In profound gratitude for a life, long and well lived, we are nonetheless saddened to announce the death of our Mother, Mary Gladys Lapierre (nee Downey) on December 8, 2018 at the Pembroke Regional Hospital.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Bert (1979), her son David (1981), her daughter Laurie (1984), son Christopher (2005) and son Wayne (2015). She was also predeceased by her parents Edward Downey and Ida Perrault, her brother Edgar, sister in law Agnes; step-brothers Tommy, Clarence and his wife Veronica Gavin; stepsisters Beatrice, her husband Charles Riddle and Vera; stepbrothers Roy and Andrew MacDonald, his wife Theresa Sullivan and stepsister Sister Ida (Cecil MacDonald CSJ).
Mary is survived by her children Msgr. Michael, Victoria, B.C., Neil (Shelly) Chapeau, Que., Barbara (Ken Lovely) Pembroke, Ont., Paul (Pam) Roland, Manitoba, daughter-in-law Gloria (late Wayne), Winnipeg, Manitoba and her sister Hazel McGuire (late Philip).
She is also survived by her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and their spouses and by many relatives and friends.
Mary had a long, productive and fulfilling life. She spoke her mind freely and truthfully, never to hurt or put down but to correct and improve and set things straight. She was generous accepting and above all great fun. She was a kind and generous woman, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was an excellent cook, a master quilter and a whiz with knitting needles and a crochet hook. She loved life and made the best of whatever came her way. She was more than any of us could be, or hope to be. She was truly the woman of Proverbs.31:10-31
Abundant thanks to the many friends and neighbours who accompanied her through the gracious but declining years. She delighted in your presence, conversation and gatherings.
Special thank you to all those who so generously gave of your time and support to Mother especially after she gave up driving. She considered you her lifeline to the world of Church, shopping and social events. She was truly grateful for every act of kindness you extended to her. You made her life more enjoyable, more fun, and worth living.
Friends are invited to share their memories of Mary with her family during visitation at the Hayes Funeral Home, 56 rue St. Jacques, Chapeau, Quebec from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Alphonsus Church Chapeau, PQ on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 11 a.m. Her son Msgr. Michael Lapierre will be the officiant. Interment in the Parish Cemetery. Light lunch to follow at Harrington Community Centre.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of your choice.