It’s Mother’s Day. Time to honour all the Mothers and Grandmothers who came before me. How I wish I had pictures of ALL my female ancestors! Here are the ones I do have. Strong women, every one!
Louise Bernardin Girardin 1824-1912
Louise, my great-great grandmother, died at the age of 87, having outlived two husbands, born 10 children, and emigrated four times, from Quebec to Massachusetts to Manitoba, back to Massachusetts, then finally back to Manitoba.
Onesime Allard Girardin 1852-1896
Louise’s daughter-in-law, my great grandmother Onesime, emigrated twice, first from Quebec to Massachusetts, where she married (and buried her first three daughters), and then to Manitoba. She died at the age of 44, pregnant with her 14th child.
Emma Girardin Hogue 1878-1979
Onesime’s daughter Emma, my grandmother (Mémère) died at the age of 101, having raised her siblings after her Mother’s early death, born 8 children, and outlived her husband and all her siblings. She had emigrated from Massachusetts to Manitoba as a child.
Margaret Dease McMillan 1818-1905
Margaret, my great-great grandmother, one of my Metis ancestors, died at age 87 having born 9 children and outlived her husband. She lived most of her life in the Red River Settlement.
Philomene McMillan Hogue 1848-1923
Margaret’s daughter Philomene, my great grandmother, died at 75, just months before her husband. She had 9 children.
Marie Anne Girard Vaillancourt 1881-1975
Marie Anne is my maternal grandmother who died at the age of 94, having born 9 children and outlived her husband by 40 years. She moved from Quebec to Alberta, back to Quebec, then back to Saskatchewan, and eventually Manitoba. (As an aside, this is the ONLY picture I have in which she’s smiling!)
Madeleine Vaillancourt Hogue 1916-2006
And here’s my Mother, Madeleine, who died at the age of 90, having outlived Dad by 24 years, and born 5 children. She was born in Quebec and moved to Saskatchewan as a child, and then to Manitoba. Still “talk” to her everyday.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom!