Jacqueline Mary-Ellen Brinkhurst Champion


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.


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Bearspaw Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

1203 - 109 Street NW Edmonton AB CA

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Jacki Johnson

Jacquie always greeted us with a cheery smile, a pat on the back and remembered our previous conversation! Along with Bill and Kathy Nilsson we express our sincere condolences to each family member.

Kathy and Alan Ord

We love you and your wonderful family!
Thank you for raising such a stellar family that
Were examples to many. We have great memories of our times together working side by side on projects that needed to get done. Your ready wit and sense of humor made those “tasks” almost fun. We will miss you but realize this is just the next step forward…until we meet again!

Chris and Pat Fitzner

What a special lady she was..always loved visiting with her and hearing her enthusiastic, articulate and well- informed thoughts on life. She was a gifted, talented woman that we will miss. She also has some wonderful kids that we care about and we send our love to you.

Audrey Michelsen

My love to all of the “Champion Clan”.
Heaven is no doubt more joyful and lively with Jacquie and Alan joining the ranks. Earth is more bereft.

Francis Lajeunesse

I used to take her home from the St. Joe’s Day Support Program on DATS she was such a sweet lady I used to call her mom all the time because all the other ones were called auntie and uncle and her smile brighten up my bus
it was my pleasuree to take her.

Phil Proctor

Jacquie’s greatest achievement is her family. She served valiantly in her church callings and was a great to support to Allan as well in all his callings and endeavours as she developed her own talents. She and Allan were tremendous contributors and builders in all their walks of life . They were truly loyal and engaging friends in all their relationships – welcoming and embracing! She will be missed.

Tracy Dalzell-Heise

My sincere condolences to all of Jacquie’s family. Jacquie was one of my very first mentors when I worked with her at Edmonton Northlands. She taught me so very much and I truly admired her. I have thought of her many times over the years. Please know that she positively affected so many lives and have left many of us with exceptional life lessons.

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