Jean Alice (McNee) Stewart


Jean Alice (McNee) Stewart
June 9, 1928 – December 12, 2020

On December 12, 2020, Jean Alice (McNee) Stewart passed away at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of 92.

Jean was born in Vegreville, Alberta, on June 9,1928, the second child to Peter Clarke McNee and Stella May (Johnson) McNee. She was the only girl in the family, and had three brothers; Lloyd (Stephanie) McNee, Allen (Pat) McNee, and Donald McNee (Sandy).

At an early age, Jean learned to work hard on the family farm near Vegreville. Among other responsibilities, she had the assignment to clean the house, and cook many large meals for the farm help. The most disliked task was taking care of the chickens, as they often frightened her. Jean shared several stories about her experiences with chickens, and they became the catalyst for many jokes and pranks over the years. She would laugh right along with everyone, and was always a great sport.

After high school graduation in Willingdon, Jean moved to Edmonton to receive secretarial training at the Alberta Business College. Later, while working at Imperial Oil, a handsome young engineer caught her eye. Jean said that when Mr. Stewart called for a stenographer, she would always try to be the first one to his office. Apparently, she caught Lowell’s eye too, as they began dating, and were later married on June 5, 1954. A year later their first child, Laurie, was born. Kevin was born in 1959, then Lynda completed the family in 1965.

Jean’s creative touch made home a pleasant place to be. She was resourceful, and used her talents and skills to enhance home life. If she couldn’t find what she wanted, she would figure out a way to make it herself, and for much less money. She was adept at making drapery, upholstery, sewing the family’s clothing, crocheting, and crafts of all sorts

Always a gracious hostess, Jean enjoyed inviting family and friends over for an evening of delicious home-made food, and light-hearted conversation. Many happy memories began around the table. Mom balked at installing an automatic dishwasher until much later in life, as she preferred having her children learn to help in the kitchen, and do the dishes. Her tasty recipes have been handed down, treasured for three generations, and her delicious gingerbread cookies (“man cookies”) are still a favorite treat for the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to Mom’s decorating talent, she was also musically inclined, and was often asked to sing at musical events. She could also play the piano, and felt it was important to encourage and facilitate music education for each of her children. Music was always an important part of the family’s home life.

Mom often showed love and compassion in thoughtful ways to those around her. As a tribute to her, Jean’s name was passed down as a middle name to a daughter, 2 granddaughters, and 2 great granddaughters. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was sealed to her husband and family for eternity in the Cardston, Alberta temple. She offered service to her church in many unheralded ways.

Jean was a loving and supportive wife to Lowell. During her last few years, roles reversed, and Dad lovingly cared for Mom as her health steadily declined. It was a beautiful expression of love and support to her. We suspect that Dad probably pulled some heavenly strings after his recent passing 19 days ago, as we knew they could not be apart for long.

We will miss Mom’s kind words of advice, her example of integrity and hard work, her loving service to her family and friends, her glowing countenance when family was around, and her tight squeeze around our shoulders with the words, “Love you!” She was a devoted wife to her husband, Lowell; a loving mother to Laurie (Dale) Luke of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Kevin (Ann) Stewart of Sherwood Park, Alberta, and Lynda Stewart of Sherwood Park, Alberta; a special grandma to Renée Stewart of Calgary, Alberta, Alan Stewart of Montreal, Quebec, Laura Stewart of Edmonton, Alberta, Mark (Reylene) Luke of Chandler, Arizona, Spencer (Audrey) Luke of Kaysville, Utah, Patti (Dane) Lemon of Queen Creek, Arizona; and an adored great grandma to 7 great granddaughters and 6 great grandsons.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, and recently by her beloved husband, Lowell, of 66 years (deceased on November 23, 2020).

The family wishes to express deep appreciation to all those who have shared their love and concern for the family, and to the hard-working hospital staff at the Grey Nuns Hospital, for their compassionate care during Mom’s hospitalization.

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19, there will be no funeral at this time. Memorial services will be determined at a later date for both Jean and Lowell. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by donations to the Humanitarian Aid Fund – Church of Jesus Christ, an Alzheimer’s research or support organization, or another charity of one’s choice.

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21 Condolences

Leigh and Lorenzo Polidoro

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Stewart family. We had the pleasure of knowing Jean and spending time with her during a number of special occasions. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Barrie and Pat Oviatt

We treasured our friendship and association with Jean and Lowell. They were great friends and will be missed .

