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LUCILLE RITA ST. HILAIRE (RIVARD)
Born: Mar 19, 1930
Date of Passing: May 05, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
LUCILLE RITA ST. HILAIRE
1930 - 2021
Lucille St. Hilaire passed away peacefully at Actionmarguerite St. Vital Personal Care Home on May 5, 2021, at the age of 91, after many years of suffering from dementia.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Marcelle (Denis), Ray (Barb), Rob, Annette (Sepp), Marie (Andy) and Carol (Norm). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Noelle, Marianne, Brigette, Christine, Ray Jr., Mandy, Jamie, Ryan, Jeremy, Genevieve, Adam and Eric and by her many great-grandchildren.
Lucille was predeceased by her loving spouse Noel, of 68 years (2016), her sisters, Lea, Doris and Therese, and her brothers, Albert and Ernest. She also leaves to mourn her passing her brother Marcel (Pat), sister Evelyne (Ben) and sister-in-law Diane.
Lucille was born March 19, 1930, in St. Elizabeth, Manitoba, the fourth child of Hermine Rivard (Malo) and Alfred Rivard's family of eight children. She grew up into a beautiful, lively and outgoing country girl who loved to sing and dance. Years later, she would talk her husband into taking ballroom dancing lessons at the Y and then square dancing with her friends at the seniors club when they retired. Mum was always singing a song while she worked, whether it was Doris Day's "Que Sera Sera", Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" or something country-western. She also took great pleasure in singing in the church choir at Paroisse Saints-Martyrs Canadiens on Sundays.
In 1947, at the young age of 17, with her bright red lipstick and a twinkle in her eye, Lucille made her way to the big city of Winnipeg. She soon found a job at Misericordia Hospital as a switchboard operator where she met the love of her life, 17 year old Noel. He was a slim and serious city slicker from St. Boniface who worked at the hospital as a power engineer-in-training. They were so in love that they decided to secretly elope at the tender age of 18 without their parents' consent. From that moment on they were inseparable, sharing all of life's ups and downs together and celebrating 68 happy years of anniversaries and birthdays with relatives and friends.
Lucille was born to be a homemaker since she adored babies, was a great cook and loved taking care of her family. So you can imagine her joy and excitement when her six children blessed her with 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She loved and cherished each one of them. The grandkids will always remember the special times they shared with Grandma at the cottage at Albert Beach, especially the yummy crepes, crispy bacon and chicken noodle soup she lovingly prepared for them.
Her kind and gentle nurturing disposition led her to care for animals as well as people so she surrounded the children with a menagerie of goldfish, cats and kittens, hamsters and even a warren of rabbits in the backyard as the family continued to grow over the years. Coming from a farm background and being a practical person, Mum loved to garden and see plants grow and with Noel made sure that the vegetable garden was filled to the brim every summer with peas, beans and carrots and big patches of raspberries, strawberries and rhubarb.
Mum had a deep faith in God and a lifelong devotion to the Virgin Mary, believing strongly in the power of prayer, especially the rosary when confronted by problems in everyday life. She passed those values on to her family.
When Dad retired at the early age of 53, Lucille and Noel finally had a bit of time to relax and enjoy some leisure activities, so they embarked on a project together that would keep them occupied for the next 30 years: building a cottage at Albert Beach with a vegetable garden for Lucille, and a flower garden for Noel. They danced up a storm at the weekly seniors square dancing club and became active members of Club Vive la Joie where they participated in bingos, cribbage tournaments, and craft sales. Mum loved to play games, was an avid card and bingo player, and took great pride in winning many trophies in cribbage tournaments with Dad as her partner.
The family would like to thank all the amazing staff at Action Marguerite St. Vital for their excellent care of Lucille over the past six and a half years.
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated in honour of Lucille at the Catholic Church she attended much of her life.
475 Provencher Blvd.
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 08, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you Marie and your family at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Maureen Schenkeveld (Friend of Marie) on: May 11, 2021
Carol, So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing, my thoughts are with you at this time. - Posted by: Louise Willison (Past co-worker of Carol) on: May 08, 2021
My sincere sympathy to Lucille and Noël’s family. Raynald St-Hilaire - Posted by: Raynald (Ray) St-Hilaire (First cousin to Lucille’s husband Noël) on: May 08, 2021
My condolences to all the family. May she rest in peace! - Posted by: Janine St.Hilaire (Cousin) on: May 08, 2021
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