With heavy hearts, the family announce Jacquie died suddenly on January 11, 2022. (It was her wish that this announcement not use “passed” – an indication of her character and fierce desire to avoid euphemism.)

Jacquie was born on September 9, 1934 at Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, the only child of John Arthur (d. 1942) and Dorothy Roberta MacDougall (nee Laing; later Holt); d. 1981). At the time, her father was serving as a guide on the Bedaux Canadian Subarctic Expedition. Born RH positive, to her mother that was RH negative, Jacquie was later told that her life depended on a recent graduate from Edinburgh who performed the life-saving blood transfusion.

Raised from age 6 months in Peace River area, Montney and Hudson’s Hope, her father John died tragically when she was 5, and she later gained her adopted father Joe Holt at age 8 when he and her mother married. She attended Victoria High School, graduating with Class of ’55. She then studied Library Science at University of Michigan, receiving her BA and AMLS; upon graduating, she worked in the university’s Undergraduate Library. While in Ann Arbor, met fellow Canadian Arthur Thomas Storey (d. 1998); soon after completion of his Ph.D., they married and later returned to Ontario. They raised four children: Eric Edwin, Ian Arthur (d. 1968), Patricia Ann (Graham), and Lynne Alison, and Jacquie has watched with pride her two grandchildren, Evan Farquhar and Ian Thomas, grow into accomplished young men. The family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1977, and Jacquie returned to Victoria in 1988. It was here that she met her companion Ron Telfer, and his children Robin, Andrew, and Gillian.

Jacquie was an active, longstanding member of the University Women’s Club in Canada (North York, Etobicoke, Winnipeg) and American Association of University Women before that. Beginning in Winnipeg and then in Victoria, she was active in the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (CIIA). She was dedicated to community volunteerism and in particular, her role as driver where she learned so much about her adoring clients, forming lasting friendships.

A proud Canadian, Jacquie enjoyed travelling all provinces in Canada as well as abroad (India, South-East Asia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, United States, England, Scotland, Ireland and eastern Europe at the time of Glasnost). She preferred the path less travelled, to immerse herself as a keen guest rather than tourist, interested in how people lived; she would connect directly, bypassing the language barrier with a warm smile. As much as she loved people, she would say she loved animals almost as much (and with a grin, “perhaps even more” – especially her horses in early years and later dogs, with whom she socialized on daily walks throughout the Oak Bay neighborhood).

She kept her northern BC pioneer spirit throughout her life, even as she enjoyed the sophisticated city life and her love for symphony and theatre. Her passion was ignited when she embraced her heritage through Scottish Country Dancing.

With the many friends she made around the world, she kept in touch with her handwritten letters that those fortunate to receive would enjoy as if she was present and conversing over a cup of tea.

The family wishes to acknowledge with heartfelt thanks the exceptional medical care provided by the team of outstanding health professionals at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

In accordance with her wishes, her cremated remains will be buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Revelstoke. Due to current gathering restrictions, a service has been deferred for later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of her favoured causes: UNICEF, BC Children’s Hospital (Vancouver), Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Gordon and Meghan Willard

    Dear Eric, Patricia and Lynne;
    The Willard Family wish to extend our condolences on the death of your Mother. May her soul rest in peace, and her spirit continue to shine in you, and the generations to follow.

  • Sylvia and David Sinclair

    So sorry for your loss! She was a lovely lady and we spent many happy hours Scottish Country Dancing together. Sometimes we would meet in Monterey Center and have great chats. May she rest in peace!

  • Patrick Power

    What a beautiful life story. I had the good fortune of meeting Jacquie in Toronto when she’d visit to watch her grandson Ian play hockey – I was his coach. She always enjoyed the games so much and we all appreciated her loving support. RIP Jacquie and our sincere condolences to Eric and the kids, and the rest of the Storey family. /Coach Pat.

  • Siiri Ruccella

    Dear Eric, Patti, Lyanne!

    Those we love
    don’t go away,
    they wall beside us
    every day.
    Unseen, unheard,
    but always near,
    so loved, so missed,
    so very dear.
    Our sincerest sympathy and condolences to all of you and your families on the loss of mother and grandmother.

  • Lois Gass

    Thinking of the Storey Family at this time. Jacquie was such a joy to talk to. A truly wonderful lady. She will be so missed in our neighborhood.
    Sincerely – Lois and Gerry Gass.

  • Dave Pollock

    What an amazing woman Jacquie was to share as a 26 yr neighbour . Her well was deep – in sharing words and actions of kindness . Sage council or a firm debate , we were all privy to her amazing knowledge base and understanding. Her independence and spirit were treasures to witness. Her smile and birdsong voice will be missed by all. Eric , Patti, Lynne your loss is great, as your mother’s presence will continue to shore us up and spur our progression!

  • Fay Demedash

    Jacque lived a life few of us can imagine! I didn’t know her, but Lynne is a testament of her joy of life. My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Sandra Hamilton

    So sorry for your loss Lynne! That was amazing to read. Sounds like a woman always on the go….that must be where you get it from. Please take care and know I am thinking of you. Big hugs to you and your family.

  • Kris Vosper

    Lynne, so sorry for your loss! Your mother sounds like an amazing woman and I understand your love and devotion. Please take care of yourself and Robbie. Sending you the biggest hugs!!!

  • Basil McBeth

    Sorry to hear of Jacquie’s passing. Her mother and my Grandmother, Catherine Clarke were good friends and she spoke often of Jacqui’s although I never met her. She was very proud of her daughter.
    Condolences to all, from the McBeth family.

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