer Evelyn May Stone (Jones)

Jennifer Evelyn May Stone


a Photo of young Jennifer Evelyn May Stone

Obituary for Jennifer Evelyn May Stone (nee Jones)

December 20, 1941 – June 12, 2023

Jenny Stone, a long-time resident of Vancouver, B.C., passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver at the age of 81.

She was born in Smethwick, England, the fifth of six daughters of Albert Henry Percival Jones and Ethel Jones (née Parkes). Her siblings were Marguerite, Gwen, Chris, Maureen, and Judith (later, Jay).

She moved to Birmingham, where she worked in pubs, and then to Southampton. There, she met her future husband, Leslie Herbert Stone (Les), the son of Gordon Stone and Ellen Stone (née Olive). Les, an army veteran who had served in the Far East, was working on big ships, changing the cooking stoves from oil to gas. They married in 1970. Jenny subsequently worked for Midland Catering, and in the china and glass department of a department store in Southampton, before emigrating to Canada with Les in 1974.

They settled in Logan Lake, B.C., where they resided for 14 years. Les worked in maintenance for a molybdenum mining company, Lornex (now Teck Resources Limited), while Jenny initially worked in a bar and then took on various cleaning jobs.

In the late 1980s, Jenny became the manager of two buildings (including Greystone Manor) on Royal Avenue in Kamloops, B.C. Les joined her and they subsequently became managers of buildings in Kelowna and New Westminster, B.C. before taking up the position of managers of Nelson Place at 1424 Nelson Street, Vancouver. There they served for eight years. They were so loved that, when they left in 1998 they received a warm send-off from the residents. Among those who signed the farewell banner hung in their honor was future prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

Jenny and Les subsequently managed Robson Place at 777 Cardero Street, Vancouver, until their retirement in 2006. Les passed away a little over a year later. In retirement, Jenny knitted and crocheted shawls for new-borns at St. Paul’s Hospital, and crocheted blankets that she gave to homeless people and to charities.

Jenny’s philosophy of life was: Have as much fun as you can while your life lasts. If things go wrong, just say to yourself—“Well, it will work out another day.”

She will be dearly missed by the many friends she and Les made throughout their lives, especially by Lynne Illman of Merritt, B.C., and Richard Darcy of Vancouver, B.C.; and by her sister-in-law, Barbara (Babs) Meatcher of Hampshire, Eastleigh, England.

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