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Born: Aug 03, 1940
Date of Passing: May 06, 2022Offer Condolences or Memory
August 3, 1940 - May 6, 2022
Our mom Léona was a heart full of sunshine. She was thoughtful with her words, kind and generous. She carried herself with constant grace. Her beauty often compared to that of a great starlet.
Her love story with Neil Gaudry was an epic tale like no other. Always side by side, mom and dad lived life to the fullest. Whether it be work or play they were tireless. Always involved in the St. Boniface community to no end. From our beach life in St. Laurent to their travels abroad, life was spectacular.
Though how could it be that twice in a lifetime she had to endure loss so unimaginable. Our dad Neil passed away in 1999, then our brother Pete in 2001. We know her heart never healed though in true Léona fashion, she carried on for her children, Roger and Nicole. Thanks mom…we needed you.
Mom, it is impossible to summarize your life of grandeur. What you did, who you touched, the lady of great stature you became. From your penmanship to your knowledge. We have pictures to tell stories and your skilled written word to look back on. A quiet lady you had many layers to discover. Into your 60s you travelled with a group of Métis, along the Pembina Trail, camping outdoors for several days for the first time in your life. Well into your 70s you ensured that all holidays were still celebrated with style. You said to us on more than one occasion: "On a besoins de noël."
To the first woman I ever met, mom you are my treasure. The past 20 years or so with you were my pleasure, my fortune and so much more beyond words that a daughter could ever imagine. Roger too is at a loss for words. The bond of a first-born son was evident in your last days. You held his hand until your last breath. Léona Gloria Rainville Gaudry you radiated all that is good.
Now you are yesterday's loss, today's grief, we are not able to imagine the outcome of our tomorrows without you. Your love helped us walk through life. If only, darling mom we could turn back the years.
You will be the person Roger and I miss most in this lifetime.
Your hardworking hands served you well until you could no more. Now you must continue your journey with Dad and Pete. Someday we will see those sparkling blue eyes and know we are safe again.
Léona Gaudry's family invites everyone who wishes to do so to replace flowers by making a donation to the Centre Neil-Gaudry Centre, Saint Laurent, Manitoba, R0C 2S0.
Prayers will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Laurent Roman Catholic Church, St. Laurent, MB, followed by Funeral Liturgy starting at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Laurent Roman Catholic Cemetery.
"Quand j'aime…j'aime pour toujours."
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 11, 2022
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Bonjour Roger et Nicole…. I have just learned of the passing of your mom… Sincere condolences and sympathies… I only saw her a few times long ago but knew then, as I still do now, that she was a great lady and a proud Métis… - Posted by: Alain Bertrand (Friend) on: May 19, 2022
Chers Nicole et Roger ainsi que toute la famille de Léona, Nous vous offrons nos plus sincères sympathies pour la perte de votre maman qui était une voisine si gentille que nous apprécions beaucoup. Nous conservons de beaux souvenirs d'elle qui travaillait à genoux dans ses parterres de fleurs tous les étés. Il faisait bon de s'arrêter et de piquer une petite rasette avec elle! Nous vous souhaitons beaucoup de réconfort dans les beaux souvenirs que vous avez d'elle. - Posted by: Charlotte et Gordon Walkty (voisins pendant de nombreuses années sur la rue St Jean Baptiste) on: May 14, 2022
My sincere sympathy to Nicole, Roger, Emmanuel, Ida, Odile, and your extended families. Leona was my dearest friend, we grew up together and had many good times. Also, we shared our sad times. Leona was a wonderful classy lady. I will miss her. Rosalie Gulay (De Laronde) - Posted by: Rosalie Gulay (friend and cousin by marriage) on: May 12, 2022
My sympathies to you Roger and Nicole for the loss of your Mom and to Emmanuel, Ida and Odile for the loss of Leona and to your families also. This is such a sad time for all of us and we share your grief. I remember well the day Neil and Leona graduated from high school in the 1960's. Neil was the valedictorian and gave such a wonderful speech. There were 6 graduates that year. Mom made sure we attended the graduating ceremony, it was such a happy occasion for all. We will miss Leona. She was a very loving cousin and yes she always had a kind word for everyone. - Posted by: Claire (Cousin) on: May 11, 2022
J’ai eu le plaisir de connaître Léona lorsqu’elle était Voyageur Officiel avec son cher Neil. Elle était tellement chaleureuse, une femme de peu de mots mais beaucoup de cœur, et une femme de classe. Je n’ai que de bons souvenirs d’elle et de Neil. Mes sympathies les plus sincères à toute la famille. - Posted by: Suzanne Nolette (Amie) on: May 11, 2022
We extend our most sincere condolences to the whole Rainville family. Leona was a very loving and devoted lady who enjoyed her family and many friends. She has begun her celestial journey to be reunited with the love of her life, Neil and her dear son Pete. May her soul rest in peace. - Posted by: Claudette Moquin & Harm Bouwman (friends) on: May 11, 2022
Mes sincères condoléances à la famille, d'un michif dont mon père est né à Saint-Laurent, descendant des familles Desjarlais Chartand et Richard. Et il était ancient combatant dans la Deuzième Guerre Mondiale - Posted by: Jack Nobiss (Quelqu'un dont les racines sont à Saint-Laurent.) on: May 11, 2022
Remembering your wonderful mother Nicole and wishing you all our deepest sympathy. Sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Chantal and Edward Fortier (Friend) on: May 11, 2022
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