McLAY, M. Jean

McLAY, M. Jean – M. Jean McLay passed away at Lincourt Manor, St. Stephen, NB on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Jean was born in St. Stephen NB in 1934, daughter of the late Kenneth McLay and Marian MacGillivray.

  In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by her daughter Barbara Beck, brothers Bob McLay, Billy McLay, and sister Margaret McKeen.

  The eldest of five children she lived her early years in St. Andrews, NB where she graduated from Sir James Dunn Academy. Jean moved to St. Stephen, married and raised her family. She was employed at various jobs including being a telephone operator for the New Brunswick Telephone Company. In her later years Jean completed the Human Services Course at New Brunswick Community College in St. Andrews and was employed at the Fundy Regional Transition House in St. Stephen until her retirement.

  Jean maintained a strong religious faith and was a member of the New Life Christian Assembly in Old Ridge. She was a member of the St. Stephen Chapter #8 Order of Eastern Star. Jean cherished her time with friends and family.

  Jean is survived by her daughter Linda Betts (Gary) Bible Hill, NS, son John Beck (Bonnie) St. Stephen, NB, sister Norma Feeney (Donald), Fall River, NS. She was affectionately called Ga by her grandchildren John Betts, Ryan Betts (Vanessa), Patrick Beck (Samantha), Bryce Beck, great-grandchildren Sawyer and Remy Betts. Jean will also be missed by members of the McLay and Beck families.

  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

  For those who wish, donations can be made to the Diabetic Association, Fundy Regional Transition House or to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

  The family wishes to extend special thanks to staff at Lincourt Manor as well as the staff at McLay’s Oak Bay Haven for the compassionate care provided.

  Funeral arrangements in care of The S.O. Mehan & Son Funeral Home Ltd., 23 Main Street, St. Stephen, NB.