It is with immense sorrow that we announce the passing of Jean Cassells, age 88, on October 14th, 2019 in Brandon, Manitoba. She was born September 4th, 1931 in Greene County, Mississippi to Charles and Christine Wade. After early schooling in Sandhill, Mississippi, Jean graduated from Richton School in Richton, Mississippi, while working as a clerk at "Casey's". She then went on to study at Clarke Memorial College in Newton, Mississippi and Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.
While serving as a secretary at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois from 1952-1958, Jean earned her Bachelor of Religious Education degree at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1958, having already achieved her "Mrs." degree in 1956, when she married the love of her life, Samuel Herbert Cassells, in Chicago. She began a joint ministry with Herb at Stevenson Memorial in Victoria BC, later also ministering with him at: Emmanuel Baptist in Trail, BC; Crescent Heights Baptist in Medicine Hat, AB; First Baptist in Asquith, SK; and First Baptist in Neepawa MB, where she and Herb served the Lord together for 18 1/2 years. Jean has been a resident of Neepawa since 1977; the last 22 years of her life spent living "happily ever after" with Herb, in a home designed and built for her by her adoring husband.
Jean loved children, serving as a kindergarten teacher, Sunday school teacher, nursery class and church nursery volunteer. She was the mother of 4 children. Jean loved to crochet, and in later years kept her hands busy doting upon relatives, friends and church family members with her "jot note" greeting cards. She loved to read, enjoyed country drives, frequently challenged her husband to a "parlour game" of Scrabble, and tested her word power on daily crosswords. Jean was a dedicated prayer warrior, and a woman of great faith, often quoting Proverbs 3:5 ~ "Trust in the Lord with all your heart."
Jean is lovingly remembered by her adoring husband, Herb; Sisters: Annie Lois & Alma Jo; Children: Bryan (Carolyne), Rosemary (Gerald), John (Claudia), Sharon; Grandchildren: Janelle (Tim), Mitchell (Tess), Lance (Madison), Chelsea (Rainer), Spencer (Kayla), Bryce, Samuel, Elise, Matthew; Great-Grandchildren: Bent, Alec, Teal, Yehoshua. Jean is now joyfully reunited through Christ with her parents Christine and Charles, sisters Velma, Marie, Marilyn, Doris and brother "Buddy" (Robert) who all predeceased her.
Please join us in celebrating Jean's life on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 at 2 p.m. - First Baptist Church, Neepawa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor's charity of choice.
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