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BURNASH, Adrienne Eva (nee Martel)

April 14, 1916 – Ste. Brigide, QC
December 20, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Adrienne Eva Burnash (nee Martel) passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Calgary, AB at age 97.

Adrienne is lovingly remembered by her granddaughter Lisa (Greg) Pierre Louis; great-grandson Jordan Carriere; nephew Bob Martel and family; and many other nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband Fred Turcotte; son Maurice Turcotte; and Adrienne’s second husband Jim Burnash. She was last of ten children of Omer and Aurore Martel of Edmonton.

A Mass of Remembrance will be held at Father Lacombe Care Centre Chapel (332 – 146th Avenue S.E.) on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Adrienne’s ashes to be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Edmonton at a later date. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Adrienne Burnash, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.


Early Life
Adrienne was born April 14, 1916 in Ste. Brigide, d’Iberville, Quebec, located about 60 miles southeast of Montreal. Her parents, Omer Martel and Aurore Denicourt, were French-Canadian farmers, and Adrienne was the sixth of ten children, all who were born in Quebec and raised Roman Catholic. She had seven brothers and two sisters. She was last one to pass on at age 97.
After the youngest boy, a toddler, died in a farm accident, the family moved to Alberta when Adrienne was a young teen. The Martel family farmed near Thorhill and then moved to Edmonton where the family ran a rooming house, restaurant and general store on the block across from Swift’s Meat packing plant on 66th street. She did not continue her schooling and stayed home to help her ailing mother raise the younger siblings.

Adult Life
Her mother died of cancer when she was 21 years old, during the waning years of the great depression. She worked as a cook’s helper at the General Hospital, picked fruit in the Okanagan in summer and took training as a pastry chef at Picardy Bakery. She married Fred (Ferdinand) Turcotte in 1940 and her only child Maurice was born in 1942 in Winnipeg. The family then moved to Quadra Island across from Campbell River, BC, where Fred ran a lumber business.
The Turcotte family moved back to Edmonton where Adrienne worked at the Royal George Hotel as a cook. After Fred died of a heart attack at age 52, Adrienne went up north work as a cook for Eldorado at Uranium City, SK. Maurice was boarded and went to school at College St. Jean in Edmonton.

Life after Retirement
When Adrienne retired, she came back to Edmonton to live with her son and helped raise her beloved granddaughter Lisa. Maurice moved to Calgary for work and his mother and daughter followed him there. While in Calgary Adrienne often saw her brother Bernard and they would watch the hockey games together. Maurice died in a single car accident in Edmonton in 1989.
In the 1990s, Adrienne and her sister Jean (and her husband Joe) wanted to move to Edmonton. They bought a house a block away from their brother Johnny’s south side home shortly after his wife died. This reunited the siblings for almost daily visits playing crib in the afternoons. When Jean died of complications of a stroke in 2000, Adrienne stayed on to care for her brother-in-law until Joe decided to return to Regina to be closer to his children.
Adrienne returned Calgary to live with Lisa and was very happy helping care for her great-grandson Jordan. Adrienne was a very hard worker all her life which left her with painfully arthritic knees, shoulders and hands. As she got older her health problems became such that she needed nursing care. It was decided she would be happier close to Lisa and Jordon and so she was relocated here to Father Lacombe Care Centre.
Adrienne had a wonderful sense of humor and she enjoyed practical jokes. She was an exceptional cook and her cinnamon buns and pizzas were delicious favorites with everyone. She had beautiful white hair and lovely skin. Crocheting was one of her talents and she would play solitaire by the hour if no one was available to play crib with her. Watching hockey, the soaps and Mass on TV were among her past times. One of the things she loved about Father Lacombe Centre was the ability to attend church daily. Her five years at Father Lacombe gave her excellent health care, the company of young, smiling caregivers and friendship of the Sisters of Providence. She couldn’t have been in better hands.
We will all have many fond memories of Auntie and will remember her fondly.

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