1952 – 2017
Jeanne–Mance (Beaulieu) Riordon, age 64, from Pokeshaw, died suddenly on Friday, May 12th at the Saint John Regional Hospital following complications from heart surgery.
She leaves behind her loving husband, George; her daughter Sonya Noble and husband Ross and her beloved grandchildren, Lauren, Patrick and James; her sister Laurette Beaulieu; sister–in–law and friend Juliette Beaulieu, brothers Réal Beaulieu and Gilbert (Linda) Beaulieu, and foster daughter Kim Adams and her daughters Kayla and Bianca; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents, Gilberte and Arthur Beaulieu, her brother Berthier Beaulieu, her sister Réjeanne Dubé, and her niece Chantal O’Hearn.
Passionate, vibrant, joyous and determined are just some of the many qualities Jeanne–Mance was known for. She was a woman who brought happiness to many she encountered whether they were close friends or new acquaintances.
She loved music and could be found singing pretty much everywhere – at the kitchen sink, in the car, on karaoke nights or in the various choirs and plays in which she participated. She may have even sung in her sleep. The only passion she had greater than singing was her love and devotion for her family, and in particular, her role as Memere to Lauren, Patrick and James who were her pride and joy.
She devoted her entire life to helping others, whether it was professionally through her work with social services, or helping out a friend or stranger in need. Many people benefited from her generous spirit and her “joie de vivre”. Jeanne–Mance was always giving of her time and talents and could often be found in the middle of any community charity or volunteer–driven event.
When Sonya was younger, she was known as “Mom’s Taxi”, always carting Sonya and her friends from activity to activity, making sure every child could partake in outings. She was loved like a second Mom by many of Sonya’s friends. She was incredibly generous, thoughtful and inclusive.
Always known to have a smile on her face, a hearty laugh, a compassionate soul, and a listening ear. She was always eager to try new things, and took obstacles as a challenge to be defeated. She will be greatly missed by those who knew her.
Visitation will be held at LeGresley Funeral Home at 322 Rue Acadie, Grande–Anse, NB on Tuesday, May 16th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9, as well as on Wednesday, May 17th from 12:30 to 1:30. The funeral service will be held at St, Simon and St Jude Church in Grande–Anse at 2pm Wednesday, May 17th. A reception will follow at the Pokeshaw Black–Rock Recreational Centre.
Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or to the Pokeshaw Black Rock Recreational Center. You can send your messages of sympathy on the website: www.mflegresley.ca
Funeral arrangements are in care of LeGresley Funeral Home, Grande–Anse.