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CATHERINE (NONOONSE) MALCOLM OZHAAWASHKO BINESHIIKWE (BLUE THUNDER BIRD WOMAN) -

Born: Mar 14, 1911

Date of Passing: Jun 11, 2004

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CATHERINE (NONOONSE) MALCOLM OZHAAWASHKO BINESHIIKWE (BLUE THUNDER BIRD WOMAN) 1911 - 2004 In the spirit of love and respect, our mother passed on in her own home on Friday, June 11, 2004 surrounded by family members and close friends. Our mom, Catherine, was born on March 14, 1911 on the Sandy Bay First Nation to Joe and Marie (Roulette) Spence. She married John Robert Malcolm on May 6, 1929. Mom was predeceased by our father in 1968; our sister Rita in 1940; our brother Patrick in 1970; her daughter-in-law Lillian; and our aunts and uncles, Alice Malcolm, Victoria Eastman, Helen Mousseau, Emily Desjarlais, Andrew Spence, David Spence, Bill Spence and George Spence. Mom is survived by her children, Marie (Dan Monkman), Rose Anna (Frank Desjarlais), Arthur (Marlene), Agnes, Andrew (Anne), Freda (Georgie Catcheway), Louis (Darlene), Suzette (Ronald Moar), Christopher (Theresa), Jeannie, Gary (Muriel), Patsy, Virginia (Michael Campbell), and Yvette (Erv Tycholis) special daughter-in-law Joyce Malcolm; and her younger sister Edna Richard. Mom raised several grandchildren including Blanche Ironstand, Cindy Malcolm, Jackie Malcolm, Maxine Roulette and Amanda Malcolm. Mom has served as an excellent role model, guide and advisor for her 16 children, 103 grandchildren, 257 great-grandchildren, 87 great-great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and other family members. Throughout her life, Mom was a renowned and respected teacher of Ojibway culture and traditions. She was featured in the National Film Board film - Nonoonse anishinabe ishichekewin ka kanawentank (1980) (Keeper of Anishinabe Traditions). She was a seamstress who spent many hours helping her children and grandchildren prepare ceremonial and pow-wow outfits. Mom also taught traditional Ojibway skills including maple sap gathering, beadwork, tanning hides, fishing, hunting, snaring, digging seneca roots, gathering traditional foods, preparing traditional recipes, giving traditional names and collecting herbal medicines - ancestral knowledge that had been passed down for many generations. Our mother and father raised us on a farm where Mom often helped with birthing calves. She loved wagon and sleigh rides, horseback riding, gardening, bingo, singing and playing her accordion. Mom was very talented musically and passed on her love of music to her children and grandchildren including the Mike Malcolm Band. Mom especially enjoyed camping where she would often share her wisdom, oral history, traditional stories and laughter with her extended family and friends. Mom was recognized by everyone who knew her as a woman of style and grace. The traditional wake will be held beside our mothers home on the Ebb and Flow First Nation. Prayers will be held each evening at 8:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Ebb and Flow on Tuesday, June 15 at 2:00 p.m. Fr. Dominique Kerbrat, O.M.I. will officiate with the interment to follow at the Ebb and Flow Cemetery. The pallbearers will be her grandsons, Arthur Malcolm, Bobby Malcolm, Byron, Malcolm, Carman Malcolm. Chris Malcolm Jr., Dwayne Malcolm, Grant Malcolm, Lee Malcolm, Marcel Malcolm, Sheldon Flett Malcolm, Elvis Pockett, Glen McAuley Jr., Norman Campbell and Wayne Desjarlais. Ste. Rose Memorial Chapel, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB in care of arrangements. (204) 447-2444.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 14, 2004

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