Nicholls, Jean

Nicholls: Jean (Kuipers), beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister died peacefully at the age of 66 on July 23, 2021, at the Brandon Regional Health Center with her husband and children by her side, after losing her battle with liver disease. She was born in Brandon, Manitoba on September 24, 1954, to Rudy & Winnie Kuipers. She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Gary Nicholls, her children: Rita (Aaron) Van Dresar, Tessa, and Adam (grandchildren, Karson Mason & Kylee) her siblings: Sally (John) Leder, Bonnie (Arie) Grootenboer, Betty (Tim) Reimche, Peter Kuipers, Harold Kuipers, Diane Lawrence, Carolin (Craig) Bock, and Doreen (Patrick) Braaten.  Jean was predeceased by her parents, Rudy and Winnie Kuipers.

Jean grew up with her 8 siblings, following their father’s career as a baker, mostly in Rivers and Brandon.  Gary and Jean raised their family in Kenton until 1986, and then moved to Oak Lake, where Gary resides.  Jean volunteered for the Oak Lake United Church Activity group and the Fair Committee while she worked in the insurance industry.  She retired in September of 2019.

Jean’s kindness, supportive nature, willingness to help, and her smiling face will be missed by all that knew her.  The family will be cherishing Jean’s memory in private. In lieu of Flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Jean Nicholls to the Canadian Liver Foundation Manitoba Chapter, Box 1583 Lac du Bonet, Manitoba, R0E 1A0.

“In life, we loved you; in death we love you still.  In our hearts we know you have found peace at last.”


22 thoughts on “Nicholls, Jean”

  1. My deepest condolences to you Gary and your family. I had the privilege to work with Jean for 5 years. She was
    kind, hard working, full of smiles and always good for a laugh. Your loss has saddened many. You will always be remembered Jean. Rest In Peace.

  2. From Gerard and Glenda Wade. Jean is a part of many great memories from my time in Oak Lake. She was always a great and fun friend. We wish Gary and family our condolences.

  3. To Gary and family,
    Our family send our deepest sympathy with the sad loss of Jean! She was part of our Community and lives for many years. My heart breaks for you all. We had not heard the sad news until yesterday.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all at this sad time.
    Love & Hugs,
    Larry, Sandra, Travis, Tod Wallace and families

  4. Gary, Rita, Tessa & Adam. So sorry to hear about Jean’s passing. Our family’s thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

  5. Gary and family
    Howard and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Jean’s passing, our neighbour just down the street. I have such fond memories of Jean, mostly through the School and Art Work part of the Oak Lake Fair. She taught me everything I needed to know to take over from her leadership of the department. Her motto was – Everyone’s entry should be displayed well for all to see. I still hold to that ideal 🙂
    Also, remember Jean’s competency and professionalism as she worked for Mike Hatfield – “Jeannie” was always so helpful and willing to tackle anything sent her way.
    You will be missed in our neighbourhood, Jean. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Gary and your family.

  6. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with each of you and your families at this time. May your memories put a smile on your face and in your heart. Cherish those memories as you celebrate the life of your Mom (Tessa) and your sister (Sally).

  7. Gary, Rita, Tessa, Adam, and all of the Nicholls and Kuiper families. My thoughts are with you all as you remember this wonderful woman. She loved all of you unconditionally. Rest in peace sweet Jeannie. Love you to the moon and back and all around the stars.

  8. Sorry and shocked to hear of Jean’s passing. Our condolences to Gary, Rita, Tessa & Adam.

  9. To Gary and family,

    Cindy and I were very sorry to learn of Jean’s passing. It was a shock to us. Our condolence go out to you all.

  10. Gary and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. We have many memories of fun camping trips to Lake Audy and of your wedding. The world has lost a wonderful person and you have lost a cherished wife, mother and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Thank-you, Keith and Bev, for sending condolences at this time. We have a lot of cherished memories from our time in Kenton, including those with your family.

    Gary, Rita , Tessa, and Adam

  12. Thank so much, Gerard and Glenda, for thinking of us at this time. I, too, have many fond memories of your time in Oak Lake !

  13. A big thank-you to all the Wallaces for your sympathetic words and prayers. Your support is appreciated.

  14. Thanks very much, Karen and Howard, for your kind words, thoughts, and prayers that help us make it through this time. Gary, Rita, Tessa, and Adam

  15. Thanks Keith and Cindy! We carry such fond memories of our group of friends from CRC, and the friendly encounters over the years. Bless you all for remembering.

  16. Harold and family! We are so sorry for your loss!

    Lots of love
    Paul, Tanis, Carman and Gina Shipman ( Saskatoon Saskatchewan)

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