April 5, 1940 – February 24, 2022
Born at Vancouver, BC to Dorothy and Thomas Jones Died at Nanaimo, BC, peacefully, of natural causes.
Predeceased by husband, Norman Chubby (died 2012) and brother Barry Jones. Survived by children Shelley Jones, Steve Chubby, Gord (and Shannon) Chubby, Bernadette Chubby, and grandchildren Jodi, Mitchell, Dallas, Natasha, and Shakira, great-grandchildren Jaidyn and Alexis, and brothers Dan and Terry Jones.
A celebration of life will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, we would ask that donations be made to the BC Foster Parents Association in the name of Maureen and Norman Chubby.
Maureen’s sense of fun and her inclination to find humour in almost any situation (even not the most appropriate) brought much laughter and lightness to the world. She was most happy when surrounded by family and friends and especially enjoyed the chaos of kids running amok. The house on 14th Avenue in Vancouver was a happy hub of neighbourhood children, chocolate chip cookies, and mothers with coffee laughing around the kitchen island.
Maureen shared the love of children with her late husband, Norm, evidenced by the gentle care they provided to many foster children over decades. Maureen’s world was filled with music; the house was rarely quiet and she wasn’t shy with the volume, especially if she suspected that anyone may have been partying a bit too much the night before.
Even in the final years of her life, music infused her with energy, memories, and joy: her fingers and toes tapping with the beat, her eyes, sparkling, her whole face, smiling.
Maureen was always baking something: shortbread cookies, butter tarts, and pies. Especially those pies made from the apples from the tree in the back of the house on Cilaire Drive, Nanaimo, many donated to the Salvation Army, and others given to friends, neighbours, family members: “Take a pie!”
Maureen was always prepared to provide a “safe place” for anyone who needed it. Over the years, many individuals who were experiencing a rough patch in their lives were welcomed into her home unconditionally and stayed until they were ready to venture out again.
Maureen and her mom (Dorothy) spoke every day on the phone until Dorothy died. They shared the events of the day and made plans for upcoming visits and family events. Like Dorothy, Maureen was a fierce supporter of her family, and was always at the ready to help in any way she could. Hers were the loudest cheers from the sidelines, but she directed the spotlight away from herself to celebrate others.
Maureen did some travelling – Hawaii, Alaska, California, England and Spain, as well as a few cross-Canada road trips in the camper – and approached new places and experiences with a sense of excitement. Yet, she could be equally excited by a win by the Canucks.
Maureen – laughing, dancing, cheering, baking, chasing children, giving, caring, loving – you will be (and already are) missed so deeply, by so many. Obituary-
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