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Germaine Simone Bouvier (neé Provençal) of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, passed away on December 27, 2022, at the age of 96 years.
Germaine was born on September 22, 1926, on a farm near Ponteix, to Albert and Clara (neé Privé) Provençal. She was the 2nd of 9 children. She attended a country school near Ponteix and worked on the farm until taking a nurse’s aid position at the Gravelbourg hospital.
It was in 1946 when Germaine met her soulmate and love of her life, a handsome man named Léo R. Bouvier who had recently returned from serving overseas in WWII and had started farming land at the family farm. They were married June 17, 1947, in Ponteix, SK and made their life on the homestead doing mixed farming. Germaine was a member of the Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Gravelbourg.
Germaine and Léo were blessed with six children, their first dying in infancy. The family enjoyed many wonderful times while they grew up on the farm.
Germaine was an elegant lady, a devoted loving wife and mother, a lifelong friend, an incredible cook, gardener, artist, strong-willed and a real go-getter. Any work, challenge, task or hobby was met with determination, passion for great results, perfection, done with great joy and love. All of this was evident in her home, garden, petit-point, crochet, ceramics, music and anything she created or did. She enjoyed learning new things.
When retirement was on the horizon, Germaine and Léo built a house in Gravelbourg selling the farm in 1983 when retirement day finally arrived. They spent the next several years travelling the globe and the country they were proud of, greatly enjoying this time together.
Germaine took great pride and immense joy in her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She cherished every moment spent and each was incredibly special to her.
Be humble, be kind and be proud of yourself. Love and support each other, remember where you come from and help the next one in line as you were helped. ~ Germaine Bouvier
Germaine is pre-deceased by her soulmate and husband Léo of 75 years. Survived by her loving family;
son Elphie (Claudette), granddaughter Chantal, great-grandchildren Sophie, Zoe, grandson Daniel;
son Donald (Patricia), granddaughter Tricia (Jason), great-grandchildren Sarah (Shawn), Aidan, Peter, Samuel, granddaughter Bree (Patrick), great-grandson Boston;
Sisters Rolande (Claude) Quintin, Irene Levasseur, Alice Haliskie and sister-in-law Anne Bouvier, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations in memory of Germaine to the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan 301-2550 12th Avenue Regina, SK S4P 3X1 or the Gravelbourg Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 173, Box 299, Gravelbourg, SK S0H 1X0 and masses are gratefully appreciated.
A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Co-Cathedral Gravelbourg, SK July 8, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at the Gravelbourg Roman Catholic Cemetery.