Jeanne Slemon-Froud

Jeanne Slemon-Froud

1925 - 2024

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Obituary of Jeanne Slemon-Froud

Ruth Jeanne Slemon-Froud passed peacefully surrounded by her children at Chartwell Oshawa on Thursday Jan 11, 2023.


Born in Kenora Ontario, February 24, 1925 as the second of three children, Jeanne’s  parents were Margaret Benner Thompson (Cross) and James Richard (Jim)Thompson. Margaret was born in Grand Forks ND and Jim was born in Niagara Falls.  


Her eldest sibling James Benner Thompson, was born June 1923 and deceased 2022. Her younger brother, John Richard (Jack) was born 1931, and is still happily married to Jane (Van Buren)


First Husband was Keith Willam Slemon. They met  while Jeanne worked as a nurse and Keith was in residence to become a doctor. She remembered him because of his squeaky shoes. Married June 28th, (on Keith’s birthday) in 1947, Jeanne  lived a very successful life in Bowmanville. Jeanne and Keith  raised four children; Virginia Lee (Ginny), Laurel Jan (Laurie), Paul Matthew and Keith Mark (Mark). Jeanne and Keith enjoyed many friends. Jeanne designed and built a home on what is now Bowmanville Ave. Jeanne played tennis and badminton and bridge with fierce determination. She and Keith travelled extensively and Jeanne was a huge attraction with her auburn hair in China in the 70’s. 


Jeanne’s entrepreneurial spirit drove her to open and run a successful interior design  centre called The Wild Oak in Oshawa. She thoroughly enjoyed planning and designing living spaces.


Jeanne also performed and soloed in the annual Bowmanville “Cornz-a-Poppin” reviews. She was a lifelong member of the Trinity United Church of Bowmanville, and participated in bridge clubs, and the Jack and Jill  Club all the  while raising four demanding children. 


After Keith passed in 1992, Jeanne married John (Jack) Froud and they lived a loving life for 22 more years. They travelled extensively including to the Kentucky Derby, regularly to Florida and on several big band cruises where they danced the night away.Jack passed in late 2018. 


Jeanne, now "Jana" to 4 Children, 9 Grand-children, and 9 Great-grand Children, has been surrounded by friends and family for her later years.. Her mind and memory never faltered or weakened over 99 years of life.  A beacon of light for the Slemon family, she will always be remembered for her style and grace.


The family will hold a private celebration of life later in the year.


No flowers please. Any donations should be made to the Marigold Hospice.