MARCHAND, Jennifer Gail
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1942 - 2013
Peacefully, and with her family by her side, early on February 16 in palliative care, Jennifer passed away after a courageous, spirited battle against ovarian cancer. Jennifer leaves to mourn her adoring husband, Paul, and her three loving children, Amanda (John Geraci), Matthew (Tiffany Turner), and Jessica. She was the beloved "Nonny" to five grandchildren, Dylan, Avery, August, Emmet and Charlotte, and cherished aunt to Frederic (Emily), Emmanuel (Louise), Isabelle (Neil) and Aude-Agathe Dingemans and close sister-in-law to Linda Marchand. Jen always saw the sun shining behind the clouds. Graduating from McGill at 20, she lived in Montreal and Boston, where she began her 48-year adventure with Paul. She raised a beautiful family on Windsor Avenue in Westmount and was selflessly devoted to them and to her grandchildren. Always creative and artistic, she designed and made children's clothes, participated in craft groups such as Chez Nous, collected antique furniture and learned carpentry, obtained a diploma in Library Science, started a successful moving business to assist seniors, and helped build and create a beloved family retreat on Lac Manitou in the Laurentians, where she had spent summers as a child. Jen was an avid and passionate gardener, participating in both the Diggers and Weeders and the Robertson McGill Garden club, and she rose every morning in the summer to greet the flowers in her garden on Lac Manitou. Jen was throughout her life a selfless shining star around whom orbited many friends and family who will miss her warmth and brightness. The family is particularly grateful to Dr. Lucy Gilbert of the Royal Victoria Hospital and to all of the superb and caring nursing staff on 5F of the Women's Pavilion, where Jennifer lived for nearly three months. A service in celebration of Jennifer's life will be held on Friday, February 22, 2013, at the Chapel of the Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Foret, Outremont (514-279-6540) at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Doctors Without Borders would be appreciated. Messages of Condolence may be sent to www.mountroyalcem.com
Published in The Gazette from Feb. 19 to Feb. 21, 2013