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Denise Marie Fournier-Thompson
October 24, 1929 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Our hearts are broken as we say goodbye to a wonderfully strong and independent woman after 94 years of life.
Denise Fournier was born to Serge and Florence Fournier in Marcelin, Saskatchewan in 1929. She was the oldest of eight children and enjoyed spending time with her siblings Annette, Isabelle, Aline, Andrew, Maurice, Marie, and Emile.
Denise is survived by her daughter Trudy, grandchildren Julie (Andy), Wendy (Ryan), Wesley (Kim), Wyatt and Travis. Her great-grandchildren Justina, Teigan, Jacob, Madi, Kaleb, Riley, Charlie, and her great-great-granddaughter Dallas. She is also survived by her two youngest siblings Emile and Marie, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In the early years of Denise’s life, she spent a lot of time outside working with her father on the farm. She enjoyed woodworking and was very talented at this skill. She built many child-size tables and chairs for grandchildren and other young ones.
In 1949, Denise left the family farm and moved to BC for work. There she met and later married Jim Thompson. They had one daughter, Trudy. Denise was a devoted mother who made many sacrifices to provide the best she could for her daughter. She was a hard worker who spent many years working as a waitress and bartending in the service industry. In her later years, she worked in childcare and as a live-in caregiver for seniors.
Denise loved to travel. She often traveled with her sisters. Together they would tour different parts of the country. Sightseeing was a cherished pastime for them. Some of her favorite destinations were Eastern Canada, Nashville, and New York, and visiting her youngest sister who lived in Ohio. She collected postcards of her travels and had many happy memories and interesting things to share from her journeys.
Denise’s hobbies included making jewelry and she would often fix jewelry for family & friends. She made the most amazing, beaded fridge magnets in the shape of alligators, snowmen, and owls. She was especially fond of owls and elephants. She also enjoyed playing cribbage, darts, shuffleboard, and bingo. She would regularly go down early to set up the cards for bingo night in the lodge. Her friends and family enjoyed meeting her at the lodge for bingo or card night.
Silvera Seniors Lodge was where she spent her final days. She was a resident there for over 12 years. The staff and other residents knew her well as she was very involved with many of the social activities that Silvera provided. We are very thankful to the staff at Silvera. They took such good care of the woman that we lovingly call Granny Denise. We were so blessed to have this woman in our lives, and she will be deeply missed by her family and friends.