Jolleen Raye Vance

14/10/1988 - 10/04/2021

Obituary For Jolleen Raye Vance

Jolleen was born in Surrey, B.C to her mother Tracy Vance on October 14, 1988 at 12:15pm.

Some childhood favorites that transpired through the years included writing, drawing, animals & playing dress up. Jolleen always kept a great sense of humor, and a laughable memory from her younger years would be a time that she put on granny panties 5x her size and chased her older sister up and down the aisles, saying “Hey you, get back here”.

With a wonderous imagination, she had a unique name for everything. Comical always, she called her sister Edwenna & herself of course, Gertrude. Into her early teens, Jojo's main focus was school, from which she later graduated in 2007. When not buried in her books she would spend time at the mall, outdoors, always around loved ones. From an early age she had endured many trials & tribulations fighting against all odds; it never hindered her from trying to help people. She contributed in many ways, donating to the poor, taking friends in, lending a helping hand. Jolleen understood people like no other. She held such a kind and compassionate heart; she'd never hold anger or speak ill of another. She had better ways to spend her time.

Sharp, bold, adventurous & spontaneous, Jolleen was quick to explore new things no matter how wild or tame, she was up for it. You could count on her for anything. A rare friend, a beautiful soul. Accepting people for who they are, she never tried to change them. Generous, though she struggled with a few demons she never lost sight of who she was or what she wanted. Although she struggled through a few years with addiction, she strived to have a better quality of life, and when she finally found sobriety she was so proud of herself. Who wouldn’t be! Jojo was truly an angel placed on earth and the world is at a loss without her. The light within her made it such a magical place for the brief time she was here.

In the last 9 months of her life Jolleen found Sobriety, she found true happiness and she found Christ. At first it was rocky, but she’s always been strong & didn’t give up. Her first time entering the church she wept so deeply, a relieving type of cry. She felt acceptance & peace.

Near her end days, Jolleen grew in her church attending every Sunday & her group meetings every Monday. She loved the fellowship & the welcoming presence. She worked at Le Chateau and she loved the fashion, styling customers and smiling faces.

She poured out love, she felt love, she felt peace & above all she knew the Lord.

May she rest easy and may we find clarity knowing she is rejoicing with the angels above, looking upon us.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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I remember we skipped high school one day and went over to the college an photo copied pictures of our butts. We always had a good laugh. Class was always funny with you around. I can still hear your laugh. May you rest in peace an rejoice in god. My deepest sympathys to your family.
- Marissa Proulx
Jolleen was a rare spirit. A giving and loving person. I am so thankful she found the Lord, and in him, peace and redemption. My deepest condolences to her family. She will be truly missed. -Stephen
- stephen svennes
So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. Jolleen will be watching over you and your family everyday.
- Cathy Mousseau
My love, eternity is yours with our father in heaven ❤ time to rejoice one day we will all be together again xO
- Tia
Rest with the angels now Jojo!
- Karen

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What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

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