October 25, 1949 – August 3, 2019
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that th family of Patricia Jurivee (nee Mainville) of Couchiching First Nation announce her sudden passing at the young age of 69 on Saturday August 3 at La Verendrye Hospital. She passed peacefully after her valiant battle with illness and was surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Patricia was pre deceased by her parents Betty and Walter as well as her beloved daughter Tammy Lyon, sister Diana and brother Dale.
She leaves behind her much loved son Adam Lyon and her soul mate husband Thomas. She is also survived by sisters Debbie and Angela, brothers Dennis, John and Richard as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Patricia grew up on Couchiching First Nation, living with her Grandparents and enjoyed life fully during this time. She later moved to International Falls, Chicago and finally back to International Falls. It is there that she met her husband Tom and move back to Fort Frances with him.
Due to her husband’s work, they moved to Kenora in 1989 and this led to an exciting and accomplished new opportunity for Patricia. She decided to return to school in spite of age, working hard to graduate near the top of her class in the Social Services Program at Confederation College. Upon graduating, she became a highly respected counsellor at Clarrisa Manor Women’s Recovery Home until the family moved to Thunder Bay in 1993 to pursue new opportunities.
Patricia’s career flourished and excelled there as she started a position of counsellor at Beendigen Women’s Crisis Shelter. She quickly worked her way up to Executive Director of the organization until her retirement in 2013. Among her many accomplishments before retiring were creating a new and modern facility for Beendigen, establishing a housing program for clients, creating a call help line for abused women in Northwestern Ontario and appearing in both Parliament and the Ontario Legislature fighting for the rights of indigenous women.
In 2014, Patricia was selected as one of the forty most influential feminists in Northwestern Ontario and was featured in a book reflecting this honour.
The family moved back to Couchiching in 2016 upon her husband’s retirement bringing their journey together full circle. At this time Patricia devoted much of her time rediscovering her faith, A regular member of Our Lady Of Lourdes Church, Patricia became an active member of the Catholic Women’s League. Her faith was very important to her and provided peace and solace during her illness.
The family would like to give thanks to her doctors and nurses (Kowal, Chan, Anthes and 1st floor nursing staff) for the incredible love and care they showed to Patricia. Special thanks to Father Alan Alabo, the Catholic Women’s League and the members of Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
In addition we would like to thank all of the active pallbearers- Danny Mainville, Blake Mainville, Shane Guimond, Josh Wright, Glenn Warner, Peter Shadboldt and honorary pallbearers - Colleen Perreault, Kathy Perreault, Marcella Mainville, Myra Mainville, Ella Andra Warner, Leona Shadboldt.
We would also like to give special and heart felt thanks to her cousin Colleen Perrault who was more like a sister to Patricia as well as her best friend. Colleen helped us care for Patricia in the final weeks making herself available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Without her help we could not have given Patricia the care she deserved.
Funeral services were held at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church on August 7 and interment is at Forest Hills Cemetery on August 20.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Church or The Canadian Cancer Society.
Patricia wanted everyone to honour her life not dwell on her death. The world is definitely a less kind place now with the loss of her - her kind eyes and smile that could light up a room. That is what Patricia wants you to remember.
- Prayer Service Tuesday, August 6, 2019
- Funeral Mass Wednesday, August 7, 2019
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August 6, 2019
My sincere condolences to Tom, Adam and the family. Patricia was a great lady, and will truly be missed. My prayers and thoughts are with you all in this difficult time.
Sincerely Kelly, Boomer and Ryan
August 6, 2019
My sister, my friend. You didn't ask much in your short life with me, only that l love, only that l live life to my fullest potential. I have, but as memories flow, so do my tears. Our last conversation a month ago, you asked "are you going to be okay". Still the big sister. I will be 'okay'. Love you, always have, always will. Your sister babe. Angie. RIP Patty Girl. 💕