It is with a great deal of sadness that Grandpa Percy & Grandma Gertrude Lambert have to tell the web that their oldest daughter Edith Bernice, known to most of you as Edie Montgrand, was taken from us, on Sept 21st after a three year battle with cancer.
She was first diagnosed with cancer when she underwent breast surgery, and has been undergoing chemo, and radiation since. Being a determined fighter, Edie did not let it get her down, as right to the very last she hid her pain and was cheerful and received her many visitors with a welcome smile. Her daughter Angela summed it up very well when she said, “Mom is living with cancer, not dying with it.” As planned Edie took early retirement two years ago, after more than 35 years in the field of psychiatric nursing. Since retiring she’s been able to spend many hours of her time on the golf links, where she not only improved her game, but made many new friends. When not playing golf, spending time with grandchildren or other family members, she found time for bridge and other card games. She also joined a quilting club, and has made two lovely quilts. And when that wasn’t enough to keep her occupied, she was at her computer delving into genealogy research, resulting in us all gaining knowledge of our family background.
There are many treasured memories of Edie’s 64 years with us, but one that stands front and center right now was the way she offered her home in Moose Jaw for family gatherings. Then when our ever growing family got too large for anyone’s home, Edie booked public facilities for our clan get together’s, when an occasion warranted it. Just to mention some, there were our 60th and 65th anniversaries, and the welcome party for the Cottons (our cousins from England), as well as the annual Xmas parties. Speaking of the Xmas event, Edie again booked The Family Room at Prairie Oasis, where we’ve enjoyed a number of family socials in the past. Edie won’t be with us this year, not physically that is, but she’ll be there in our memories , so for her sake we hope for another good turnout. Lets do it for Edie. That’s Dec. 29th beginning at 4pm, and lasting until we’re ready to leave. Be there if you can.
Edie was predeceased by her first husband Donald Shepherd in 1969, her second husband Mathieu Montgrand in 1983. Besides her parents she is survived by one brother Ed (Ona) Lambert, three sisters Betty (Charlie) Ward, Jean (George) Beck, & Hazel (Mike) Williamson, two daughters Bonnie (Dan) Irvin & Angela Montgrand, three sons Clint Shepherd, and a daughter-in-law Nicole (who is mother of Clint’s three children) John (Jo-Anne) Shepherd & Winston Montgrand, eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
She will be sorely missed by us all, but it’s comforting to know that she’s at peace now, and all those roadblocks that she bravely faced on her journey through life are behind her forever.