July 25, 1952 – December 7, 2019
MICHÈLE CHRISTINE ANDERSON
On December 7, 2019, Michèle died with family by her side, at the age of 67, in the same unit of the Foyer Valade nursing home in which she worked as a Registered Nurse, until struck down by Parkinson’s disease at age 47.
Michèle will be very much missed and devotedly remembered by her cherished husband and lifelong soulmate Tom; mother Christine; children Natalie Blerot (Terry), Sheila Vick (Steve), Emily Alderson (Andrew), and Tommy Anderson (Sarah); grandchildren Eric, Jacques, Geneviève, Elsie, Archie, Charlotte, Sally, Duncan, and Zoë. Also mourning her loss are her siblings; Danielle (James), Guy (Janet), Marcel (Jean), Mona (Dave), Mario (Rhonda), Juliette (Armand), Joël; in-laws Ron, Cheryl (Terry), Ian (Jan), Cindy, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her father Arthur, brother Jacques (Teresa), mother-in-law Ruth, and sister-in-law Ellie.
Born on July 25, 1952 to parents Arthur and Christine, Michèle was the eldest of nine children. She was raised in St. Lazare, Manitoba, later moving to Winnipeg where she briefly worked for Immigration Canada (where she met her husband Tom). Michèle was not afraid of challenges, and later in life, while raising three children, she pursued her true calling by studying to be a Registered Nurse. She wrote her final nursing exam the day before the birth of her fourth child. Michèle worked as a well-respected and dedicated nurse until being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1999.
Michèle was a caregiver by nature, at home and at work, always putting others’ needs ahead of her own, even throughout her struggles with Parkinson’s. Her family fondly remembers the Sunday gatherings she hosted and the meals she so effortlessly put together. Michèle settled for nothing less than perfection in all that she took on and didn’t believe in shortcuts. Meals were always homecooked and she kept a spotless home. Undeterred by the challenges brought on by her illness, Michèle continued to do what she loved. Her greatest joys in life were spending time with family (especially grandchildren), cooking, gardening, and most of all crafting/DIY. She loved a good project and could most often be found in her art room working on her latest endeavour. She was a generous lady, most often gifting her artwork (usually watercolour roosters) to others, many of these still hanging in the homes of family and friends. Special thanks to her good friend Kelly, who right to the end, navigated through everything from paint brushes to power tools while caring for Michèle as she worked on her many projects. Michèle took great pride in her appearance and loved filling her wardrobe, home, and the homes of others with thrift store bargains. She loved fashion, and her daily attire was always well thought out. From her red cowboy boots to her many other eccentric accessories and outfits, she wore them all well! Special thanks to sister-in-law Jan Anderson, for accompanying Michèle on many of these thrift store shopping sprees and for her companionship that Michèle so greatly cherished.
Michele always said, “Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.” And that she did!
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The family thanks Parkinson’s Specialist Dr. D. Hobson, and the wonderful staff at Poseidon and Action Marguerite (formerly Foyer Valade) care homes for their care and compassion.
In accordance with Michèle’s wishes, the family will be holding a private celebration of her life at a later date.
The family thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Parkinson’s Society would be greatly appreciated.
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