1945 - 2020
Wilma Jean Bullock, beloved wife of the late Ken Bullock, passed away in Taber on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the age of 74 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Monday, January 27, 2020 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service was held at the Taber Civic Centre, 4720 - 50 Street, Taber on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. A private burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Jean leaves to mourn her two daughters Audrey (Brian) Gavlas of Saskatoon and their children CJ and Parker; Kendra (Richard) Merkl of Taber and their children Mayson, Broc (Jill) and Reese. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law Ken Christensen and Garold (Margaret) Bullock; sisters-in-law Joan Burge, Diane (Leo) Layton and Elaine Wilkes as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband Ken Bullock; son Curtis Bullock; mother Ella Burge; sisters Judy Christensen and Donna Hall; brother Bill Burge.
Jean was born in Athabasca living in many locations during her formative years before settling in Taber. She graduated from high school and immediately began her life long career at the Taber Times. She appeared to have worked every job at the Taber Times, starting as a type setter and eventually found her most fulfilling position in advertising. She enjoyed working with the staff and clients so much that even at retirement after forty seven years, she went back and picked up contract work.
Jean loved and promoted the Town of Taber. Through the years in advertising she built a network of relationships with the entire Taber community. Local businesses would see her coming with her clip board and knew they had to pull out their cheque books. They couldn’t say no to Jean. Jean had a tireless commitment to her work and her community. She loved her town and believed that everyone should ‘Shop Local’.
Jean chaired and volunteered for many committees that promoted and enhanced the town. Taber Chamber of Commerce, Cornfest, Taber Police Commission and Handi-Bus are just a few examples of her dedication. She also loved to socialize and belonged to groups such as Toastmasters, TOPS and the local bowling league. Jean was a positive role model in the community which resulted in her being recognized as Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1992 and was honored with the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II - Golden Jubilee Medal.
Most importantly was her commitment to her family. She organized and attended all family reunions, all family functions and activities. Jean was also an athlete and loved playing for the Hanzel’s Short Stops. In her later years she took much pleasure in watching her grandchildren on a soccer pitch, ball diamond, volleyball court and hockey rink. You knew she was there by her unique whistle and her hoot and holler.
Jean will be remembered for her competitive card playing, her love of coffee, her infectious laugh and her love for community, family and her loyal friends.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Jean’s name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 www.tdhf.ca.