OBITUARY

Lucienne Jeanne Augustine Guillemin

February 21, 1921March 16, 2021
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Lucienne (née Billard) Guillemin, passed away in her home on March 16, 2021.  Born in Paris, France, she made La Jolla her home since 1970.  She was raised by her maternal grandmother and was a long-standing member of the Scouts et Guides de France.  She obtained her diploma from secretarial school before the outbreak of the World War II, and spent the war years working for an architectural firm. During the German occupation of France, she took risks by sheltering Jewish families in her Lyon apartment.  She emigrated to Montréal, Canada, obtained her nursing diploma from the Université de Montréal, and worked in Hôpital Notre-Dame where she met Roger Guillemin, her patient and future husband.  She loved music and excelled at playing keyboard instruments. Later in life, she composed music, studied Chinese and Spanish, and became an accomplished pastel artist. She imparted to her loving children, grandchildren and great grandson her appreciation of art, music, languages, gardening, living with nature, and being kind to animals. She traveled worldwide and made yearly pilgrimages to her beloved France.  She enjoyed riding horses, camping and stargazing in the mountains of New Mexico.  In addition to raising six children in a loving household, Lucienne was a stable, unwavering support to Roger in his scientific career. She embodied grace, elegance, kindness and compassion. She will always be in our hearts.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

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  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

Memories

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Bertrand BLOCH

April 9, 2021

Cher Monsieur Guillemin,

Je viens d'apprendre par Christiane le décès de votre épouse. Je voulais vous dire ainsi qu'à tous les vôtres toutes mes pensées et ma tristesse. Je voulais vous dire que je partage ces moments avec vous et votre famille en gardant le souvenir si présent de la joie de vivre de Lucienne Guillemin et les plaisirs si subtils des moments partagés, y compris récemment lors de notre visite il y a deux ans à San Diego, avec vous deux et votre fille. Christine, mon épouse, se joint à moi dans ces moments

Avec mon respectueux souvenir

Bertrand Bloch

PATRICIA AUBANEL-RIEDEL

April 8, 2021

Very Dear Doctor Roger Guillemin, Claire, Helene, Chantal, Cecile, Elizabeth, Francoise.

From the moment I got the sad news I wanted to tell you that even if I met very few times with Lucienne I had a beautiful impression on how much joy she irradiated, how fresh her smile was, how kind delicate and beautiful person she was
The unique Lucienne rest in peace
My condolences to professor Dr Guillemin and to all of you with all respect
Dr Patricia Aubanel

Michèle Billard

April 6, 2021

Chère Lucienne,
J’ai toujours ressenti une immense fierté d’avoir fait partie de ta famille, de ta vie.

Déjà, toute petite, je faisais l’envie de mes copines quand je leur parlais de toi, qui vivait si loin. Tu jouissais d’une aura dont tu n’aurais jamais douté.

Plus tard, quand tu es arrivée à Montréal, j’étais tellement heureuse de te voir enfin en chair et en os. Tu as comblé toutes mes attentes.

Depuis, nous sommes toujours restées en contact avec parfois, de plus ou moins grands écarts de temps, mais toujours fidèles à Noël et aux anniversaires.

Cependant, nos rencontres les plus exaltantes se sont passées en France. Là, le titre de soeur prenait toute sa signification. Nous avons échangé des confidences et surtout beaucoup ri ensemble. Jamais je n’oublierai ces fous- rires interminables en visitant les catacombes, pendant notre séjour à l’hôtel Greuze à Tournus ou à une certaine pièce de théâtre particulièrement salée à Paris. Que de beaux souvenirs !

Tu laisses dans mon coeur un goût d’inachevé.

Merci pour tout ce que tu m’as offert, ta gentillesse, ton humour, ta générosité.

Repose-toi grande soeur, tu l’as bien mérité ! Avec toute mon affection,
Mimi (Billard)

Anne Hanneken

April 5, 2021

Lucienne was a treasure. We'll always remember her radiant, warm and beautiful smile. She was kind and gentle, and a wonderful cook as well. We enjoyed several meals at her home and ours, and marveled at her delicious homemade eggplant, which we shared with a fine bottle of Pinot Noir selected by Roger. Lucienne was blessed to have lived a glorious life of 100 years, surrounded by what matters most, her family and friends. Blessed lady, blessed life! We all loved Lucienne and her memory will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Anne Hanneken and Mike Dessert

Buford Nichols

April 5, 2021

A beautiful 100 years with history.
Good friends
Good family
Good art and music
Good hospitality
Good flowers
Good Home

Donald Yeckel

April 4, 2021

A great, great, lady has gone to her eternal reward.
Rest In Peace, Lucienne.

Rhonda, Rena,Veronica Padilla

March 30, 2021

Guillemin family, on behalf of the family of the late Rev. Alfredo and Theresa Padilla from Truchas NM. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences on the death of your wife, mother, grandmother. We have such fond memories of all of you when you spent the summertime in Truchas. May Lucienne now be at rest in the arms of our loving lord and savior.

Greg Lemke

March 25, 2021

What a long, adventurous, and joy-filled life the fantastic Lucienne led! She was so special. I still expect to see her very carefully choosing only the best vegetables, fruits, and flowers at the La Jolla farmers market on Sundays. Blessings to all the great Guillemins.
Greg

FROM THE FAMILY

Lucienne's Parents
Helene & Charles Billard
Wedding Day September 18, 1917

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Lucienne born in Paris, France

FROM THE FAMILY

Lucienne's Parents
Helene & Charles Billard
Wedding Day September 18, 1917

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Lucienne born in Paris, France

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Big sister, Charlotte, Lucienne & their mother, Helene
Paris, France

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Lucienne, mother Helene, Charlotte in field

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Helene & Charles Billard
Lucienne's parents

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Lucienne, their father Charles and Charlotte

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In Canada

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Charlotte & Lucienne 1924

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FROM THE FAMILY

Grandmother, Augustine
Who raised Lucienne & Charlotte