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Jennifer (Lambert) Wheeler

May 20, 1946 ~ April 25, 2022 (age 75)

Obituary

Jenny Wheeler passed away peacefully on April 25, 2022. She was surrounded by her loving family.

She left behind a heck of a lot of stuff and the family does not know what to do with it all. So, if you are looking for china or cutlery (at least that’s what we think is in all those boxes) then you can wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch with us. Tomorrow will work.

Ok, this was not a cheap way to advertise a garage sale but an obituary for the best wife, mother, sister, and grandmother you could ask for. Jenny was born on May 20, 1946, in Derby England. She was the eighth of nine children born to Albert and Selena Lambert. She leaves behind a family she was proud of, her husband of 55 years Terry, children Zena, Lizaine, Jason her grandson Kevin and her sister Sheila Round (Dave), and many, many nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, six brothers, and one sister.

As mentioned, Jenny was born in England but in 1973 Jenny and Terry chased better opportunities moving to a few different countries before settling in Canada. They chose Stony Plain, Alberta to call home. Jenny started working for Parkland County in 1984 eventually becoming the head custodian at the local high school until she retired in 1997. After she and Terry retired, they moved to Calgary where they have lived ever since.

About Jenny, she was genuine to a fault, a pussy cat at heart, (ok maybe a lion) she sugar-coated nothing. She had an extensive vocabulary and was highly proficient at knowing more than just a few curse words. Everyone always knew where you stood with her. She either liked you or she didn’t. Her children often tried to figure out who was her favorite, secretly it was Zena the oldest, but the second child Lizaine was deemed the perfect one and the youngest Jason was always her baby boy. But there was never any doubt she loved and was proud of all of them. We cannot forget her grandson Kevin, she told everyone about him, he was the apple of her eye.

Jenny loved many things besides her family. She loved swans although her sister does not know why…when they were younger, they were chased by a couple of them in the canals of Derby they barely escaped alive (this may be a wee bit exaggerated). She loved her robins (the bird) as they always held a special meaning to her. She loved collecting china, especially the Royal Crown Derby, she had a collection to be proud of. In her younger days, she loved a good game of poker and no she was not competitive at all (cough cough). In the last few years, she discovered magnet fishing at Lizaine’s cabin. What few people didn’t know is that Jenny knew her way around the kitchen by that we mean if her husband Terry cooked it then Jenny would eat it. But her trifle will be sorely missed at the family gatherings.

All kidding aside, Jenny had a zest for life. She loved unconditionally and she had a love for music. In her final days she shocked the doctors, nurses, and her family as she rocked out to Friends in Low places, Kathy’s Clown, and many of her old favorites. Jenny went out on her own terms and in her own time. Everyone who remembers her is asked to celebrate her life in their own way. Raising a glass of your favorite drink would be quite appropriate. She liked her sambuca purely for medicinal purposes of course (cough cough).

We would like to thank her family doctor Terry Waller for going above and beyond and the Rosedale Hospice for taking such good care of her and the family in her last few months, even the “naughty nurse”. In lieu of flowers please donate in her name to the Rosedale Hospice 920 7a St NW, Calgary, AB T2M 3J4.

 

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