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Joy Bourre, 97

Peacefully with her family by her side, Joy Bourre, age 97, of Rainy River, Ontario, passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014 at LaVerendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ontario.
Mom grew up in Kenora, with 8 brothers and 2 sisters. After graduating from high school she went on to complete Normal School and became a teacher.
Her first teaching assignment was in Gameland, at a one-room school house. She spent her entire career teaching in the Rainy River District. From Gameland she went to Blue township and then finished in Rainy River.
Mom met Alfred Bourre and they were united in marriage on June 28, 1944. They raised their 5 children in Rainy River.
Throughout her life mom spent many hours volunteering in the community. She was the CGIT leader, she delivered meals on wheels (well into her 80s) and numerous other volunteer jobs.
Mom was a respected member of the Knox United Church, Rebecca Lodge, Bridge club, and the curling club.
Her passion for knowledge/education was her life line. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 and a Bachelor of Sociology degree in 1998, both from Lakehead University.
She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, and watching baseball and curling on TV.
Mom was a loving caring woman who was always there to lend a helping hand whenever needed. We love and will miss you Mom.
Joy is survived by her children, Douglas (Linda) Bourre, Joy Anne (Gary) Tolen, Everett Jackson, Betty Radbourne, Drew (Denyse) Bourre, 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.
Mom was predeceased by her husband Alfred, daughter Carol Bourre, son-in-law Calvin Radbourne, 8 brothers and 2 sisters, 2 brother-in-laws and 1 sister-in-law.
A celebration of Joy’s life was held on Friday, October 3, 2014 at ll:00 AM at the Rainy River Knox United church, with Reverend Frances Flook officiating. Interment will take place in Forest Lawn cemetery, Rainy River. Honourary Pall bearers will be all her grand children.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Rainy River Hospital, or Knox United Church of Rainy River.