Alice passed away peacefully at 4:30 p.m. at Hillside Village, Salmon Arm, B.C.
Alice will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bob O’Dell of Salmon Arm, British Columbia: her children, David (Marilyn) O’Dell of Fort Frances, Ontario; George O’Dell of Calgary, Alberta; Helen (Larry) Stock of Cochrane, Alberta; Cy (Brenda) O’Dell of Salmon Arm, British Columbia and Tom (Pat) O’Dell of Claresholm, Alberta: her six grandchildren, Cameron (Jolyn) O’Dell of Edmonton, Alberta; Brian O’Dell of Fort Francis, Ontario; Bradley (Carie) Stock of Calgary, Alberta; Eric Stock of Cochrane, Alberta; Laura Stock of Cochrane, Alberta; Alyssa O’Dell of Salmon Arm, British Columbia and one great granddaughter Alexis O’Dell of Edmonton, Alberta: four sisters, Yvonne (Harold) Muise of Alymer, Quebec; Annabelle Gionet of Montreal, Quebec; Irene (Paul) Thomson of North Bay, Ontario and Eveline Papillon of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec: Alice also has numerous nephews and nieces.
She was predeceased by her parents Cyril and Irene Gionet (nee Viens) of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec; two brothers, George (Jeannine) Gionet of Kincardine, Ontario, Romeo Gionet of Quebec City, Quebec and brother-in-law Jean Charles Papillon of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec.
Alice was born in Chapleau, Ontario and later grew up and received her education in Duparquet, Quebec. She worked in the local telephone office as chief operator until she met Bob in 1946. Alice and Bob were married, April 17, 1948 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec. They continued their life together in Duparquet until 1956, when they moved to Manitouwadge, Ontario. In this locale, Alice and Bob, completed their family of five children and as a family over the ensuing fifteen years, they became an integral part of this thriving Mining Community. In 1971 they moved, as they do in the Mining Industry, to Manibridge, Manitoba.
In 1977 they moved once again, to Tungsten, NWT. Alice with her husband, Bob, spent over eight wonderful years in this part of Canada’s Far North. Where ever she lived across Canada’s North Land, in the various Mining Communities, Alice, would always pursue her great interest and attachment with the flora and fauna of the area.
Alice and Bob both had discovered their preferred retirement area was the Shuswap area in south central B.C. For seventeen years Alice enjoyed their home in the Sunnybrae area of Tappen, B.C., where Alice took delight in her flowers, her garden, her various crafts, her family and her home. All these were her life!
In 2006 they moved to Salmon Arm with their son, Cy, his wife Brenda and their daughter Alyssa. In 2000 Alice began her struggle with Alzheimer’s, the disease that finally took her life.
It is with sincerest gratitude that our thanks are extended to the entire staff of Hillside Village. Everyone in Hillside, who touched Alice’s life, during her two and on half years there, did so with such loving, caring, competent, compassionate and professional care. Thank you!
A Memorial Mass and Reception, to be announced at a later date, will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church with Father George LaGrange O.M.I. Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm 250 833-1129, EMAIL condolences and share memories at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.