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1929 - 2012
Born to Bertha Péloquin and Lucien Gignac in Woonsocket, R.I. The marriage of Ms. Gignac to Mr. Alan F. Huggins of more than 50 years yielded seven interesting, wonderful children whose college educations reinforced their talents and allowed their parents and siblings enjoyable experiences for many years. Tapping into the children's lives and careers provided the parents with opportunities which otherwise would not have been open to them. The grandchildren have been a delight and never ceasing to reinforce the wonders of genetic diversity.
Ms. Gignac attended Catholic schools through college and earned a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Denver in 1970. Her work at the Denver Botanic Garden Library provided a good outlet for satisfying her intellectual curiosity. Her most important contribution was strengthening the horticultural and botanical collections of the Helen Fowler Library, Denver Botanic Gardens from 1972 to 1995. Ms. Gignac considered these years as the most productive and happiest of her working career thanks to the support of her staff and volunteers, who were always ready to give more in spite of limited recognition. During her tenure, the library grew to be the most comprehensive collection between the West Coast and the Mississippi River.
Au lieu de fleurs, please contribute to the Helen Fowler Library, Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York Street, Denver, 80206 or the staff and volunteers of the Denver Hospice 501 S. Cherry Street, Ste. 700, Denver, 80246. Quelle belle vie. La mort, hélas, c'est la vie.
Published in Denver Post on Aug. 19, 2012