Cramp, Catherine 'Jean'

1923-2023

Jean Cramp passed away peacefully at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre on Sunday, March 12, 2023, just shy of her 100th birthday.

Born in Euphrasia Township on March 18, 1923, Jean was the youngest daughter of Levi and Catherine (nee Lovatt) Pottage.  She is predeceased by her two brothers, Harvey and Ray Pottage and her twin sisters Mildred Wood and Audrey Bumstead.

Jean married Elwood Cramp in May, 1945.  She was the much-loved mother of six children, Joyce (Ron) Knight, Linda (Garry Kennedy), Wayne & Marjorie Cramp, Gayle (Peter McDonald), Debby (Len Falco) and Connie Caisse.  She was predeceased by her son, Garry Cramp. Jean will be dearly missed by her children, 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She and Elwood farmed on the Fourth Line of St. Vincent Township, raising cows, pigs, chickens and children.  Jean was a hard worker, she loved the Lord and made sure her children got to church every Sunday.

Jean loved to garden, do canning and freeze food from the garden for the family.  She loved to quilt and made sure every grandchild received one for their wedding gift.  She was famous for her chocolate cake cut in a star and her chocolate pie.

She has been a resident at the Meaford Long Term Care for 18 years and although her memory failed her, she had the most beautiful smile for the staff and visitors. Jean’s family express their gratitude for the care and compassion shown to their mother over the years.

Jean’s family will receive friends for visiting at the Church of Christ in Meaford on Thursday, March 16, 2023 from 11 until 12:30.  A funeral service will be conducted at the church at 12:30 with a reception following.  A private service of committal and interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.

As your expression of sympathy, donations to the Meaford Church of Christ, Meaford Nursing Home Auxiliary or the Meaford Hospital Auxiliary (Cheques Only For All Requested Charities Please) would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

Details

Thursday, March 16, 2023
Visiting at Meaford Chruch of Christ 11 until 12:30

Thursday, March 16, 2023 12:30 PM
Service at Meaford Church of Christ


Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Paul and Linda Gilmore
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    The angels wait no more, heaven has gained a beautiful soul. To all of you, Jean’s family, we send our love and prayers, may your treasured memories bring you comfort.

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  2. Yvonne camplin taylor
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    I will miss her beautiful smile.

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  3. Maryann Margaret Dinsmore
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    I remember Jean from working at MLTCC; she was a kind, gentle soul with a beautiful smile…all the time! May God comfort you all; you will miss her!

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  4. Bev and Gail Murray
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing and I am sure you have a lot of fond memories. I worked with your mom at Gardner’s in the fall and we had a great time.

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  5. Mary Ellen Kent
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    A life lived fully. I never knew the connection to one of my original neighbours, Audrey

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  6. Wayne and Marylyn Kipp
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    Heartfelt condolences to all the family; may wonderful memories uplift you during this difficult time.

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  7. Terry & Diane Haines
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    Our condolences to all the Cramp family. Cherish all you wonderful memories.

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  8. Sharon Woodhouse
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    To the Cramp family. I’m sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother. Jean was a kind and beautiful lady. Cherish your fond memories of good times together.

    Sharon Woodhouse

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  9. Cherie,Ron Murray
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    Though and prayers to Gayle and families threw this difficult time
    God bless one and all
    Cherie Ron Murray

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  10. Dennis an Brenda Ormsby
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    Our condolences to.the cramp family.Rip Catherine

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  11. Barb Ghanie
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    The nursing home won’t be the same without Jean. I looked forward to her smile everyday I worked. Condolences to her family.

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  12. Betty Hall
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    My condolences to the Cramp family. I never knew your mom but seeing her picture I really see Gail. The loss of a mother is difficult but her making it to almost 100 years old is such a blessing. Bless you all.

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  13. Nancy Jackson
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    Sending love and deepest sympathy to “ Grandma Jean’s “family. Our family will always remember the warm and welcoming visits with her and Elwood. We were always treated with love and kindness, as though one of her own children. A very, very special soul indeed! RIP dear Jean. ❤️
    Dave,Nancy, Phil

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  14. Jan Schultz
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    My sincere condolences to all of the Cramp family. I will always remember going to your house on Saturday nights so Dad and Elwood could watch wrestling. We had so much fun on those nights. Jean always made a delicious lunch. My thoughts are with you at
    this time.

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  15. Patricia McArthur
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    I only had the pleasure of meeting Jean four months ago.
    I am a Personal Support Worker at Meaford Long Term Care.
    Jean always had that nice little smile for all that came into her world.
    I helped her to get ready for bed that evening, before she went to Heaven.
    Am very honored that I could do that.
    My heart is heavy for all that loved her.
    My condolences to all.
    Love Patricia McArthur

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  16. Karen Harvey
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    Condolences to the family…memories are golden.

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  17. Al and Joan Smith
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    Our condolences to the entire Cramp family. I know you will have many fond memories of your mom/grandma.

