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May 30, 2023
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It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our mother, Grandma, Great Grandma (GG) on May 30, 2023, at Tudor House Personal Care Home.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband Noel, her brother Francis Benoit of Ste. Anne MB, her sister Irene Ross of Downey, California, and her brother Edward Benoit of Winnipeg.
She leaves behind her 6 children Dennis (Mary), Noel (Jeannine), Noella, Gerry (Lyn) Gilbert (Bev), Eileen; grandchildren Marleau (Natasha), Ted (Laurie), David (Sara), Nicole (Jim), Luke (Trina), Adam, Jeff (Ashley), Chris Pahl and 15 great grandchildren. Also, her sister Jean Joyce, sisters-in-law Betty Benoit, Merilda (DD) Belanger, Marie (Nicky) Lavallee, Lorraine Belanger and many nieces and nephews.
She was born and raised on a farm in Ste. Anne, MB. At age 17, she left home to teach in a one room schoolhouse in McMunn, MB. The only way to reach McMunn was by handrail. Her dream was to go to nursing school, but the war came, and they froze her position as a teacher. To attain her teaching certificate, she attended the Normal School Institute. After graduating she taught in Giroux, MB, then on to Selkirk to teach Jr High. She taught many a student in Selkirk and when you needed help, she was there for you.
Alice was the first women on town council in Selkirk, MB doing two terms. With six children at home and working as a substitute teacher she was one busy lady. Alice was very involved with Notre Dame Church. She became President of the local chapter of the Catholic Women’s League and did several terms. She was also on the CWL provincial council as secretary. Alice was a gold leaf member of the CWL and was honored with The Bellelle Guerin Award in 2017. She was a published author of four historical books based on our Catholic church. In 2008, Alice was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award by the City of Selkirk.
Alice and Noel purchased their cottage in Otter Falls, Whiteshell Provincial Park. There they spent many happy summers entertaining family and friends.
We wish to thank the staff of Tudor House Personal Care Home for their exceptional care of our mother. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Tudor House PCH.