1945 – 2013
Denise was born in Montréal, QC and came west to the Northwest Territories with her husband in 1974. Settling down in Fort Smith, she worked for the NWT Government till 1994. There she served the local Church as well as serving at the Diocesan level as CWL Treasurer. In 1981, answering God’s call, she entered the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelite (OCDS) and made her definitive profession in 1983 Supported by the local Bishop, she co-founded in 1982 the Magnificat Café, a place of friendship for religious adult education. In 1992, along with her husband, she was honoured as volunteer of the year for her contribution at the Northern Lights Nursing Home. In 1996, coming to Armstrong with her husband to help Carmel in the west, she initiated the establishment of the Carmel of St. Joseph Guild and co-founded in 2000 the Secular Discalced Carmelite Community of St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes, becoming its first president. She spent her last years serving the Carmel of St. Joseph’s Monastery in Armstrong, BC.
Denise is survived by her husband Laurent (Larry); her sister: Thérèse of St. Hubert, PQ; her brother André from Montréal, PQ; her sister-in-law Alouisia Desrochers of Edmonton, AB; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved. Prayers will be recited at 8:00pm on Friday June 21st, 2013 at the Carmel of St. Joseph Monastery in Armstrong, BC and Mass Christian burial will take place respectively on Saturday June 22, 2013 at 11:00am at the Carmel of St. Joseph Monastery in Armstrong, BC Reverend Father Tony Ackerman Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carmel of St. Joseph Monastery for mass offering.
The family is most appreciative to the palliative care unit for its outstanding services. Although the list of names would be too long to enumerate, thanks are extended to each and everyone of them, in particular Rowena, Nancy and Ethel, the nurses team for Armstrong/Enderby; Michelle Miller, Palliative care co-ordinator; the staff of the Vernon hospital ICU and Emergency wards in particular, the care aides and Dr. Cunningham for whom Denise had the highest regards. Their compassion, level of care and great charity have earned our warmest heartfelt appreciation. Thank you. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca
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