If my Mother, Madeleine Hogue, nee Vaillancourt, was still alive, June 6th would be her 100th birthday. We would be having a big celebration. Mom would, as usual, have had her hair done, and we would have shopped for a new dress. Children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren would have gathered together. There would have been flowers, food, wine, cake, and much merriment.
Sadly she only saw her 90th. Unfortunately by that point her health was failing, she was in a nursing home, and though family gathered, it was not quite the party we would have wished. Mom’s mind stayed sharp to the very end, but her body let her down.
Madeleine was born in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, the youngest of nine children to Georges Vaillancourt and Marie Anne Girard. When she was about two years old the family moved to Regina, Saskatchewan. Here’s a picture of Mom at a very young age.
And one as a teenager.
Here’s the photo of Mom that Dad carried in his wallet when he was courting her in La Salle, Manitoba.
Here she is as a young woman.
And here is a picture of Mom and Dad on their 35th wedding anniversary. Mom and Dad had eloped in 1933, so this celebration was especially meaningful to Mom.
For Mom’s 85th birthday we did have a big family party. There was food and wine and hugs and laughter. Many loving stories were told about Mom.
I never stop missing her, but in some ways she is always with me.