Terry & Marie Poulin

So sorry to know of the loss of your dear Mother, Jean. May you treasure the many happy memories of her and her service to her family and those others who she served. Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family during this difficult time, and may you find comfort in knowing they are together.

Gary and Toni Stringam

So soon after Lowell’s passing, we are again saddened by Jean’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Lynda and the family. She will be sorely missed.

Doreen Pizzey

I am so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mother so close to the loss of your Dad. I have fond memories of visiting and laughing and eating together. They made everything more fun. So happy to know they are together but we all will miss this golden couple.

Cindy Simpson

This is such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady. Thank you for sharing. Our love and condolences go out to Linda and her family.

Shelley and Rob McCaskill

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as you grieve the loss of Jean so soon after Lowell’s passing. She was a caring and generous person with a good sense of humor. She enriched our lives and we hold many dear memories of her and your family, which live on.

Tanya Meek

I always appreciate the examples of steadfast people living caring and sharing lives. Both your parents demonstrated those qualities. I”m sending love and hugs your way during this difficult time. Lynda–so glad your health is improving. May 2021 bring the warmth of good memories, healing and hope for you and your family.

Jan (Prince) Oviatt

I have know your mom and dad for many years and know what wonderful people they were. May you know that they will be sorely missed here but the reunion on the other side has been wonderful for them. May you remember them with many fond memories especially at this Christmas Season.

Kristi Hansen

I loved your mom and dad. We moved into their ward almost 16 years ago. They were both always so kind and friendly to me. Your mom and I shared a lot of laughs together. I will miss her so much! I am happy though to know that they are together. I will be praying for your family to feel the Saviors love and comfort at this time.


Laurie, Kevin & Lynda, I am so very sorry for your enormous loss and grieve with you.

Donna Lowry

The family has our prayers and condolences in the passing of this great lady and her husband. I remember accompanying Jean singing at various church events. It was always a pleasure to work with her. Our families shared much in common, and it is a pleasure to look back on those early days.

Lowell Scully

I am so sorry for your families loss!
I will miss you Mom’s caring smile and sense of humour!
I am glad that she is now with her beloved husband!

Please know that your whole family are in my prayers!

Pearl McCaskill

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your Mother, all who knew her loved and respected her. It will not seem the same not seeing Jean and Lowell, many happy memories . It’s so good to know they are reunited for Eternity

Sandy (Stringham) Burnham

Laurie, Kevin and Lynda
It was with great sorrow that I heard news of your Mom’s passing, especially so close to losing your Dad as well. I have such fond memories of growing up across the street from the Stewarts. Your parents were always kind and giving to all they knew. They have left a wonderful legacy and I am grateful to have known them. Sending love and wishing you peace and happy memories of your parents.

Patti Wickins

Our condolences to the Stewart family on the loss of beautiful Aunt Jean, she will be fondly remembered…reunited with Uncle Lowell eternally…with love Brad, Patti & Brockton Wickins

Dale Sherburne

Such a loving spirit. I have missed both Br. & Sis. Stewart since Marty & I moved in 2016. We were welcomed into their home with such love. Such wonderful memories.

Doug and Kim McNee

Our sincere condolences to the Stewart family. Can’t imagine the emotions you’ve all experienced the past few weeks. I have many great memories of Auntie Jean. Can still see her in her state of the art kitchen with an apron on cooking up homemade pizza and my first introduction to riced potatoes which to this day still remain one of my favorite dishes. I was fascinated when she and my dad would be reminicing about growing up on the farm and how they would both laughing in stitches with there story telling. Great memories to hold close to the heart.

Cecile Gartner

Lynda what a beautiful memorial of your mother. I did not know her for a long length of time but I could certainly see all the attributes you mention above would of been her.. a gentle kind warm loving woman. She always simply happy to meet any of us other residents be in in the hallway or the dining room. You were a tribute to both of your parents as could be seen and felt as you helped them maneuver their way around.

Stephanie, Christine and Tom

Our very deepest sympathies to the whole Stewart family on the loss of Aunty Jean and Uncle Lowell.
May their memories be eternal!

Hilda Mo

Dear Laurie, Kevin & Lynda
I am so sorry of the loss of your parents whom we remembered well of their kindness and caring. Their love for each other and their family were exemplary. May their memories give you peace, comfort and the joy of eternal love