Rosemary Dorothy Meredith Jarrett (Nee Smith)
January 5, 1931 - December 17, 2018
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our beautiful, beloved Mother, Rosemary. Mom passed away peacefully at home in her sleep without pain surrounded by family with a final wave from the window. Predeceased by Son Jim, her Mommy and Daddy, Daughter In-law Rita, Sons In-law Brent and Gord, Grand Daughters Katie and Heather, her Brother Howie, Sisters Philippa and Pat, and her dog Jersey. They are now together again.
She will be lovingly missed and remembered by her children Jennifer, Phil, Pat (Tom), Heather (Patrick), Bill, Rosie (Bruce), Margie, Mollie(Dave) and their families; 17 Grandchildren, 18 great grand children and 1 great great grandchild, her Brother Ray, Sons In-law Ross, Maurice and Al,
Daughter in-law Kathy and many nephews and nieces. Mom had many life long friends that she loved, enjoyed and had fun with, Shirley, Midge, Joan, Pat, Cathy, Kay and George, Bea, Bill, Kevin, Johnny Mike, Marilyne and many more. They were often her strength as well as her laughter.
Mom gave everything to us kids with unconditional love and we all found our strength through her.
She was a devoted Mother & Nana, her family was her world and her joy! She was the nicest person we ever met, the best mom ever. A caring and warm person without negative thought and game to do anything with a beautiful smile. Fondly known as Mrs. J, she was like a second mother to many as all were welcome into her home. She had a great love of dogs and kids.
Mom was born in Calgary Alberta and grew up in a fun loving family. As a young teenager she worked for many years with great pride at the Palace Theatre starting as an usher to her promotion of Candy Counter Manager until her marriage to Fred Jarrett at 19. When pregnant with their third child they moved to BC, South Bentinck Arm then to the Queen Charolette Islands and by their sixth child moved and continued to reside in Coquitlam. By 1971 mom was a single mother and did a tremendous job of raising her children on her own, and was a fabulous example of being a great parent to all her children as we carried on her legacy as parents. Our house was full of love and laughter, as was what she grew up in. Mom managed Krusty Thrift Bakery from her early 40’s until retirement, she so enjoyed her coworkers and customers and took great pride in providing for herself and her family.
Mom was a huge sports fan, from the start of playing golf with her father and as a very successful speed skater, “I was fast”. She continued her love of sports as a spectator, to Hockey, she was a devoted Canuck fan and loved Trevor Linden, to Lacrosse, cheering on the Adanacs and spent many a night enjoying the games with the teammates and her friends at the Coquitlam Recreation Centre.
Mom’s other joy was soap operas, a lifelong fan of Coronation Street, The Edge of Night and The Young and Restless, often co-watching the shows while on the phone with her sister Pat or friend Shirley.
After retirement, mom had 15 years of travels with her sister Pat and friends Shirley and Colleen. Her favorite trip was with her sister Pat on a cruise to Alaska “Standing on our Balcony, Looking at that Glacier, was unbelievable”. To Hawaii with Shirley, Ottawa and train ride to Montreal, twice to Florida, a few times to Reno and Salt Lake City, a cruise to Hawaii which included a 45 minute helicopter ride around all the islands. Her bests were her yearly trips to Calgary to her sister Pat’s home and joined by her sister Phillipa, then they, travelling to Coeur d’Alene to Phillipa’s home.
After mom’s health started to decline she enjoyed being home with her family and going to their homes. She so enjoyed doing her word search puzzles and watching the school children coming and going outside her window. She was so well cared for by the ladies from Saint Elizabeth through Fraser Health. Loving and lasting bonds where created over the 2 1/2 years they came to our home daily to assist her with what ever was needed to give her comfort and stay in her own home with her daughter Margie.
Mom’s strength never left her, she chose how she lived and her passing. We will never forget her grace and warmth. Her love will stay with us all, always.
Celebration of life to be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2pm at Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel, 11969-216th Street, Maple Ridge, BC.
“The ones we love stay in our hearts forever"