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MacKINNON, Jean (nee Zarrelly)

May 22, 2023 96


To remember with love our Mother and Nanny, Jean MacKinnon (nee 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 (nee 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 the family.

If desired, donations can be made directly to the Heart and Stroke foundation Arrangements have been entrusted with Ranger’s Cremation and Burial Services Ltd. Online condolences can be posted at

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Provided by: Ranger's Cremation and Burial Services Ltd.

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