JONES, Heather Rae (nee Franklin)

August 5, 1976 – July 2, 2015

Heather Jones passed away on July 2, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, just shy of her 39th birthday, and she was born in Edmonton, Alberta on August 5, 1976. Heather was a bright light in all the lives that she touched. Funny and kind, talented and inspiring, gentle but strong, Heather was an amazingly beautiful person inside and out. She had a special gift for horticulture which she shared with the love of her life, Gavin. They were a perfect match in every way.
Heather was predeceased by her grandparents; Gordon and Rachel Mann, Cecil and Louella Franklin, as well as her Uncle; Ronald Mann. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Gavin, Mother; Andrea, Father and Step Mother; Wayne and Linda; Sisters Erin (Andrew) and Lesley (Chris); Step Brothers; Jason (Jenn) and Ian; Mother and Father in Law; Charlie and Sheila, Sister in Law Jayne Anne (Rachael and Daniel). As well as her Aunts, Uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

You were brave, and fought so hard to stay with us. We will miss you desperately and will never forget you. We are heartbroken that we were unable to spend more time with you, but are relieved that you are safe and at peace. We love you Heather.

A Celebration of Heather’s Life will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, (corner of Hwy 22 and George Fox Trail, Cochrane, AB) on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. with interment to follow at the Cochrane Cemetery.

If friends so desire, Memorial Tributes in Heather’s Memory may be made to a local charity of one’s choice or plant a tree somewhere in her honour.

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  1. On 06/07/2015 at 7:10 am Sheila Easton Said:

    I am so sorry to learn of Heather’s passing. I worked with Heather at Branched Out Nursery – we will certainly miss her pleasant personality and her abundance of horticulture knowledge. My most sincere condolences to Gavin and all the family.

  2. On 06/07/2015 at 9:03 am Mary Wales Said:

    Erin, Andrew and family I am so sorry for you all that Heather has passed. From the stories I have heard of her she sounded like an amazing person. Remember the good times with her.

  3. On 06/07/2015 at 1:28 pm Carol Parkin Said:

    Heather was a bright light in our church. Her faith helped her endure the tough battle she fought with so much grace.
    We will miss you, Heather.

  4. On 07/07/2015 at 6:26 am SVEND AND DOLLY Said:

    Gavin, our sincerest sympathy to you. Heather was a wonderful person inside and out.We did not know either of you very well, but will never forget the kindness shown to us by both of you.

  5. On 07/07/2015 at 5:47 pm Kathy Neil Said:

    This is a loss we didn’t see coming. However, Heather was introduced to us as “an angel” and indeed she is. We will miss her earthly presence deeply. With love and condolences to all of her family, Kathy

  6. On 07/07/2015 at 6:57 pm Connie Taillon Said:

    Dear Gavin and family. I have prayed for Heather so much these past months as she battled cancer. My own daughter was in the same battle and my sympathy goes out to Heathers parents who must be heartbroken. Heather really was a shining light and she left her mark on people as well as landscapes! We will miss her smile and her cheerful presence in our neighbourhood. Sadly I can’t attend her memorial service because I am at the bedside of my sister in Saskatchewan who is very ill. I am praying for you all this week.

  7. On 07/07/2015 at 7:46 pm Faye & Kenzie MacLeod Said:

    Sincere sympathy to Gavin and family. So sorry for your loss.

  8. On 07/07/2015 at 11:51 pm Tricia and Tim Said:

    Tim and I had the pleasure of working with Heather 20 years ago at Revy in Calgary. She was simply a “good”person. Always willing to give a hand. Quick to learn and an absolute joy to be around. Things were always better when Heather was around. After Tim and I left the lumber yard as we called it, it was funny to learn that my Mom’s step daughter was Heathers Aunt!! We had no idea at the time when we worked side by side. It was nice to hear up dates about her over the years from Phylis and Ron, then when you guys met my Mom Dolly and her husband Svend. All I heard was about this amazing young man she had met and was head over heals in love with. That put smiles on our faces since no one deserved it more then her. We thought of her often. Then we heard of her ensuing battle… We prayed for her. Talked of her great spirit that had touched us so many years ago. I am so sad for you. A bright light in the world was extinguished much too soon. But I KNOW she made the world a better place her time with us. We have not seen her since the Revy days. But look how she touched our lives!! I can only imagine the many many other people that feel the same way. I hope that gives you a small bit of comfort during this terrible time. God never makes mistakes. It’s hard to believe it now but it’s true. Truly our most sincerest sympathies, Tricia Peloquin and Tim Mascarenhas

  9. On 08/07/2015 at 5:44 am Karen & Colin Dingwall Said:

    My son Colin worked for Heather last summer and inspired in him a love for gardening.

