Jacquelyn Rene Madley (Bland-Lawrence) passed suddenly on January 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 85 years. Born on September 24, 1934, in Grand Forks, BC, Jackie was predeceased by her parents Jack and Evelyn Lawrence, her first husband Wally Bland, her husband Ronald Madley and grandson, Jordan. She is survived by her brothers David Lawrence and Robert T. (Bob) Lawrence; her children, Larry (Cindy), Valerie, Evelyn, Colin (Sheree), Leslie (Barb), Shane (Dayle); her grandchildren, Cavin, Bill, Felicia, Colin, Christopher, Cheyenne, Jonathan, Lauren, Jayden, Graysen, Chanse, Sayler; and was excitedly awaiting the birth of her first great-grandchild in March. She also leaves to grieve, the adopted children/grandchild of her heart, Judith and Michael Owusu and their son Ozias.
Jackie was a devoted mother and grandmother; caregiver, who babysat for the neighbourhood; creative, and tasty cook; master costumer; one of Alberta’s first Cytotechnologists; Wardrobe Mistress for Alberta Ballet, Walterdale Theatre and Stage Polaris; co-founder of a Theatre Arts organization for children; volunteered at a women’s federal penitentiary; attained her Licentiate in Trinity College of London Speech Arts, became the Trinity College Edmonton Area Representative; and the day she passed away, planned to start a Readers’ Theatre Group at her more recent home, Shepherd’s Care Kensington.
Jackie was a loving, generous, artistic, compassionate, open-minded, animal lover, human rights champion, liberal thinker who had an ongoing desire to learn and create right up to her last day. She will be sorely missed by her family, friends, and the countless theatre/speech arts students spanning many decades.
Please join us on February 8, 2020, at 2:00 PM, for Jackie’s Celebration of Life at Caernarvon Community Hall, 14830 118 St NW, Edmonton, AB.
Donations in lieu of flowers to the Edmonton Humane Society, NOBARS Animal Rescue, or any Arts/Theatre organization that assists children at risk are gratefully appreciated.