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PERREAULT, Emma (née Rodrigue)

November 29, 1931 — March 12, 2020

It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on Thursday afternoon, March 12th, in Kelowna, BC. She will be deeply missed by her five children: Elaine O’Brien (Roger), Yvette Muller (Ben Koops), Louise Moreau (Paul), Ray (Michelle), and John (Kathy); her 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Emma is also survived by sisters-in-law Rose Gagnon and Yvonne Grenier and brother-in-law, Larry Perreault. Mom also leaves behind countless nieces and nephews on both sides of the family who thought highly of their ma tante.

Emma was the youngest child and last surviving member of the Rodrigue children. Mom was born and raised in St. Boniface and attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate. She enjoyed a happy childhood and often spoke lovingly of her mother Georgette (née Pearson) and father Zotique. Mom had a close relationship with her brothers, sisters, in-laws and all of their families. Sadly for Mom, both of her parents passed away within months of each other in 1952. As a young mother of a one year old, Mom was quick to develop her maternal skills and by the age of 27 had four more healthy babies to love. Right up to the end of her life, the touch or caress of a baby brought such joy to Mom.

At the age of 18, Emma married the love of her life, “her Johnny” on December 3, 1949 and they remained devoted to each other for over 64 years until Johnny’s passing in 2013. Mom and Dad began their life together in Old St. Boniface, staying close to their family roots. Mom was a founding member of the North St. Boniface Council created to improve an area that, at the time, was lacking in quality infrastructure by the politicians of the day. As for business sense, Mom was the catalyst to helping Dad see his dream of opening up a successful welding & manufacturing business, St. Boniface Welding.

Mom was a devoted wife, a wonderful mother, a loving grandmother, a kind sister and a devoted friend. She had boundless energy and a strong work ethic. She was a very independent woman who loved to read, follow politics and get involved in helping others. One of the things we’ll remember most about Mom is her love of a good laugh. She had an infectious laugh and loved to bring joy to others. Mom also loved to sing, play cards (and cheat a little), and play the piano. In the latter years, Mom enjoyed passing the time playing bingo or going to the casino. Mom did not shy away from expressing her delight at winning as a burst of laughter would come from the bingo table or slot machine whenever lady luck shone upon Mom, big or small.

Mom was a kind and gentle woman who was not afraid to offer her help in the service of others. She had a dream of one day becoming a nurse. She kept that promise to herself and at the age of 50, enrolled in the Red River College program to upgrade her high school skills. Proudly, Mom graduated as an LPN from St. Boniface General Hospital at the age of 52.  Mom was and continues to be an inspiration to many of her family members and colleagues.

After graduation, Mom and Dad moved to Kelowna, or God’s Country as dad called it, where Mom accepted a nursing position at Kelowna General Hospital until the age of 68. Even in her 80’s Mom cared for Dad during the last five years of his life.

Mom was a life-long learner. When computers became en vogue, Mom took to learning how to use the operating tools, email, graduated to Skype, and then learned how to research. Mom enjoyed researching both the Perreault and Rodrigue genealogies. In between, Dad and Mom enjoyed travelling in Canada and the USA in their motor home or with their time share. Mom also loved to visit Puerto Escondido, Mexico where she lounged away hours in the swimming pool. In the last few years Mom faced her failing eyesight with determination, a sense of independence and bravery.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Brandt’s Creek Mews for their kindness and the exceptional care they gave our mother on a daily basis. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of Emma’s life will be held at a later date in Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to either the Canadian Alzheimer Society, alzheimer.ca or the CNIB, www.cnib.ca.

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  • Sheila Markham says:

    My deepest sympathies to all of Emma’s wonderful family. I was so saddened to see her obituary notice! She was such a sweetheart and became such a wonderful and close friend since Ron and I had moved in as their neighbours in 2007. We had wonderful memories of fun times with them. Ron passed in the November of 2012 and John in Match just a few months later. Emma and I so appreciated having each other during those very sad times. Any time I came up to the Okanagan since relocating back to Victoria in 2013 to be nearer my own family; I always made a point of visiting Emma wherever she was and always enjoyed those visits! Thanks so much for including Ron and myself back in the day in many of your family get together and celebrations. You are a great family and I cannot find the words to express how very sorry I am for all of you. I know each and every one oft out however will have wonderful memories of such a truly great and caring lady!
    Love to you all , Sheila Markham

  • William Moreau says:

    Deepest condolences from the Moreau family in Edmonton . Every time I encountered Emma, she greeted me with a smile and always engaged me in conversation. I know Emma will be missed, but I also know that she has left a legacy that her family can be proud of and can continue to live out.

    Bill Moreau, youngest brother of Paul Moreau.

    • Yvette Muller says:

      Dear Janice, thank you so much for the kind words and remembering my parents when we lived on Notre Dame St. We had a great neighborhood with such wonderful families all around. Appreciate you taking the time to share your memories with us. Hugs Yvette and Ben

  • Janice Hoger (Rees) says:

    I’m very sorry to read in the Free Press of the loss of your Mom.
    I remember your parents well from their days on Notre Dame Street.
    It was nice to read about their happy fulfilling life since that time.
    My deepest sympathy on your loss.

  • Jacquie Rasmussen (Arnal) says:

    Sending sincerest of condolences to you all..Emma and I graduatedSr. Boniface LPN school together in 1984! What a precious soul…we were even roommates for a short time!! I will always have very fond memories of her. ❤️❤️❤️

  • Terry Kneller says:

    We were very sad to hear of my Aunt Emma’s passing. What a lovely lady. She always had a smile on her face and her laugh was very contagious. We would like to send our condolences to her family,…. what a legacy! Our deepest sympathy from Dave Terry Kneller and family.

  • Dan and Louise McDonald says:

    Our deepest condolences to all your family, she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a very caring and thoughtful person.
    The McDonald family

  • Rose Marie Gagnon says:

    My condolences to the family. My Mom, Rose Gagnon (nee Perreault) enjoyed being around them and spoke of them often with love. This is a beautiful write up of a wonderful lady and her family. I know she will be missed.

  • RON PERREAULT says:

    Deepest Condolences to the family Guy Lorraine and Ron wpg Mb . We will miss Ma tante Emma it was always a great time when we were all together and also enjoyed their visits when they would come in from kelowna for a visit… And of course when I Ron was a young boy at the time I can still remember Ma tante would ask me to sing Crystal Chandelier from Charley Pride and then she would give me a little cash if I completed the song lol Well Ma tane some day we will all make it there in the heaven of the Crystal Chandelier and I will sing it for you again “No charge ” By for now ox

  • Yvette Muller says:

    Oh and Ron don’t forget when I babysat the three of you wonderful kids, got your pj’s on and before bed after our coca cola ice cream floats, it was a requirement before bed to sing to me ! Thank you for your kind words and thoughtfulness. Really appreciate it during this difficult time. Hugs, Ben and Yvette

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