Julia Haydn-Jones

Obituary of Julia Anne Haydn-Jones

September 17, 1942 - Galveston, Texas, USA

May 27, 2024 - Calgary, Alberta


Julia Haydn-Jones died with literary flourish at the end of her beloved Cochrane and Redwood Meadows Book Club meeting on the evening of Monday, May 27, 2024, at the age of 81 years.

Born in Galveston, TX, to a US Army Captain and a librarian, she migrated to East Tawas, MI, while the war raged.

After attending Saint Mary's College in Raleigh, NC, Sheffield University in the UK, and the University of Michigan, she returned to England in 1964 to teach in the Bedfordshire primary school system. There she met theatrical Welsh fellow teacher, Cledwyn “Cled”, and they quickly discovered similar passions, with exploration and adventure leading them to Kyle, SK, Kindersley, SK, Lloydminster, AB, Ashmont, AB, and finally to Redwood Meadows, AB, where they settled in 1988.

Julia was an adept teacher of special needs and Indigenous children in Cochrane and Morley.

She was a passionate supporter of the arts, namely ballet, theatre, and classical music, herself being a clarinetist and pianist.

She was a devoted churchgoer and choir member at All Saints in Cochrane.

Education, adventure, books, world cultures, and horticultural delights revealed her many passions. She relished the annual Booker Shortlist and pushing Kingsley Amis.

Julia is survived by three children, three grandchildren, two sisters, and her husband Cled, who now resides at the Chinook Care Centre in Calgary. 

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Unicef Canada – Calgary Office, 1716 16 Avenue NW B001, Calgary, AB T2M 0L7. http://www.unicef.ca/en or to the Arthritis Society, Alberta Regional Office #1700, 393 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G 1E6 Telephone: 1-800-321-1433. info@ab.arthritis.ca.

"The Mountains shall bring Peace to the people."


Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with Julia’s family here.


In living memory of Julia Haydn-Jones, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Cochrane, 369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB T4C 2E2, Telephone: 403-932-4740.


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