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  18. Wayne and Jennifer Shortt-Button
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    With sympathies at this time to the family, thinking about all the family pray you all

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  19. Wilma Smith
    Monday, March 13, 2023

    May God bless you as you mourn the passing of your mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was such a gracious hostess. Her children are a beautiful reflection of her great example to them.

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  20. Tom and Verna Wilcox
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    Sincere condolences to the family

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  21. FERN PARK
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    MY CONDOLENCES TO THE CRAMP FAMILY. SHE HAD A BEAUTIFUL SMILE AND WILL BE MISSED. JEAN AND I STARTED SCHOOL TOGETHER AND I HAVE MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES.

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  22. Margaret Lowe
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    Jean helped my mom for several years and I had the pleasure of talking to her often when she was there. She was a lovely lady and my mom always looked forward to her arrival.My sincere condolences to all Jean’s family. You will have beautiful memories to share.

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  23. Dianne McDonald
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    To the Cramp family
    Cherish the memories and speak of her often.
    She will be missed but always loved.

    Dianne McDonald

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  24. Roy McDonald
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    To the Cramp family: may the Father of compassion and th God of all comfort bring comfort to you. Jean has blessed generations for 100 years “yet they are soon gone and we fly away”. Jean has been set free.

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    1. Joyce Knight
      Friday, March 17, 2023

      How very kind of you to remember MOM , Roy appreciate your kind words.

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  25. Karen Trusler
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    My sincerest condolences to the Cramp family. Jean was a wonderful neighbour for many years. I remember she would bring us a plate of baking every Christmas and she was an excellent baker. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

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  26. Tom & Lynn Carbert
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    Our condolences to all the Cramp family. I know that she was very much loved by all of you . Cherish all the wonderful memories.

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  27. Kathy (Boyle) Hall
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    I watched, learned and benefited from Aunt Jean’s gifts of kindness and hospitality, as did so many others. Her life was a blessing, her loss genuinely felt. What a sweet legacy she leaves! Praying for comfort for her beautiful family.

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  28. Susan & Joe Tuohy
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    Our thoughts are with all of you.
    After reading about your mom, I sure see who Gayle took after!
    Cherish your memories

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  29. Leone Allan
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    To the Cramp family
    Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

    Bob & Leone Allan

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  30. Lynn (Hodgkinson) Prentice
    Tuesday, March 14, 2023

    I would like to extend my sincere condolences to The Cramp Family. I have many fond memories of school days and sleep overs at their house with my best school days friend Gayle. But I knew everyone of the family. Jean will now be reunited with Elwood and Gary. My you all find comfort in all the many memories your family will share and treasure.

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  31. Marilyn Henning
    Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    Thinking of your whole family at this sad time. Her smiles, kindness, faith and everyday guidance will be remembered by so many of us whose lives she touched and her goodness lives on in you, her family. Take comfort in the knowledge that she is now at peace in a heavenly place.

    Mare

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  32. Fran Austin
    Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    My sincere sympathy to all of Jean’s family and friends. A life well-lived!

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  33. Shirley Keaveney
    Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    My sincerest condolences to the Cramp family. Jean and Elwood were wonderful neighbors when we lived on Parkview Avenue. The day we moved in beside them Jean came to the door with a delicious berry pie. I had no idea where the silverware was at that point. We didn`t hesitate to dive into the pie with our fingers. I still remember how yummy it was!

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    1. Joyce Knight
      Friday, March 17, 2023

      Loved your memory Shirley, thank you for your kind words.

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  34. David Sled
    Wednesday, March 15, 2023

    We offer our condolences to all the families.

    Sincerely,
    David and Kathy Sled

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  35. Marcia Cramp
    Thursday, March 16, 2023

    Auntie Jean was one of a kind. I have so many fond memories of playing at the farm. We enjoyed many delicious meals prepared by Auntie Jean and her desserts were amazing. Praying for peace and comfort for her family.

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    1. Joyce Knight
      Friday, March 17, 2023

      Thank you for your words Marcia, we had many good times and meals around the table with your family.
      Joyce

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  36. Elaine Robinson
    Friday, March 17, 2023

    I didn’t know Jean but reading over the condolences I wish I had. I did read the messages to see how many I would know and then connected with so many of the families. My sincerest sympathy on your loss but you have so many wonderful memories of a God loving mother, friend and neighbour you can Rejoice knowing that she is resting with the Lord.

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  37. Jori warren
    Friday, March 17, 2023

    So sorry to hear if your loss! I too read these thinking she must have been an amazing woman and mom! Sounds like she blessed many! Hugs and prayers to you all

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  38. Wendy ROGERS
    Saturday, March 18, 2023

    Our condolences to the Cramp family’s your mom certainly had that wonderful smile,cherish your memories.

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  39. Stan Hierons
    Sunday, March 19, 2023

    To Joyce and Wayne

    While I did not know your Mother, she must have been a wonderful person. Both of you,
    the only family members I knew, are great examples of her legacy.
    I think of you at this time.
    Stan H.

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    1. Joyce Knight
      Monday, March 20, 2023

      THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS STAN, SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON.

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  40. Helen Merrifield
    Sunday, March 19, 2023

    My sympathy to all the family. What a lovely long life well lived.

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