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LEMIRE, Delphine Malvina (nee Lagasse)

October 29, 1917 – January 15, 2012

It is with love and prayers that we remember our mother and grandmother, Delphine.

Born in Pibroch Alberta, she was the second of seven children born to Louise and Johnnie Lagasse. As a young woman she accepted a teaching post in a one-room country school near Fort Macleod. It was there that she met and married her husband Paul Lemire, and together they farmed in the Mud Lake area until his untimely death in 1950. Left to raise her two young children Paulette and Emile, Delphine taught in the district until 1959 when she moved her family to Calgary. After 10 years of night and summer school, Delphine earned a Degree in Education, and was the first High School, Home Economics Teacher in the Calgary Separate School Board. Her strong belief in education was demonstrated time and again as she opened her home to nieces and nephews to grant them the opportunity to pursue their schooling. A love of Family and Church were always at the centre of her life and she seldom missed a family gathering no matter how far she had to travel, and always looked forward to visits from extended family. An active member of the Church all her life, it was in answer to prayers that she became aware of Jean Vanier and the L’Arche Community, and was instrumental in establishing a home in Calgary with her son Emile Lemire being its first member. Always a very social and outgoing person, Delphine loved to travel the world and experience new things. After retirement she volunteered at the Kirby Centre for over 28 years, and enjoyed modeling vintage clothing, and more recently being one of the Calendar Girls at the Fountains of Missions. On January 15, 2012, Delphine passed away peacefully.

She is survived by her daughter Paulette (Otto) Paulgaard and her son Emile Lemire; three grandchildren Sandra, Monte (Josiane) and Paula (Shane); and five great-grandchildren Chandler, Lacey, Tristin, Lars, and Ivy. She is also survived by one sister Annette (Alfred) Valliers and much extended family.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 – 24th Street S.W.) on Friday, January 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the L’Arche Community Calgary through their website: www.larchecalgary.org .

In living memory of Delphine Lemire, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Sr. Gisèle Labonte :

    Dear Paulette and Emile,
    Jan. 17th
    I have just learned about your mother’s death this afternoon. I offer you my sincere sympathy. I am so sorry that I was not able to continue visiting your mother during her last days, because of illness. Knowing your mother was a gift to me. She was such a wonderful lady! Hopefully I will be able to attend the prayers and/or funeral.
    May God be close to you in this difficult time. Love and prayers,
    Sister Gisèle

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  2. Paulette and Maurice Breault :

    Our thoughts are with you. We remember the good times she had with mom (Blanche Breault) and their travels together. Our thoughts will be with you. God Bess.
    Paulette and Maurice Breault

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  3. Lila Laprairie nee Baril :

    A wonderful Teacher and mentor. Mrs. Lemire as we called her at St. Mary’s Girls School.I learned so much.Thank-you.One of your many students.Lila Laprairie

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  4. Our condolences for your loss. Delphine’s many years of hard work and dedication to the Kerby Centre were greatly appreciated and she will be missed.

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  5. Margaret Collins (Case) :

    I survived my first two years of teaching with the help, encouragement and support of Delphine. She was always positive and willing to share her wealth of experience. To this day I remain grateful to her for making those scary, challenging years so much easier. I think of her often.

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  6. Dear Paulette & Emile,
    We were fortunate to volunteer with Delphine for many years at Kerby Centre. She was a dear lady with lots of spirit & zest for life. Our condolances to her family. We will miss her too.
    Hugs from the “girls” at the Travel Desk.
    Kitty, Adele, Myrle, Cheryl, Sheila & Marie & the many others that she knew.

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  7. Terry and Alice PASHAK :

    Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. Auntie will be missed, she was a trooper. Love from all the Pashaks from the coast. xxoo

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  8. Doris Reiffer :

    It was such a pleasure knowing Delphine. She was always so friendly to everyone at the Kerby Centre. I really enjoyed my conversations with her. I will miss her.
    My deepest sympathies,
    Doris Reiffer (volunteer at the Kerby Centre)

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  9. Bob and Marj Hart :

    Our sincere sympathy to your family with the passing of Delphine. I always enjoyed her friendship and it was a privelege to work with her as a fellow teacher. She will be sadly missed by all.
    Bob and Marj.

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  10. Maureen Huck (nee Currie) :

    Paulette, it has been many years…..I saw this obit and wanted to express my sincere condolences. Your Mother is now in God’s good hands. God bless you and your family.

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