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(Mabel) Jean (née Reid) Lye

LYE, (Mabel) Jean (née Reid) - Lived life fully during her 94-years, passing away peacefully February 1, 2017. Jean was truly loved by her late husband Robert (1990), partners in so many things. She is survived by her loving siblings Neil Reid (late Wilma), and Elizabeth Deakin (Richard), and in-laws Margaret Lumley (late Robert), and Denis Bowers (late Dorothy); pre-deceased by siblings George and Lena Reid, and in-laws James Lye (Elsie), Arthur Lye (Elizabeth), Edith Lee (Walter), and Sarah Muir (Andrew), as well as parents Catherine (née Grant) and George Reid. Aunt Jean was cherished by many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews. Jean is fondly remembered by many friends and neighbours. Jean started her career teaching in a one-room schoolhouse, eventually returning to university so that she could teach high school. She made the big leap from southwestern Ontario to Sudbury in 1953, to teach English at Sudbury Mining and Technical School. She met Bob at a young people's church group, falling in love "with the best man possible". Together, they explored much of Canada and parts of Europe, enjoyed camping, family gatherings, small parties, walking, kindly teasing nieces and nephews, a shared wit and humour, Hockey Night In Canada, and much more. Jean leaves a legacy of meaningful life lessons for her family, friends, and previous students on lifelong learning, perseverance, independence, women's equality, finding humour and strength in all situations, acceptance of all people, giving and helping others, living lightly and quietly on this earth, and finding passions to explore. Jean's true passions were genealogy and spending time with real-life family, as well as both flower and vegetable gardening (neighbours say she had the best gardens on the street), reading, sharing history, quilting, needlework, and designing and sewing clothing. Her gift to all is the donation of a large family tract of land to a local conservation authority in southwestern Ontario, for everyone to enjoy and learn from in perpetuity. A celebration of life will be held in the spring, in Sudbury, to be announced at a later date. Donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the St. Clair Region Conservation Foundation (, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, or a charity of your choice.13144159
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Posted by Sandra Sauve (nee Del-Pivo) (Neice of Arthur and Elizabeth Lye) On Thursday, February 9, 2017
I have fond memories of attending family gatherings with my parents (Richard and Robena Del-Pivo) at Uncle Art and Aunt Elizabeth Lye's home and visiting with Aunt Jean and Uncle Robert. I would often bump into Aunt Jean at the mall and she would always have time to sit and chat with me. She was a very kind and compassionate lady. My deepest condolences to Her family and friends.

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