CHAMPION, Jacqueline Mary-Ellen Brinkhurst
Jacqueline Mary-Ellen Brinkhurst Champion, known to most as Jacquie and to others as Mom or Nannie, passed away on August 26, 2016 in Edmonton, AB at age 87. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Alan, in 2014. Jacquie’s children, Brian (Elaine), Randy (Jonelle), Susan (Don) Sommerfeldt, Jeff (Janice), Lenore (Michael) Stevens, and Ross (Denise); and her brother, Gordon (Arlene) Brinkhurst, express their love and will miss her. Her 29 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren brought her much joy. Friendships forged in shared experiences over many years provided company and community throughout different stages of her life.
Having been born on July 30, 1929, in Medicine Hat, and having lived most of her life in Alberta, Jacquie appreciated prairie landscapes, which were often the subject of her watercolour art. She adored her grandparents, Nanny and Poppa Brinkhurst, who lived in Vancouver and with whom she lived during her childhood, making “the coast” a favourite vacation destination. Always one to make a point and have a story come alive through animated telling, she influenced lives as a friend, teacher and mentor. Her professional life, which included media writing and performance, spanned decades and culminated in public affairs positions with the provincial government and consulting roles in public relations. As a young adult, she became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served faithfully in a multitude of church assignments, taking a particular interest in teaching the youth. Her involvement in the Relief Society brought her great satisfaction. Jacquie admired good writing and was a voracious reader and a participant in several book clubs over the years. Never one to back away from polarized discussions, she enjoyed engaging in critique and analysis about politics, environmental issues, the Oilers, the arts or any other current topic. Her grandchildren sum up: “There is only one Nannie.”
A memorial funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 3rd, 2016, at the Bearspaw Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1203 – 109 St. NW, Edmonton. In honour of her memory, pick up and finish that book you’ve been meaning to read.