Obituary of Matilda Margaret Demerais
Matilda Demerais late of Prince Albert, SK, passed away on May 24th, 2023, at Mont St. Joseph Care Home. At the age of 80. Matilda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Mom always considered others before herself, she was a loving individual who taught us how to treat others and to be kind to each other, how to cook and clean at a very young age. Mom was a great helper to her children providing guidance in her own special way. Every spring she would buy each of us a new spring coat, that made us feel very special. Mom started her work career at the age of 14 working as a care provider in private homes, working at the Training School and Nursing Home. She had her own daycare in her home for 16 years, she enjoyed seeing the children growing up. Matilda married Howard Demerais on March 20th, 1976, and they shared 47 years together. She became her husband’s helper learning carpentry skills, and working on various projects with ease, she enjoyed participating with Howard to make their home a home. Mom was a clean and organized person taking pride in her home with decorating and collecting ornaments. She had a great love for gardening and tending her flower beds. Many memories were made over the years, camping, drive-in theatres, fishing, picnics, and barbeques, Sunday drives for ice cream and exploring old homesteads. Matilda looked forward to all the holidays and wanted her children home. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, garage sales, playing bingo in which, her biggest win was a vehicle, she loved to try new recipes, she could cook anything, from canning, to doughnuts, bread, Chinese food. Mom loved to watch her soap operas throughout the years, listening to country music and enjoyed having relatives and friends come to visit. She enjoyed attending sports games and many school events.
Through hard times in life mom was the rock and when we apologize for our bad behavior or wrong choices mom would forgive and say, “That’s Life”. To her very last days she was still worried about her family and wanted us to know that we are to take care of each other.
We love you mom and cherish all you taught us forever.
Matilda is lovingly remembered by: her husband of 45 years; Howard Philip Demerais her sons; Richard (Naomi) Nighttraveller, Alvin (Arlene) Nighttraveller, James (Leila) Nightraveller, her daughters; Violet Nighttraveller, Diane (Ken) Demerais, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, her siblings; Herman (Norma) Crain, Ken Crain, Eldon (Brandy) Crain, Beverly (Ken) Crain, Lenora Crain; numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Predceased by: her parents: George “Jack” and Nancy Crain, her brothers, and sisters; Stewart Crain, Irvin Crain Sr., Mary Highway, Stella Ledoux, Delphine Crain, and Lorraine Bird, her oldest son; Calvin Wayne Nighttraveller, her grandson; Calvin Wayne Jr. Nighttraveller/Threefingers, her great grandson, Jordan Threefingers
Thank you to the staff at Mont St. Josephs for your loving care of our beloved Matilda. Wake will commence at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2023, Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2023, both services will be held at Muskoday Band Hall. Interment is at Prince Albert Memorial Gardens.
Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home and Crematorium, Marianne Turcotte, Funeral Director, Prince Albert, SK 306-763-3322.