Jessie Henderson Fennell

Jessie  Henderson Fennell

Jessie Henderson Fennell passed away at home with her family at her side, Tuesday Sept. 18, 2012.

Jessie was born Aug. 9, 1920 in Clydebank, Scotland to Patrick and Isabella Clayton. The family immigrated to Canada in 1925 to Vancouver, B.C., relocating to Trail, B.C. in 1926. Later, in Trail she met and married Sidney and moved to Kaslo, B.C. where their first child was born. They then moved back to Trail where their 2 daughters were born. Jessie then remained there for the rest of her life. During the World War II years, Jessie worked in the heavy water plant at Cominco.

Jessie is pre-deceased by her husband Sidney, her parents, 2 sisters, Mattie Gach & Betty Connell, 1 brother Bill and her grandson Matthew Sawchenko. She is survived by her son Pat (Penny) daughters Beverly Williams (Elmer) and Linda Sawchenko. Also survived by her loving grandchildren Christy Fennell, Trevor Fennell (Samantha), Takaia Larsen-Benbow ( Jeremiah), Erik Larsen, Stephanie Larsen (Danny Teece), Chelsey Casler (Jacob), Kirk Sawchenko (Parker), Ryan Sawchenko, Teresa Iorio, and her great grandchildren Paige and Grayden Fennell, Molly, Kullen, Ivy and River Benbow, Silas Teece, and Matty Iorio-Sawchenko. She is also survived by her brothers Thomas (Marg) Clayton, Wayne (Betty) Clayton and their families, and Step-daughter Sue (Pat) Blake and their families.

Jessie was a devoted mother and “Nana” to all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be sadly missed by all. She loved travelling covering many trips overseas and around North America. She was a long- time supporter of the Trail Junior Smoke Eaters and the Trail Smoke Eaters hockey teams, and enjoyed a trip around Europe with the 1961 Smoke Eaters. She was also an avid patron of the Trail Transit System.

Jessie lived in Sunningdale for 59 years and had many gatherings at her home, and everyone particularly enjoyed her sausage rolls and butter tarts.

Cremation has taken place. A “Celebration of Life” gathering will be held Monday, Sept. 24th at 1:00pm at the Trail Legion. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Jessie’s memory to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Health Foundation-Medical Unit at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, B.C. V1R 4M1 or online at

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