Estelle Cole (Gauthier-Miron)

Published February 24, 2023

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Estelle Cole (Gauthier-Miron)

Estelle Cole (Gauthier-Miron)
5 Mar 1943 – 19 Feb 2023

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” ~ Muhammad Ali

It is with profound sadness that we share the unexpected death of our Mom, Estelle. She was the oldest of two children born to Hervé and Gaetane (née Gauthier), 80 years ago this year in Valleyfield, QC. She was the wife of Edward “Ted” for over 58 years. Loving mother of Andréa, Elise (Dave) and furkid, Nico. She will be missed by her brother, Serge (Rollande), niece and nephew and many cousins and friends.

Faced with the choice of one of three professions when deciding on a post-secondary education, she opted to pursue nursing and became a Registered Nurse in 1964 through Hôpital Saint-Luc/Université de Montréal. Her career spanned many years, caring for patients in a variety of settings and across two provinces, always with a deep sense of compassion and empathy.

She had a lively, bright and extremely quick intellect, and was a master of solving problems, especially for others. Her curiosity matched her intelligence. She was a voracious reader and loved all things historical. In particular, she was passionate about her family history. She was also unmatched in her capacity to enjoy and deploy language; to this day, we have never succeeded in winning a debate with her.

Our intensely private Mom was a survivor in so many ways, but only those closest to her knew what she had endured over her life, always emerging victorious. Predeceased by her parents and her grandsons Nathaniel and Andrew, we take comfort in knowing she is with her loved ones who went before her.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Canada, Breast Cancer Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Estelle did not like being the centre of attention, so to honour her wishes for privacy, there will be no funeral or memorial service. There will be a small gathering of her close family in the spring to celebrate her life, hopefully at the same time the peonies and lily of the valley she loved so much are in bloom. Should you wish to honour her life, she would have been delighted to know that trees had been planted to celebrate her time here.