Bertha ‘Jean’ MacCannell, 97, Tulsa, Oklahoma, retired nursing
supervisor, died Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014, at Oklahoma State University Medical
Center, Tulsa, OK. She was born July 13, 1917 in Amherst, Nova Scotia,
Canada to Rev. Christopher Graham and Bertha Murray Graham.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Dr. Bruce MacCannell;
daughter Susan A. MacCannell; sons Aubrey A. M. MacCannell, Normal, Illinois
and Malcolm MacCannell, Peoria, Illinois; and brothers Christopher "Kit"
Graham and David Graham. She is survived by her children Graham B. MacCannell,
Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada; Beatrice “Bea” MacCannell,
Kansas City, Missouri; David A.A. MacCannell (Lynn), Springvale, Maine;
Ian R. MacCannell (Craig Wright), Rock Island, Ilinois; Margo VanDyke
(John), Tulalip, Washington; Heather J. MacCannell, Peoria, Ilinois; and
Karen E. MacCannell, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren:
Alex Miller (Michael Miller) and daughter Katie Moodie, Nashville, Tennessee;
Mike MacCannell (Jacky), Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada; Crystal
Green and son Brady, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada; Andrew MacCannell,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Cynthia Edmonds (Rex) Peoria, Ilinois and daughter
Aubrey, Portland, Maine; Chris MacCannell, Houston, Texas and daughter
Elizabeth; Mike MacCannell (Azure), Warwick, Rhode Island and daughters
Paige and Emily; Tim MacCannell (Alex), Portsmouth, New Hampshire and
children Max and Maddie; Tim MacCannell, Denver, Colorado; Neal MacCannell,
Seattle, Washington; sisters in law Margaret Dunn Graham (Pierre Vachon),
widow of Kit, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and Joyce, widow of David,
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; first cousin and life-long friend
Durrell "Grummy" Murray, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; her
dear friend Doug Boyd (Margaret), Tulsa, Oklahoma many loving nieces and
nephews and their children and grandchildren and her two beloved cats,
Daisy and Delilah.
Jean graduated from Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown, Prince Edward
Island, Canada, with a degree in nursing in 1939. Jean was very active
in many activities with nursing, church and was once part of a winning
In September 1956 Bruce and Jean moved with their family from Amherst,
Nova Scotia, Canada to Dothan Alabama where Bruce established a new medical
practice and where they lived until 1962. The family moved to St. Louis,
Missouri where he studied psychiatry. After several years of practicing
psychiatry in Galesburg and Macomb, Illinois and Tuscaloosa, Alabama they
moved to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. Having spent many
years raising her family and being involved with their many activities
Jean was not ready for retirement and went to work as a nursing supervisor
at Beach Grove Hospital in Charlottetown, retiring in 1982.
After retirement she audited a number of courses at the University of Prince
Edward Island, was very involved with the local Senior Center where she
published their newsletter, performed in their annual variety show and
worked in their office. Jean was an avid swimmer and ice skater into her
late 70’s often winning swimming awards at the local athletic club.
Jean was very active with Trinity United Church, Charlottetown, PEI and
was in charge of the kitchen for several years (including making purchases
of equipment and supplies), worked on all church fundraisers, sang in
the choir and was proud to serve as an ordained Elder.
Jean moved to Tulsa, OK in the fall of 1996 to be closer to immediate family.
In Tulsa Jean joined Southminster Presbyterian Church, dedicating numerous
hours to various committees. Jean arranged the sanctuary decorating annually
for the Easter service for many years, worked on the newsletter until
it went electronic and often worked in the office to fill in when needed;
she may or may not have occasionally hung up on callers. Although unable
to sit through both Sunday school and Church, the last year she attended
Sunday school faithfully, and loved the thought provoking discussions
with her class. Jean attended Sunday school the morning before being admitted
to the hospital. She volunteered with Emergency Infant Services of Tulsa
for many years and enjoyed sorting clothes, doing inventory, helping the
parents pick out items and Jean also maintained reports of donations.
Jean also knit many baby caps that were donated to the church and EIS.
She was awarded two honorary Jaycee awards, having participated in many
Jaycee activities with daughter Karen who remains active as a Junior Chamber
of Commerce International Vice President. Jean truly had a servant’s heart.
Jean was loved by all whose lives she touched. She was smart, funny, and
very involved with loving life and active until the end. Jean loved to
travel and traveled extensively across Canada and the U.S as well as an
extended trip to Scotland, France & England many years ago with daughter
Bea. The last several years she took some memorable trips. In 2012 Jean
and her daughters Heather and Karen took a two week tour of Nova Scotia,
Canada. Jean was able to show ‘the babies’ where she was born
and grew up, where they were born, where the family lived before moving
to the United States. The trip also included an amazing whale watching
excursion where they followed a pod of whales for over an hour who put
on quite a show and even swam under the boat. In 2013 Jean and son Ian
and daughter Karen flew to Seattle Washington to visit daughter Margo
and her husband John, and grandson Neal. Jean, Ian, Karen and Neal took
a side trip to Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria, British Columbia, where
they visited with granddaughter Crystal and great grandson Brady. After
Christmas 2013 Jean, Heather and Karen flew to Las Vegas to spend a week
with Daughter Margo and her husband John in Golden Valley Arizona. While
on this trip, Jean, Margo, Heather and Karen took an amazing trip to the
Grand Canyon West Rim, walked on the Skywalk over the Grand Canyon, and
Jean was presented a hand painted stone with a blessing from “Warrior”
Chief Stillstanding; Chief with the Hualapai tribe, wrote 96 years old
on the stone and Jean loved it. Jean traveled to Prince Edward Island
in August of this year for a family reunion and a celebration of her 97th
birthday and was surrounded by all her children and many adoring relatives.
Jean was the last remaining from her generation and was the beloved Matriarch
of the MacCannell family. Jean suffered a massive heart attack on Sunday,
Jean was alert and aware immediately after having stents put in, and was
able to speak to her sons David & Ian on the telephone the next day.
Jean passed at 6:22 am September 2nd with her daughters Bea, Heather and
Karen at her side. The family is eternally grateful to the incredible,
compassionate support from the amazing doctors, cardiovascular specialists,
ER Staff, and the ICU nurses and staff at Oklahoma State University Medical
Center in Tulsa. Jean was cremated per her wishes, and the family is very
appreciative of the way she was treated with dignity and respect. Thank
you to Marianna Blackwell and the staff at Butler-Stumpff Funeral Home
and Crematory in Tulsa for helping us.
Jean will be missed by many. She has been described by friends and family
as one of the remaining few who grew up with grace, etiquette and class;
intelligent, extraordinary, kind, lived life to the fullest, loved with
all her heart and the best mom, sister, mother-in-law, grandmother, great
grandmother, aunt, and friend any one could hope for. One of her last
statements was "I've had a wonderful life." She did, 97
years of it.
A memorial is being planned for 2015 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.