France Anne Lemay

July 11, 1926October 11, 2018
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France Lemay (née Vermette) 1926 - 2018 Peacefully and surrounded by her family, France Anne Lemay passed away on October 11, 2018 at the age of 92. France will be lovingly remembered by her husband Emilien (Frenchie) Sibilleau of Tyndall (MB), with whom she happily shared her last eight years. Also to cherish her memory are her children: Michelle (Tony), Janine (Harry), Paulette (Denis), Roland (Patricia), Jacqueline (Darcy), 18 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as Emilien’s two daughters Diane and Corinne (Martin) and his two grandchildren. She was predeceased by her first husband of 59 years, Pierre Lemay, her parents Philomene (nee Gladu) and Augustin Vermette, her in-laws Blanche (nee Provencher) and Arthur Lemay and her siblings Augustine, Jean-Marie, Elise, Toussaint (Ted), Lucien, Irene, Estelle, Donat, and Antoine, and her son-in-law Dr. Cary Lam. We will remember Mom for her ‘joie de vivre’, her love of family, culture and the French language. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, weaving and outdoor activities. She was proud of and inspired by her Métis heritage and her great uncle Louis Riel. She volunteered her leadership skills to different organizations that reflected her values. France was a fun, feisty, fearless, faith and family-oriented, formidable woman. Her love of nature was highlighted by the most spectacular Manitoba sunset moments before her passing. The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Boniface Hospital and also the Misericordia Health Centre for the compassionate comfort care provided to our dear mother. Viewing will take place at 10:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at the St. Boniface Cathedral on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Métis Historical Society, 67 Richfield avenue Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2R9 or to a charity of your choice.


  • Viewing Friday, October 19, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, October 19, 2018

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Jacqueline Lemay

November 14, 2018

Ecrit le 11 mai, 1997 pour la Fete des Meres,

Pour Mom,
Je pense beaucoup a toi, surtout durant la semaine de la Fete des Meres.
Je me rappel de mes souvenirs d'enfances et comme j'ai ete chanceuse.
Et, je pense au futur en differentes circonstances.
Voici quelques examples qui me vienne a l'idee et qui me font chaud au coeur:
- Etant petite fille, je me souvient des poupees que tu faisait pour moi avec le visage broder.
- Les chausettes tricoter.
- Un rentrant a la maison apres l'ecole, tu m'accueillait toujours en disant..."There she is".
- Arroser ton jardin et nos petits coups de vin.
- Priere a genoux le soir et les bons dejeuner au matin (crepes, cereal chaud, pemmican).
- Lire les feuilles de the au fond de ma tasse et d'amuser a predire mon futur.

Aujourd'hui je t'admire comme toujours. Tu est aussi belle et devouer qu'avant. Parfois par ma fenetre je te vois passer et je pause un moment simplement pour te regarder avec des sentiments d'amour.
Meme chose quand on est ensemble a la messe. Assit a cote de toi dans le banc, je ferme mes yeux et c'est comme si je suis re-devenue enfant. Quand j'ouvre mes yeux, d'un cote je vois mes parents, et de l'autre cote, mes propres enfants. C'est une minute magique pour moi.
Je veut te dire MERCI Maman. Merci de m'avoir assez aimer pour pas prendre de medicament durant ta grossesse, afin que je puisse etre nee en bonne sante, avec deux bras et deux jambes. Ma vie aura ete tres different autrement.
MERCI Maman d'etre tellement bonne Grand-Mere pour mes enfants, tu est la MEILLEURE,
De ta fille, Jacqueline xox

Gary Carr

October 16, 2018

My most sincere condolences to France’s family and close friends. I had the pleasure of living with Pierre and France in 1982 when I was enrolled in full time French language immersion. France and her entire family became a beacon to me while I lived many miles from my family. France was always busy making extremely early breakfasts and dinners which were out of this world and introduced me to French/metis food including my first supper of rabbit! Her grandchildren at that time were great teachers to me. France was a caring, loving and dedicated mother and grandmother who will be missed. Merci France , for just being you. Gary