Germaine Julia Hughes
18/02/1957 - 12/02/2021
Obituary For Germaine Julia Hughes
February 18, 1957 – February 12, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we mournfully announce the unexpected passing of our daughter,
sibling, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and dear friend, Germaine, at the QE11 Hospital,
Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Germaine was born to Maurice and Helen Jean, on February 18, 1957 in St.
Paul Alberta. She was the second daughter and seventh child. Another sister joined the family almost two years later completing the Jean family. They lived on a farm in Lafond, Alberta and
went to school in St. Paul. You would always find Germaine beside her mother and that is where
she learned her structured life which included cooking, cleaning, gardening and caring for a
family. When her mom suddenly passed away when Germaine was sixteen, Germaine took over
running the household. When Germaine was nineteen, she moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta to
join her two sisters. At the age of twenty she met the love of her life, Rick, and at the age of
twenty-two they married and started their beautiful love story.
After they married, they welcomed their two daughters, Julie and Nicole. Throughout their marriage, they enjoyed several hobbies which included (but were not limited to): playing cards, camping, boating, baseball, and hockey, where they made so many dear friends and memories. However, all the memories that were made during family moments, were among her most treasured. In 1988, Germaine, Rick, and the girls moved to Peace River and took over the management of the Greyhound business. In1992 they welcomed their first and only son, Ryan, completing their beautiful family that Germaine doted on for many years. Germaine and the family moved back to Grande Prairie in 1998 and in January of 1999, Germaine started working with the Catholic School Board where she had a rewarding career as a speech and language assistant. In November 2002, Germaine and Rick's first grandchild, was born, granting them the official titles of “Meme and Papa.” Over the next nineteen years, they welcomed three more grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and a fifth grandchild coming July of 2021. All of these grandchildren enriched their lives and they made them better.
This is especially true for Germaine. Germaine loved her grandchildren more
than anything in the world, and no matter how she was feeling, would absolutely light up in their
presence. And as the saying goes, being a mom is great, but being a grandmother is priceless.
Germaine is predeceased by her parents, Maurice and Helen Jean and Claire Jean, wife of
her brother, Denis.
Germaine is survived by her husband, Rick Hughes; children, Julie (Riley)
Hughes/White, Nicole (David) Lock, Ryan (Chelsea) Hughes; grandchildren, Jaden, Kylie,
Zachary, Shani (Julie and Riley), Ashlyn, Olivia (Nicole and Dave), Everett (Ryan and Chelsea
[to be born July 2021]); siblings, Denis Jean, Emile (Angele) Jean, Conrad (Laurel) Jean (former
sister-in-law, Sheila Jean), Robert (Jeanne) Jean, Clement (Georgette) Jean, Lousie (Tom) Shaw
(former brother-in-law, Gerry Penner), Lucille Munro (former brother-in-law, Alan Munro); and
many, many nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces.
A Viewing for Germaine will take place on Friday, February 19th, 2021, at Bear Creek Funeral Home, 11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie from 2:00pm - 6:00pm. Due to COVID restrictions, it is necessary to phone Bear Creek at 780-830-7742 to arrange a time to attend the viewing.
A Memorial to celebrate Germaine will take place on Saturday, February 20th, 2021, at
Bear Creek Funeral Home, Grande Prairie at 11:00am. Due to COVID, attendance is limited to invited guests only, and the service will be livestreamed. Click link below to view livestream.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com
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