    Our sincere condolences.

    Karen & Colin Dingwall

  10. On 08/07/2015 at 6:56 am Jim Chiapelone Said:

    Dear Gavin, I’m so sorry for the news of Heather’s passing… Wishing feelings of healing, strength and understanding to you, my friend. I’m sorry I am unable to be there on Friday, I’ll be with you in spirit brother.

  11. On 08/07/2015 at 7:27 am Sharon Skappak Said:

    Heather was a gentle soul and a “good” person! I was so blessed to get to know Heather–she had a way of touching your heart with her quiet, shy personality. She looked after my yard for the past few years and this year although she couldn’t work in the yard–planted my birdbath with a beautiful arrangement, which I touch each day and send a special prayer her way. I know there are angels and Heather will be a beautiful one.
    Gavin and Andrea- my heart goes out to you for your loss–and I pray that time will heal.
    To all of the family and close friends that Heather had, thoughts and prayers go out.
    Heather – we stayed in touch during this very tough time and my message to you was “Stay Strong and Live in Sunshine” You are beautiful and strong and your spirit and soul will always be in the sunshine! Farewell my little friend!

  12. On 08/07/2015 at 8:44 am Bill & Myrna Hargrave Said:

    Dear Gavin, we are so sorry for your very great loss. Heather was a sweet, gentle, cheerful and courageous person and we feel privileged to have known her. We know she walks in the Light and knows no pain or sadness anymore. Her faith was a beacon for us all. We will remember you in prayer as you go through this time of loss.

  13. On 09/07/2015 at 12:37 am karen and paul Said:

    Gavin and her family, her friends and colleagues all will have the wonderful memories of a young women with integrity, spirit and love. We cannot forget her strong, intelligent ways, she will be sorely missed. Our family was touched by her in many ways. She was loved by all.

  14. On 10/07/2015 at 6:27 am Robert and Brenda Yskes Said:

    Dear Gavin, we are so sorry for your loss, our heart breaks for you. Heather was an amazing woman; and I(Brenda) had the great opportunity to get to know her in many aspects. She has taught me the love of gardening; to take on new projects and to have no fear. She shared with me so much of her horticultural knowledge and now I am honored to carry this on. Remember that Heather is celebrating, rejoicing, she is HAPPY and has no more pain. May this be your comfort that she is with the Lord.

  15. On 10/07/2015 at 8:04 am Jim & Liz Dielessen Said:

    Dear Gavin, Andrea & Family,

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved wife, daughter and sister.

  16. On 10/07/2015 at 9:11 am Evelyne Nyairo Said:

    Gavin and family I am so sorry of your loss.
    What a beautiful soul you were. You understood my garden like nobody else will ever do. Sad I can’t spend anymore time with you but was happy was able to have tea together. The apple you planted for my daughter will always remind me of you. You blossoming in heaven. I love you


  17. On 10/07/2015 at 9:15 am Evelyne Nyairo Said:

    Gavin and family I am so sorry of your loss.
    What a beautiful soul you were. You understood my garden like nobody else will ever do. But really it is conversation we had and your love for others which you radiated that I will miss the most. Sad I can’t spend anymore time with you but was happy was able to have tea with you. I shall keep the promise of our conversation.The apple you planted for my daughter will always remind me of you. You are blossoming in heaven. I love you


  18. On 11/07/2015 at 7:53 am Sarah Mac Isaac Said:

    Dear Gavin, Andrea, Erin and Lesley,

    May you find strength and support from family and friends during this heartbreaking time. It is with great sadness Andrea, that I offer my sincere condolences.

    Sarah Mac Isaac

  19. On 12/07/2015 at 8:04 pm Debra Reeve Said:

    Dear Gavin,
    I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Heather. I know how much you loved her and the life you shared together. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and family.
    Hugs to you.

  20. On 14/07/2015 at 3:15 am Julia Lenaghan Said:

    So very sorry to hear of your wife’s passing Gavin.

  21. On 20/07/2015 at 9:49 am Barbara Kam Said:


    I am sorry for your loss. Heather generously shared her garden/business process info with me when we were both figuring out how to do business. It was comforting to both of us to compare notes. We had not kept touch these past few years, but I was just searching for her to touch base and found this notice. My heart aches for you.