Elsie Poirier


A loving mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great grandmother and nurse lost her battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 85. Elsie Poirier passed away on February 11, 2010 at the Elk Valley Hospital in Fernie, BC.Elsie was born on March 4th,1924 in Dalhousie,New Brunswick. Elsie went to primary and secondary schools in Campbellton,NB , graduating in 1942. Soon after, Elsie went to Nursing school at St.Joseph’s Hotel Dieu hospital in Campbellton, graduating in 1947 and started a life of nursing and caring for people.Elsie married Paul Poirier of New Carlisle,QC on October 5th, 1947 and moved to New Carlisle. She often travelled around the Gaspe coast assisting a local doctor to deliver babies, care for patients and even at times acted as a veterinarian for wounded pets. Elsie and Paul raised a family of 4 children in New Carlisle.In 1962 the family moved to Campbellton,NB and Elsie nursed at the Hotel Dieu hospital. In 1964 the family moved to North Bay, ON where Elsie continued to nurse and even began oil painting, later becoming a very accomplished artist.The family then moved to Pierrefonds QC (Montreal) in 1967 where Elsie became a surgical nurse at the Lakeshore General Hospital in Pointe Claire QC and later became the head nurse on the surgical floor. Predeceased by her husband Paul on December 3, 1980, Elsie eventually retired from nursing on May 29, 1989 and lived in Pierrefonds until October 2004, moving with her daughter June to Elkford BC to be closer to her other 2 daughters, Carroll and Paula and their families.Elsie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005 and eventually moved in to Rocky Mountain Village in Fernie BC, in assisted living, where she was treated with the greatest of care. Her battle with Parkinson’s disease was very courageous, fighting for her independence to the very end. Everyone is so proud of her determination.Elsie is survived by her daughters – Carroll MacKinnon (Jack) of Elkord,BC, Paula Smith (John) of Elkford,BC and June of Elkford,BC and son Barry Poirier of Escuminac,QC., her grandchildren Billy(Megan), David(Sabrina), Robbie and Ryan(Zenia)and Jason(Vanessa)., her great-grandchildren Zadia, Zander, Brock, Noah, Josh and Felicia. She is also survived by her brother, Raymond Stewart (Mina) of Campbellton,NB and brother Bob Stewart (Phyliss) of Louisville, Kentucky and her sister Jean Daniels of Gibsons,BC. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.

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