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Born: Oct 15, 1966

Date of Passing: Dec 29, 2021

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Paulette Marie Huggins, on December 29, 2021, at St. Boniface Hospital.
She was predeceased by her father, Henry Gauthier. Paulette will continue to be loved and remembered by her husband of 34 years, Gary Huggins and their daughters, Gabrielle (Dexter and baby), Sara (Scott) and Marissa. She will also be missed by her mother, Evelyne Gauthier, brother Robert Gauthier (Joanne, Alyssa and Cayla) and many close friends and family members.
Paulette was born in Winnipeg on October 15, 1966 at the Misericordia Hospital. She married her beloved husband Gary on May 30, 1987 and they settled in St. Vital where they raised their three girls. Paulette and Gary enjoyed spending time at the lake together, hiking, kayaking, and travelling with their girls. Mom will always be remembered for her quick wit, her sense of adventure, and her commitment and devotion to her family.
Paulette took on many roles in her 34 years as an educator, starting as a classroom teacher then obtaining her Post Baccalaureate and working in Special Education before moving into educational leadership. Paulette was a pillar in the French Immersion community and was known for her spirit as a lifelong learner. She will be greatly missed by the community at Ecole JB Mitchell School where she was the principal for seven years.
The family would like to acknowledge the phenomenal care and compassion provided by the staff on CR5 and the Acute Cardiac Care Unit at St. Boniface Hospital.
Due to current restrictions, a private service is to be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cardiac Sciences Manitoba.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 08, 2022

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • C'est vraiment avec une énorme tristesse que j'ai appris le décès de Mme Paulette. J'aimerais souhaiter mes sincères condoléances à sa famille ainsi qu'à tout le staff de JB Mitchell. Vraiment, elle était une dame avec un bon cœur et très respectueuse. À Dieu Mme Paulette. Tano - Posted by: Tano Angora (Direction / enseignant) on: Aug 14, 2022

  • I knew Paulette as Madame Huggins while a student at École Victoria-Albert School. She was so kind, approachable and dedicated to the students of many backgrounds. A true pillar in the school and the community. I miss her dearly and wish all the best to her family during this difficult time. - Posted by: Avinashpall Singh (Former Student) on: Jan 17, 2022

  • Paulette was full of life and laughter. Her sense of humour was contagious. I felt happy when she was around. She was a caring and compassionate friend and a dedicated educator. Her spirit is with us. Many hugs to her family. - Posted by: Marilyn Bergen (friend) on: Jan 13, 2022

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family of my fellow parishioner and parish supporter Jim Gauthier at this very sad time. - Posted by: Philip (Worships at Holy Rosary Parish) on: Jan 10, 2022

  • I couldn’t be more shocked to hear this very sad news. My heart breaks for your family and friends Paulette. Though we had lost touch over the years, you were never forgotten and often on my mind. Garry I am so very sorry for your loss. How do you go on when you lose the love of your life? Mme Gauthier, I pray you find the strength to see you through this tragic time. Although I never met your daughters Paulette I have enjoyed the photos and memories you have shared on Facebook over the years. My heart aches for everyone. Godspeed my dear friend! Hugs to all of you. - Posted by: Louise Skowron (Old friend) on: Jan 10, 2022

  • I am so sorry to hear of Paulette's sudden passing. My heart goes out to you and your beautiful daughters Gary as I know how tight knit your family is even just by being your insurance girl. I can only imagine how many people are hurting by this loss as Paulette was such a beautiful person inside and out. - Posted by: Tiana McRedmond (Their insurance girl) on: Jan 10, 2022

  • How can one possibly forget Paulette's kindness and her signature laugh? She has opened many doors for our autistic child William - we will forever be grateful. We are so sorry for your loss Gary, both you and Paulette mean so much to our family, and we are honoured to be acquainted with you two. Love, Luu & Lian - Posted by: Luu and Lian (Student Parents/Business Associate) on: Jan 10, 2022

  • We are very sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful friend. Paulette was so full of adventure. She will be missed greatly by the community and her many friends and family. Shane and Jennifer - Posted by: Shane (Friend ) on: Jan 09, 2022

  • As a former colleague of Paulette Huggins, I extend my condolences to her family and to the staff at her school. Paulette was a devoted educator. She brought energy, enthusiasm and an optimistic outlook to any task set before her. May she rest in peace. - Posted by: Donald Teel (colleague) on: Jan 09, 2022

  • I am so sorry for your loss Evelyne. Mes sincères sympathies à la famille. My prayers are with you. - Posted by: Monique Desmarais (Acquaintance to her mother and father) on: Jan 09, 2022

  • We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, may our God give you strength to keep the journey going 🙏 - Posted by: Ralph & Carmela Masi (Friends) on: Jan 09, 2022

  • Mes condoléances à la famille. J'ai eu Mme Higgins comme enseignante en 2ième année et je me souviens qu'elle était une enseignante gentille et empathique. - Posted by: Laura (Former Student) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • So sorry to hear about Paulette. Gary sorry for your loss. We just heard about Paulette - Posted by: Dennis and Antoinette Huggins (Uncle and Aunt ) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • Gary and family, I am so terribly sorry for the loss of your beloved Paulette. My heart is with you all at this most sorrowful time. God bless you all - Posted by: Eileen Huggins (cousin) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • We are so sad for Huggins family as Paulette was taken from them way too soon. We only had a chance to meet her once, but we look upon it as a gift. Because never meeting would have been a travesty, for anyone. Sending love. - Posted by: Sharon & Rob Duncan (Acquaintance ) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • I am so sorry for your loss Gary, my prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: RiChard Moquin (Friend ) on: Jan 08, 2022

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