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Lorraine Houle

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LORRAINE ANNIE HOULE

(née BRUYERE)

February 20, 1935 –June 21, 2022

It is with deep sorrow and much love, we announce that Lorraine passed away peacefully on June 21, 2022, at the Health Sciences Centre, at the age of 87 years.

 

Lorraine is predeceased by her father William and mother Angele Bruyere; siblings, Joe, Ron, Bert, Lou, Tony, Alma, and Rose; and her children Claudette, Arnold, and Harold. She is survived by her children, Randall Charles (Terri), Gisele, Cheryl and Venessa; grandchildren Quantia (Charlie), Danielle, Rachel, Matthew and Sasha; great grandchildren, siblings; extended family and friends.

 

Born in Fort Alexander, Sagkeeng in 1935, she was the eldest daughter to William and Angele Bruyere. Lorraine attended Fort Alexander residential school starting at the age of 4 years old in 1939, and later La Bret, Saskatchewan where she completed high school. In 1951, she came to live in Winnipeg, and worked in a sewing factory before getting married in 1959.

 

She raised her teenage and younger children as a single parent and managed to purchase a house in 1978 so the family would never have to feel housing insecurity or experience poor living conditions as a low-income Indigenous family. Owning a home was an important goal as she had struggled finding places to rent, and many places she had rented were sub-standard. They were run down or could barely accommodate a large family in the 60's and 70's.

 

In the early 1980’s, she returned to university and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and soon began work with the province of Manitoba. She worked as a home care aide level 3 until she retired. As a residential school survivor, Lorraine grew up in a catholic residential school and remained a catholic all her life. She gave generously to various charities

 

Lorraine courageously endured a long illness and went to dialysis for over 12 years. She was a resilient and courageous person. She will be greatly missed.

Lorraine's family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.

 

A celebration of her life will be held 11:00 am, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road (Unitarian Church).

ETHICAL DEATH CARE

Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St, Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 - www.ethicaldeathcare.com

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