Jeannine passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 26, 2023, at the age of 93.
Jeannine was raised on a farm in the Webb District. She often shared memories of growing up in the depression era 1930’s, a small girl cooking meals for farm hands and going to school on a horse drawn buggy or sleigh.
After High School, Jeannine travelled to Moose Jaw. She worked at “Moose Jaw Light and Power”. There she met and married her first husband, Ross. The two had two boys, Scott and Kim. Jeannine was widowed at the young age of 29. To make ends meet she took in boarders and worked as a dental assistant. As a young single mom, Jeannine’s house was a welcome place for co-workers and neighbours. Full of lively conversation and laughter.
In 1965, Jeannine married Darrol Driver. The family moved to Regina and daughter Tara was born. Darrol, an agrologist and farmer, and Jeannine kept the family busy both in the city and at the farm near Osage. Winter months were filled watching curling, volunteering at church and chauffeuring the kids to their sports teams. Jeannine loved to entertain and socialize, especially during marathon bridge nights.
Always up for a new challenge, Jeannine enjoyed a successful “mid-life” career in real estate sales.
In retirement, she and Darrol travelled to Europe, Hawaii and the Southern States.
On Darrol’s passing Mom moved to Queen Victoria Estates in Regina and later to Preston Park 2 in Saskatoon. Up until her final days, she continued to play bridge, watch curling, football and baseball. She was an astute observer of politics and current events.
In her later years, Mom was able to make many new friends in both Regina and Saskatoon. Our family is extremely thankful to the staff of her “new homes” for the care – and kindness – she received.
She lived a full life.
Jeannine is predeceased by husbands, Ross Knechtel and Darrol Driver; loving daughter, Tara; parents, Archie and Florence; brothers, Blake and Dale; and her sister, Elaine. Mom is survived by her sons, Scott (Betty) and Kim; grandchildren, Jodie (Chris), Kelly (Chris), Mackenzie and Matthew; great grandson, Mason; as well as many nieces and nephews.
At Mom’s request, there will be no formal service. Interment to take place at a later date at Webb Cemetery.
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