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Born: Mar 16, 1942

Date of Passing: Oct 18, 2020

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March 16, 1942 - October 18, 2020

In company of her loving family, Lillian left us to pursue her well deserved eternal rest.
She leaves this world to join her husband Denys; parents, Albert and Ida Paquette; parents-in-law, Maurice and Jeanne Prud'homme; and niece Janine Groot.
She is survived by siblings, Fernande (Donald), Therese (Gabriel), Robert (Adrienne), Adrienne (Roy), Albert (Carlos), Marie-Paule, and Marie-Rose (Nick); brother-in-law Jean; sister-in-law Therese; numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins and many friends.
Lillian started her education at Ecole de l'Assomption in Transcona and graduated from l'Académie St. Joseph in St. Boniface. After obtaining her degree in education at the University of Manitoba she began her teaching career in Wawanesa after which she continued at Ecole Precieux Sang as a dedicated physics and chemistry teacher and librarian. She then obtained her Masters of Business Administration and became a stock broker and financial advisor for various investment firms.
Her love of gardening was a major component in her life, for which she won awards, namely, Winnipeg's Community in Bloom 2006 and the Curb Appeal Award 2011 as well as being featured in The Manitoba Gardener in 2008. She gained the admiration of many passersby with whom she shared her passion and developed new friendships.
Lillian looked forward to the symphony with Denys, theatre with her dear friends, dining and savouring a glass of fine wine with family and friends. Her culinary skills were also legendary.
Lillian was a person of strong character, meticulous, tenacious and tireless as well as generous and loving. She was always ready to welcome anyone into her home. She loved engaging in lively discussions on a variety of topics.
Et maintenant Lillian, repose toi bien et soit assurée, nous garderons que de bons souvenirs de toi.
The family wishes to thank the staff at ActionMarguerite St. Boniface, the home palliative care team, friends who visited Lillian at home and for all who offered moral support during her illness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to cancer research or charity of choice.
Due to covid, cremation has taken place and a celebration of Lillian's life will be held at a later date.

In my garden I grew many things, flowers, herbs, weeds, friendship, peace of mind,
but mostly love and kindness.

475 Provencher Blvd.,
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 24, 2020

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • My sympathy to the friends and family of Lillian. We first became friends at St, Paul's College and renewed our friendship at Precieux Sang. Later my husband, Andre, and I enjoyed many a meal and great discussions with Denys and Lillian. I still have some plants she gave me growing in my garden to remind me of her. I will miss her. Elizabeth (Betty) Lansard. - Posted by: Elizabeth Lansard (Friend) on: Oct 28, 2020

  • Elle fut une enseignante formidable sachant nous pousser au delà de ce qu’on croyait pouvoir faire. Elle le faisait avec passion tout en transmettant l’amour et l’intérêt pour les sciences à ses élèves. Je le sais je l’ai vécu. J’ai eu dans les dernières années la chance d’avoir quelques belles conversations avec elle dans son p’tit paradis de fleurs. Quelle dame! - Posted by: Paulette CarrièreDupont (Son élève de chimie) on: Oct 26, 2020

  • I was very disheartened to hear of Lillian’s passing. As a second cousin and later years acquaintance in our shared business activities, I was very fortunate to have crossed paths with her frequently. She has been greatly missed during these resent years of her illness. I would like to offer my deep condolences to Lillian's loving family. - Posted by: George Leger (Family relative.) on: Oct 26, 2020

  • Nous envoyons nos prières et sincères condoléances à Oncle Robert et toute la famille. Lillian était très spéciale et j’aurais aimé la connaître. Gros bisous, Michèle et famille (Edmonton AB). - Posted by: Michele Brubaker et famille (Niece of Robert Paquette) on: Oct 25, 2020

  • Je suis très triste d’apprendre du décès de chère Lillian. À l’École Précieux Sang durant ma première année d’enseignement, j’ai connu Lillian. Elle m’a prise sous son aile quand j’étais jeune, naïve et vulnérable dans la situation ou les élèves étaient nombreux, tellement grands et seulement quelques années plus jeunes que moi. Sans cérémonie je savais que Lillian m’offrait son amitié. Je n’oublirai jamais ton sourire même si c’est à travers mes larmes. Mes sincères condoléances à la famille. “Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack, a crack In everything . . . That’s how the light gets in “ Leonard Cohen Suzanne Gagnon - Posted by: Suzanne Gagnon (Friend ) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • My sympathy to all the family! - Posted by: Kathy veroneau (Friend) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • Thank you for being ever so inviting. To your family I send my condolences. - Posted by: Debbie and Jamila (Friend of her sister) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • Je connais la famille Paquette depuis plusieurs années. Nous sincères condoléances a toute la famille. Nous avons des beaux souvenirs de tous. Claude et Irene Martin - Posted by: Irene and Claude Martin (Friends) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • I was deeply saddened to hear of Lillian’s passing. I feel truly blessed to have been one of her students at Ecole Precieux Sang in the late sixties. Lilly, not that any of her students dared call her that to her face, was an inspiring science teacher. She instilled me with a love for science which I put to good use in my career as a forensic scientist. She was a demanding taskmaster, but was always thoughtful and fair. Her wonderful sense of humour and dry wit kept all of her students on their toes. I’m so thankful that after years of procrastinating I finally mustered up the courage to stop by to see her. We had a wonderful reunion and could have talked for hours. I consider Lillian one of my most influencial mentors and I told her so. I cherish my memories of her and will always remember her fondly. Frank Gregory Edmonton, AB - Posted by: Frank Gregory (Former student and friend) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • Je viens de souhaiter mes sincères condoléances à la famille Paquette. Nous sommes tous dans mes prières. - Posted by: Bernadette Normandeau (Cousin ) on: Oct 24, 2020

  • I have fond memories of her as my chemistry teacher at Precieux Sang. She was kind and would always go the extra mile to help a student. My deepest condolences to her family. - Posted by: Carole (Parent) Carlson (former student) on: Oct 24, 2020

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