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Georgina Nolan

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“Jean” or “Red” - Age 85


March 26, 1939 - May 6, 2024

It is with heavy hearts we sadly announce Jean’s passing peacefully with family at her side at St. Norbert Care Home.

Lovingly remembered by her children, Will (Chris), Harry (Ellen), Esther, Frank (Stacy), Edward (Peg); and her grandchildren, Samantha (Tyler), Scott (Lezlie), Megan (Caleb), Danny (Kristen), Stewart, Elisabeth, Mollie, Chloe, Ben, Ainslie; and her great grandchildren, Woodson, Mac, Madeline, Ellie, Peter and Ruth; as well as her siblings, John (Eleanor), Doug (Joan), Dorothy (Jim) and George (Bev).

Jean was predeceased by her first husband Samuel Symons; and her second husband Jim Nolan. 

Mom was born in West Garafraxa (now Wellington County) near Fergus, Ontario to parents Alex and Helen Stewart.

Jean’s greatest joy in life was her children. She was a loyal mother, who essentially raised five children on her own and would sacrifice anything for them.

After experiencing Ontario and parts of Manitoba, she eventually settled in Killarney, Manitoba with her five children. 

Mom loved taking care of people and worked as a nurse’s aid for many years until back injury setbacks forced her to retire and she opened up a daycare in her home. 

Mom enjoyed gardening, weekend barbeques at Erin Park, and countless trips to the Peace Gardens. She had many wonderful adventures with her children. Mom was actively involved with Beta Sigma Phi and the Presbyterian Church giving her a real sense of belonging to the community.

Mom loved sports and especially watching hockey. She was known as a social butterfly making friends easily and was diligent at keeping in touch with them, as well as her cousins.

Mom later moved to Winnipeg to be closer to her children and her next passion became the love of her grandchildren. She would always attend their school plays, concerts, sporting events or dance activities while they were growing up. She would always include them in her love of symphonies, musicals, art shows and Rainbow Stage.

Later in life she traveled a lot with her sister Dorothy, whom she talked to almost daily. 

A special thanks to all the staff at Golden Door and St. Norbert Care Home for the great care shown to her. 

In accordance with Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service. A family Celebration of Life will be arranged for a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.

Jean’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


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Warren Higginson

May 18, 2024 at 3:44 PM

You can only imagine what Jean had to put up with as I lived next door to the Symons family, where Will and I grew up as teenagers. Mom and Jean became very good friends, where mom I'm sure cherished every moment of there friendship. Both mothers wondering if this new child was part of the family as we spent alot of time at each other house. Jean will be missed by our family and everyone who new her. Our Condolences to the entire family.

Callum Caswell

May 16, 2024 at 9:31 PM

Will and I grew up together in Killarney. Jean was always there to support her kids and the foster kids as well. She raised a good group of people that have contributed plenty to their communities. Her attitude will be missed by all who knew her. My condolences to the entire Symons family.

K Smith

May 16, 2024 at 6:56 PM

I got the privilege of sharing a birthday with Aunt Jean. As stated in the text she like traveling with my mother back when she was well enough to do so. Attached are a few favorite memories from the time we got to spend together.

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