Mary Grace Nicholson
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October 23, 1917- March 11, 2020
The passing of Mrs. James Nicholson (nee Grace Thibodeau) occurred on March 11 at Golden Door Geriatric Centre quietly at rest, reaching the age of 102 years 5 months.
Born in Bathurst New Brunswick, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas J Thibodeau a noted curler, and Josephine Choinard of Caraquet New Brunswick. From a family of eleven, Edgar (Collette Audet), Leo, Richard (Toots), Raymond (Loretta O’Connell), Thelma, (Sister Mary Lea), Dorothy Helena (Sister Mary Josephine) both Sisters of Charity, Mount St. Vincent Halifax, Stella (Bruno Hennessy), Leonard (died in the great flu epidemic at 3 yrs. of age) and twins who died in infancy.
Grace was married to James Nicholson on June 2, 1947 until his passing on January 29, 1990. They had four children: Nancy (deceased), Louise (Lemoine) of Winnipeg, John of Toronto, Stephen, grandchild Melanie (Doucet) and great grandchildren Isaiah, Brayden and Ares and many nephews and nieces, never forgetting her beloved Godchild Karen Thibodeau (Montreal).
Along with her family Grace had many affiliations among which were the Angel Society, St. Agnes Society, Children of Mary, and her much loved C.W.L. Sacred Heart Council Bathurst of which she was a faithful member from 1947 until her death. She taught catechism for 4 years, grades 3 to 5, a secretary of the parish council for two terms, the secretary of the Ladies Aid, Hotel Dieu Hospital for a 2-year term. Her great love was music belonging to two choirs for 45 yrs. with the Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Senior Choir singing at funerals in the Bathurst Diocese. Moving to Winnipeg in 1996, she joined the Stradbrook Senior Singers who performed twice yearly at seniors’ complexes around the city of Winnipeg. Music and singing were the joys of her life.
“Amazing” Grace will live on in the many hearts that she touched, having lived a full life of caring and love.
Our special gratitude to all her care-givers at the Golden Door, especially “Portage Wing” who showed only love and tenderness to her throughout her time with them-she welcomed them into her loving heart.
A private Memorial Service will be held at Holy Rosary Church on River Ave. Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Due to public health concerns at gatherings, celebration of her life will follow present directives.
In lieu of flowers, kindest gestures in her memory may be sent as donations to The Golden Door Geriatric Centre or Holy Rosary Church.
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