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Janet Agnes MacKinnon (nee Roy)

Janet Agnes MacKinnon (nee Roy)
July 21, 1921 – October 11, 2012
Jan was born in Petersfield, Manitoba, and was the only daughter of Edwin & Jean (nee Cunningham) Roy. She grew up in Maitland, Nova Scotia with her brothers (Alan (Audrey) Roy, the late Harvey (Marguerite) Roy, and the late Keith (Betty) Roy) . After completing high school in Maitland, and secretarial training in Truro, Jan enlisted in the RCAF and was posted overseas to work in RCAF Bomber Command ,6th Group Headquarters, UK. Corporal Roy met Wing Commander Lawrence “Mac” MacKinnon from Ponoka, Alberta and they were married on October 5, 1945.
Jan and Mac made numerous moves during their marriage, living in Toronto, Georgetown ON, Calgary and Leduc, during which time they made many wonderful friends and enjoyed curling, golfing and snowmobiling before retiring to their farm in Ponoka. Jan moved to Canmore in 1986.
The 10 years in Extended Care with a failing body, but a still active mind, were incredibly difficult for the proud, private and independent minded Jan.  She became the “sentry” for St. Martha’s, knowing staff and asking about their families.  Her memory was as sharp as a tack and she could be extremely feisty and demanding, or kind-hearted and very, very caring.  As a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Mum was unfailingly generous and supportive, but expected all to stand on their own two feet as she had done.  She kept us on our toes!  The highlight of her week was getting her hair done by Margaret Blokhuis in Margaret’s home salon, or St. Martha’s salon.  Jan thought the world of Margaret, who cared for her and loved her with compassion.
Jan is survived by her daughter, Patricia Langridge of Banff and son, Doug (Connie) MacKinnon of Dubai, UAE, as well as her granddaughters: Alison (Steve) Archambault and Heather (Terry) McGonigal. Jan is also survived by her great grandchildren: Mackaela and Xander, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jan was predeceased by her husband, “Mac” MacKinnon, in 1981 and her son-in-law, Ted Langridge, in 2001.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. If so desired, donations may be made in
Jan’s name to St. Martha’s Place, Banff Mineral Springs Hospital, Box 1050, Banff Alberta,
T1L 1H7. Condolences for the family may be left at www.bowriverfuneral.com 403-678-4880

 

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