MacKinnon, Jean (née Zarrelly)


To remember with love our Mother and Nanny, Jean MacKinnon (née Zarrelly), 96 who passed away on Monday, May 22, 2023 with her loving family by her side. Daughter of the late Elliot and Norma Zarrelly (née Robertson). Beloved wife of the late Ranold MacKinnon (1983). Loving mother of Ian of London, John (Nella) of Blezard Valley and Heather of Sudbury, predeceased by her sons Emerson (1980) and Wayne (2010). Sadly missed by her grandchildren Connor (Karley), Brett (Amanda) and Andrew. Dear sister of Olga Thrower (Ernie) of Welland. Jean grew up in Cape Breton. When she was 18, she moved to Ottawa and worked at the Department of National Defense before marrying Ranold in 1950 and settling in Sudbury.

 Jean loved to garden. She had a “green thumb” and took great pride in her garden. She also loved nature. Neighbours would often see Jean climbing the mountain in McCrea Heights with a basket for blueberries in one hand and a leash for her canine companion in the other. Jean will always be known for her kindness and quiet strength. She had a beaming smile for all. We cannot express how fortunate we were to have her as our mother and grandmother. Although our hearts are broken, we know she is at peace with loved ones who have gone before her.

A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for family. If desired, donations can be made directly to the Heart and Stroke foundation


2 Condolences

  1. Ian, John and Heather,
    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. It doesn’t matter how long we have had our parents with us or how old we are, losing them leaves a huge hole in our hearts and in our lives. May God bless all of you and may your mom rest in peace. Love and prayers being sent for you.

    By: Florence Pyne
    May 31, 2023
  2. Heather, John, and Ian, We are so sorry to learn of your moms’ passing. She was a big part of our childhood in the Heights and the best neighbour you could ever ask for. She was the lucky lotttery lady, always entering contests and winning. The single mom for the longest time raising all you kids, and doing a great job at it. The woman always picking blueberries. Most of all you would run into her on the bus and she always had time to chat. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Bruce and Allison Hughes

    By: G Allie Hughes
    May 27, 2023

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