It is with utmost love and respect that we, the family of Betty Ladouceur, announce her peaceful passing on August 19, 2021 at the age of 84 years.
Betty was born in the spring of 1937 to her parents: Bella Patenaude (nee Cardinal) and Arthur Desrosiers, in the mining town of Uranium City, Saskatchewan. A jewel she was, having been born in the month of May. Just like her birthstone, Emerald, she was a gem, vibrant and bright; so very precious, rare and beautiful.
Leaving behind a legacy of love for her children: Garry, Lana (Ken), Shannon (Barry), Kevin (Rachael), Mark, Donna Morrison, and Elaine Gervais, as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be sadly missed by her brothers: Horace (Donna), Morris, Laurie (Liz), and Joseph (Deb); as well as sisters: Rita and Mona.
Betty was predeceased by her husband: Hilaire; son: Mark (Teetoo); daughters: Tracy Ulliac and Barbara Ladouceur, as well as an infant daughter Rhonda in 1967; her parents: Bella Patenaude and Arthur Desrosiers; siblings: Lloyd Patenaude and Eddy Heron (Virginia); and her sister Dorothy Ladouceur (Bob).
In her early years Betty worked at the hospital in LLB for a time and then in the commercial fisheries. She could keep up with and even surpass any of Hilaire’s hired men; picking fish, setting and cleaning nets, as well as tending to and feeding an entire mink ranch. Later in life, Betty worked as Dean of Residence at the Alberta Vocational Centre in Lac La Biche. She was a big part of many people’s lives of all ages and the students at AVC loved her as a “dorm mom”.
After her retirement from the AVC, she stayed at home with her husband Hilaire to help with the trucking company and to do what she loved most, which was caring for her children, her grandchildren and even her great grandchildren. Betty, an amazing cook, was legendary with her canning abilities. Her favourite past times were picking berries, gardening, camping, and being with family and friends.
Betty was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Kokum. She had a vivacious personality and always made people around her laugh. She made friends everywhere she went. Betty was loved by anyone who knew her. She was a mother, not only to her children, but to those who needed guidance and someone to talk to.
She was a great Métis traditional dancer, having won many jigging competitions throughout her life. Betty was able to travel the country visiting relatives and seeing sites such as Vancouver, Quebec, and the Maritimes.
Betty was a strong lady throughout her entire life, as she survived many challenges that included a brain aneurysm, two bouts with cancer, and then COVID-19 in January. Sadly, Betty developed dementia which became more prevalent after the death of her husband in 2007. She lived out the remainder of her life at care homes until finally the extended care in Lac La Biche.
The family of Betty Ladouceur would like to extend utmost gratitude to the entire staff, the doctors and nurses of this facility, for making her remaining years happy, for she was always smiling right up until the end.
A Celebration of Life, will take place, in the Lac La Biche Mission, during the Spring of 2022.