Thérèse Anne Bédard, R.N. (26 July 1927 to 29 January 2015)
|Thérèse Bédard, 87, died with her sons by her side a few miles from where the family pulled up in a blue Rambler American in Orange County, California in April 1964. She came home to Québec and was laid to rest with her husband, Jean Bédard on August 2nd, 2015, at 1300h in Sainte Croix de Lobtinière, Jean’s home village.
Never perfect, she always strove to be. Hard headed, she bent her will for the good of all and nursed more people than I ever met back to health over a long career at places like Hopital Maisonneuve in Montreal and Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Orange, California.
Thérèse was an ex-novitiate with the Sisters of Charity (Gray Nuns / Soeurs Grises) who had left the order after four years, just before taking her final vows and becoming Sister St. Pierre Celestin. Thérèse met her husband Jean Bédards through Jean’s sister, Jeanne-Mance. She thought that her brother and Thérèse from Thetford Mines, would suit each other well. She encouraged him to write to her. Thérèse was in nursing school at St. Michel Archange in Québec City. In Jean’s first letter to her, he declared himself to be “of good humor” and said “to date I haven’t had the easiest life, but it’s always been agreeable. I consider myself to be, and I know that I am, lucky.”
He married Thérèse. He got lucky.