Elda Monique D’Eon, 106, of Lower West Pubnico, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2022 with family by her side. Born in Lower West Pubnico on December 3, 1915 during World War 1, to Pierre and Mary Amirault, she was one of 5 children.
As a centenarian she witnessed significant events in her lifetime such as the Spanish flu, the Great Depression and World War 2.
At the age of 7 while her family lived in the US, her older sister Hélène, contracted diphtheria and died from the disease. She passed it on to Elda and at only 7 years old she was isolated from her family in a room for over 10 days and survived.
Always a loving nurturer, she grew up playing with her beloved dolls, which translated into her exceptional skills as homemaker and mother.
After the war during a homecoming celebration, she met her future husband, Alphonse. They married and when she was 34, they had their first of four children. Her hands were full raising three active boys and one younger sister they loved to tease.
Many of her days were spent working at home, knitting socks and sewing quilt tops which she did with immaculate precision. Her husband started his truck driving career during World War 2 as a driver of a Bren gun carrier. He spent time working out west while she stayed home to raise the family. At times she would only have seven dollars on Monday morning to feed them for the week. They ate lots of potato pancakes and homemade bread with butter and molasses, which the kids loved.
She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Women’s Legionnaires group and attended St. Peter's Catholic Church in Middle West Pubnico.
With astonishing resilience, she overcame several health obstacles over the years but managed to keep thriving. At her 105th birthday she celebrated being the oldest living person in Pubnico’s recorded history and went on to reach 106 years and 9 months. She was often asked about the secret to her longevity but she never had an answer. She often said "I never exercised a day in my life." At 100 she renewed her driver’s licence and drove for two more years, often going on Sunday drives to Barrington.
Elda will be dearly missed and is survived by her sister Sylvie; children Malcolm (Lainie), Carmen (Priscilla), Lery (Jean) and Donna (Lester); grandchildren Monique, Adam, Randy, Cammy, Lance, Lorissa, Aaron, Carmen, Mathew and step granddaughter Tanya d’Entremont. She also has 23 great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Alphonse; brothers Enos, Odillon (in infancy) and sisters Marie (in infancy), Hélène & Mary (Emery); grandchildren Mark & Shawna.
A special thanks to the staff of Pont du Marais in Pubnico for their loving care & support during the past 4 years. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Middle West Pubnico on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 10:00am. (There will not be a reception). The service will be live streamed on the West Pubnico Funeral Home and Cremation Service Facebook page beginning at 10am. Elda will be laid to rest in St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery. (family flowers only.) Memorial donations may be made to the St Peter’s Catholic Church Special Project (equipments for internet hookup) or charity of your choice. Online condolences may be forwarded to westpubnicofh.com.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the West Pubnico Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Middle West Pubnico. 902 762-3407
"Forever in our hearts"