Obituary of Isabelle Agnes Martel
It is with great sadness that the family of Isabelle Martel announces her passing on August 21, 2007 at the age of 99 years. Isabelle was born on November 28, 1907 in Memphis Tennessee. Her family later moved to North Battleford and this is where she grew up. She attended a country school near Battleford and then continued her education in Moose Jaw at normal school. Isabelle began teaching in 1929 in North Battleford. On November 11, 1931 she married Peter Martel and she put here teaching career on hold to start her family. She raised 5 children, 4 girls June, Pet, Kathy and Sandra and one son Rod. In 1959, after 28 years away from teaching, Isabelle went back to work. Isabelle had a green thumb and could make any anything grow. She loved a good visit and her favorite visit was over a card game. Granny's passing is a sad time for us all but we know that not many people get to experience 99 years of happiness and health. Isabelle is lovingly remembered by her children Yvonne Lendsay (Bohdan Kosiack) of Rosthern, SK, Kathy (Robert) Gaudry of Debden, SK, Rod (Ellen) Martel of Big River, SK, Sandra (Robert) Fontaine of Debden, SK and her foster son Ron Deschamps of Calgary, AB; her brother Allan Snyder, her sisters Pauline McKinnon and Madeleine O'Donald, her sister in-law Ivy Snyder, 20 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Pete Martel, her daughter June Martel, her parents Catherine & Albert Snyder, her brothers Jim Snyder, Bill Snyder & John Snyder, her sisters Harriette Snyder & Theresa Dawe, her son in-law Donald Lendsay, her sisters in-law Lorette Snyder & May Snyder. The prayer service was held on Friday, August 24th, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, August 25th, 2007 at 10.30 a.m., both from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart R. C. Church in Big River, SK. The celebrant was Rev. Fr. Bernabe Millan Sajonas and the cross bearers were Nathan Fontaine & Sabelle Martel. Paulette Cooper played the organ and the Big River Community Choir sang congregational hymns. There were also soloists, Nadine Bouchard, Nanette Fontaine and Victoria Bouchard, who were accompanied by Bob Fontaine on the guitar. The eulogy was given by Margo Bonneau. Active pall bearers were Etien Martel, Joe Martel, Michael Martel, Kelly Lendsay, Rocky Gaudry and Nash Fontaine. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Isabelle's name may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
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