Mary Rose Deschamps, 79, of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, 550 Osborne St., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007 at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances.
Mary was born Feb. 19, 1928 in Rolla, N.D. to the late Jule and Katherine Ducatt. Mary moved to Fort Frances in 1945 and on June 3, 1946, she was united in marriage to Bernard Deschamps.
Mary was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and the C.W.L. in Fort Frances. She thoroughly enjoyed gardening and tending her beautiful flowers. She also was well-known for her quality sewing as a seamstress in Fort Frances.
When opportunities arose, she liked travelling extensively and flying to various places. At home, she also enjoyed fishing with her family.
Mary loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and dogs, and will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard Deschamps, in 2006; daughter, Sandra; three sisters, Rosella Charboneau, Delphine Messier, and Lucille Stein; and three brothers, Joseph, Al, and Charles Ducatt.
Mary is survived by her five children, Leslie (Lorraine) Deschamps of Salmon Arm, B.C., Richard (Dianne) Deschamps of Dryden, Ont., David Deschamps of Winnipeg, Man., Debra (Leland) Nicholson of International Falls, Mn., and Charles Deschamps (Susan Radul) of Fort Frances, Ont.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by three sisters, Gretchen (Ray) Engum and Catherine (Bob) Powell, all of Washington, D.C., and Geraldine Isom of California; one brother, Gerald Ducatt of Washington, D.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances. Msgr. George Bourguignon will officiate, with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Friends may visit Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007 from 7-9 p.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Parish prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m.
The pallbearers will be Ronnie Deschamps, Leland Nicholson, Michael Thayer, Jack Mattson, Herb Snow, and John Veillieux.
Should family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts, Box 837, Kenora, Ont., P9N 4B5 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, 920 Frenette Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3N4, or c/o Green Funeral Home, P.O. Box 427, Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 3M8.
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