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RITA OLIVE BOULET (VERRIER)
Born: Nov 10, 1938
Date of Passing: Feb 07, 2023Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
RITA OLIVE BOULET
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister, Rita Olive Boulet (née Verrier), at the young age of 84 years, in the early afternoon on Tuesday, February 7, 2023.
She was predeceased by her husband of 41 years, Raymond Boulet, on November 12, 2000, and by her parents, Maria (Fisette) and Joseph Wilbrod Verrier, by her six sisters: Marguerite Laurin, Thérèse Richard, Alice Fournier, Yvonne Gosselin, Hélène Bédard, and Pauline Piché, and by her four brothers: Edmond, Eugène, Joe, and Paul Verrier, along with numerous sisters and brothers-in-law. Rita will be sadly missed by her four children: Victor (Lise Brodeur), Agnès (Patrick/Pitou) Johnson, Joël, and Réal (Jacky Cremers), 12 grandchildren: Daniel, Stéphan, Christine, Mathieu, André, Joseph, Philipe, Brigitte, Leo, Ida, Amy and Armand, as well as 10 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, along with her three sisters, Marie Duclos, Cécile Arnal and Claudette Bisson, her brother Pierre Verrier, and numerous sisters and brothers-inlaw, and her special friend Doreen.
Mom was born in Steinbach, MB, on November 10, 1938, spending her childhood on the Verrier family dairy farm in La Broquerie, MB. She was the 10th girl of 15 children learning to milk cows, plowing the fields with a team of horses and even repairing a shingled roof at a young age. She was a hard working woman driving grain trucks and many other types of farm equipment. After moving to Winnipeg in her late teens, she worked in the kitchen for the St. Mary's Academy and later at The Bay's St. Vital restaurant. After moving her young family to Lorette, MB in 1964, she became involved with the Catholic Women's League, was a great caregiver for both Mémères Verrier and Boulet, and worked for Child and Family Services. She was a good mother, wife, and grandmother. She had great faith and believed in family prayers. She became a self-taught barber, hairdresser, seamstress, and did many crochet and embroidery projects and loved to cook and bake. She could turn any meal into a feast, and nothing ever went to waste. Wholesome foods and French-Canadian cuisine were her passion, including Saskatoon pie, tourtière and her famous deviled eggs to name a few. She always had a treat to offer all her guests. She was always well dressed, a meticulous homemaker and everything had its place. Mom loved country music, singing old tunes, dancing to a good polka or waltz with Dad, making jokes and enjoying her beer. She loved nature, birds, flowers, and houseplants. She observed the calendar moons to help predict the weather, good hunting and fishing, the best time for haircuts and when to plant the garden.
Many thanks to the personnel at the Villa Youville in Ste. Anne, MB, in particular: Yann Boissonneault, Nicole Trudeau, Rita and Guy (Day Program), Sara Trudeau (Pavillon and Home Care staff), Sister Irène Rioux. We also wish to thank the Ste. Anne, Bethesda and St. Boniface Hospitals and ER staff, Dr. Paul deMoissac, Alyena Fredette, Dr. K. Zeid, Father Kevin Lereh Nkengfua, MSsCC, and all those who offered prayers, phone calls/texts or visited Mom in the hospital, bringing gifts, soup or dainties.
Catholic Funeral Mass to take place on Saturday, February 18 , 2023 at 11:00 a.m., with rosary at 10:30 a.m. and eulogy to follow at the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Parish in Lorette, MB with Father Armand Le Gal O.M.I. presiding.
"When the Lord saw her weaken,
he came to embrace;
to show her the way to a better place."
"Love you Mom, miss you;
until we meet again."
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 11, 2023
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Nos sincères condoléances à la famille Boulet au sujet de leur chère mère et grand-mère. Irène Bohémier et John Coutts - Posted by: Irène Bohémier (Friend ) on: Feb 26, 2023
Our condolences to uncle Pierre and aunts Claudette, Cecile and Marie and the Boulet family on the loss of Rita. We enjoyed our visits with her when my parents Therese and George Richard would travel from Red Lake Road, Ontario to La Broquerie to see family. We will miss her. Louis (nephew) and Jean Richard Calgary, AB - Posted by: Louis Richard (Nephew ) on: Feb 16, 2023
Sincere condolences to Ma Tante’s family and friends. My heart ❤️ aches for you as you mourn Ma Tante’s passing. She was always smiling, loving 🥰, kind & I always loved spending time with her when we visited our grandparents. She always had time to chat even when the house 🏡 was full of relatives. When I travelled from B.C. she was always one of my Ma Tante’s & Mon Oncle’s who made time to get together for a meal before I proceeded to visit my parents in N.W. Ontario. I appreciated that so much. We always had fun during this time besides delicious food. Will always miss & love ❤️ Ma Tante! - Posted by: Georgette Kerswell (née Richard) (Niece ) on: Feb 13, 2023
Mom, les petits oiseaux sont venus chanter. Love you; miss you. - Posted by: Agnès Johnson (Daughter) on: Feb 11, 2023
I would like to send my sympathy to the family. - Posted by: Roger Simard (Friend of the family) on: Feb 11, 2023
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