J’irai la voir un jour, au ciel! Surrounded by her children and grandchildren in prayer and song, Marie Anna Boutin passed away peacefully into eternal life on February 18, 2017 at Moose Mountain Lodge, Carlyle, SK.
Mom was born on the family farm south of Antler, SK, the oldest child of Rosario and Marie Louise (Lemieux) Poirier.
She was predeceased by her husband Lionel; her parents and her brothers, Gérard, Marcel andAdrien.
She is survived by her daughter Réjeanne (Dallas – Josie and Adrie); her six sons, Donald (Shelley – Aimee and Michele (Cody)), Raymond (Frances – Simone and Janelle), Normand, Albert (Sheila – Collin (Meghan) and Bill, Renée (fiancé Levi), and Emma (fiancé Dakota)), Bernard (Tracy – Carmelle, Dharma, and Abby), and Fernand (Jennifer - Léo, Luc, Ben and Anna). She is also survived by her sisters, Priscille (Gilbert) and Anne Marie (Larry); her brothers, Henri (Elaine), Jean-Charles (Estelle), Joseph (Irène) and Paul (Claudia); her sister-in-law Jeannette, and Lionel’s siblings, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Mom was a woman of faith, service, love, peace and family; she loved music, and was happiest when they all came together. She raised her children to be faithful and to pray for guidance whenever it was needed. When you do what is right, life isn’t complicated - Mom lived life this way. Mom was an optimist, looking at the brighter side of situations and hope for the future. If we needed rain for the crops, you just had to pray for it. God always provides, and when you needed the rain to stop during harvest, again, just pray. Mom enjoyed attending her kids’ and grandkids’ curling games and 4-H achievement days, and loved music festivals. Mom also loved family gatherings and used these opportunities to reconnect. In her later years, she became our reason to connect. Mom spent the last 11 ½ years at Moose Mountain Lodge and her love continued to shine through her beautiful smile and twinkle in her eye. She was appreciative of the staff and Sr. Lucille for their loving care. If the purpose of our life on earth is to live it according to Jesus’ word and example with the prize being eternal life in heaven, Mom earned it.
A Prayer Service was held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. with Sr. Lucille Courcelles presiding and the Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. by Rev. Melchor Samonte. Both services were held at St. Raphael R.C. Church, Cantal, SK. Interment took place at the parish cemetery, after which a luncheon was held in the Alida Memorial Hall, Alida, SK.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Marie Anna’s memory may be made to the St. Raphael Parish Cemetery Fund, Box 124, Alida, SK, S0C 0B0 or the Friends of Moose Mountain Lodge, c/o Town of Carlyle, Box 10, Carlyle, SK, S0C 0R0 (cheque payable to “Town of Carlyle” with “Friends of MML” on the memo line).
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Redvers.
The family of Marie Anna Boutin would like thank you for the prayers, phone calls, text and email messages, cards, visits, food, flowers, and memorial donations made in honour of Mom. We thank all who travelled from near and far to attend Mom’s celebration of life. Thank you to Fr. Melchor Samonte and Soeur Lucille for your prayers and the wonderful services. Thank you to the Church and Alida Hall ladies for preparing and serving the lunches. A huge thank you to the Staff at the Moose Mountain Lodge and to Sr. Lucille for their kind and loving care provided to Mom for the past 11 1/2 years. God Bless you all!