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Obituary for Marguerite Stella Paulin (Houle)

Marguerite Stella Paulin — April 25th 1946 — November 20th 2023.
Marguerite, A kind, gentle, beautiful soul, a loving partner for nine years, passed away in St. Joseph's
Hospital in Guelph as a result of advanced Alzheimer's Disease.
She was the mother of four, grandmother of twelve and great-grandmother of three.
Her life was marked by the love and concern she showed towards her family, her own well-being always secondary to their needs and welfare.
Well-travelled, she lived with her family in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta.
She enjoyed Crafts, Knitting, Picnics, Travel, and watching classic black and white films on TCM.
Marguerite displayed a natural kindness and friendship to all who knew and loved her.
There was no pretense about her.
Marguerite lost her mother when she was fourteen. She was no stranger to hardship, yet was never changed by bitterness or anger,
Children were the main focus of her life, hers and those of others. A natural care giver, they were drawn into her love and affection.
Marguerite was proud of her Metis Heritage, and was actively involved with the Metis Nation of
Ontario, transporting people from their homes to medical appointments across the Ottawa Valley.
Consciously or not, she displayed a combination of natural kindness, harmony with all people.
and a spiritual attachment to her historical background.
The famous historical figure, Crowfoot, of the Cree/Metis First Nation Confederacy, captured this spirit in a memorable quote: -
"A little while and I will be gone from among you. From nowhere we come and nowhere we go.
What is a life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night,
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow that moves across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."
Marguerite cast a large shadow.
All who fell within it will remember her.
Colin C. Heap.
I wish to thank all the people and organizations involved in Marguerite's care during her struggle with that terrible disease — particularly Sunnyside House in Cambridge, Guelph General Hospital,
St. Joseph's Hospital -Palliative Care, Waterloo Region Home and Community Support Services and Corbett Funeral Home Limited, Cambridge.