August 28, 1941 – August 4, 2021
It’s with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our mother Leona (Lee) Sylvia Montgomery Tremblay on August 4th at Royal Inland Hospital. Our mom has gone to join our dad Rudy. Mom was born August 28, 1941 at the Pavilion Indian Reserve.
Mom is survived by her children Marlene Tremblay of Jonquiere, Quebec, Marvin Tremblay (Norma) of Nanaimo, Laverne Tremblay(Keith Morgan), Sandi Tremblay and Rod Tremblay all of Kamloops.
She will be missed by her grandchildren Kristy Tremblay-Mandracchia (Johnny), Audrey Gagnon (Dominic Bourget), Diana Moore (Kyle Wiest), Michael Tremblay, Rikki Banks (Aaron).
Great Grandchildren Talon Tremblay, Ayden Wiest, Brooklyn Banks, Corbin Wiest, Grayson Banks, Kade Tremblay, Bentley Banks, Rylan Tremblay, Laeticia Bourget, and Megan Bourget.
She is survived by her sister Debi Shintah (Robert) of Pavilion and brother Danny Montgomery of Wenatchee, Washington. She will also be missed by many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Leona was predeceased by her husband Rudy (Rodolphe) Tremblay, great grandson Seth Wiest, sisters Rose Perry and Vicki Pierro and brothers, Charlie Montgomery, Ronnie Montgomery and Walter James.
Mom was proud to a member of the Bonaparte Indian Band and made sure she instilled that pride in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mom’s parents were Lizzie Morgan of Bonaparte and John (Jack) Montgomery Jr. of Big Bar. Her grandparents were John Morgan and Louisa Casimir of Bonaparte. John Montgomery Sr. of Riske Creek and Rose Hartman of Big Bar. Mom was raised in Big Bar, Hat Creek, Bonaparte, Cache Creek, Ashcroft, Vancouver and Kamloops.
Mom never had the opportunity to finish school and after she had made sure each of us graduated from high school then mom went on to complete grade 12 in 1996.
Mom and Dad moved to Clearwater for work in 1963 and this is where they raised their family. Mom was a very involved parent and volunteered countless hours scorekeeping for hockey and baseball. She spent many hours cooking big pots of chili, stew and hamburger soup to feed us and other hockey and baseball players that needed a meal.
She drove us to the many activities we were involved in. Mom was an excellent seamstress and sewed many of our clothes. In mom’s younger days she would spend time with her grandparents at Hat Creek. She has fond memories of haying, riding horses, fishing, canning, cooking and at her grandmother’s insistence ironing everything including the underwear.
Our mom had a strength and persistence that knew no bounds. Once she made up her mind about something nothing would deter her from her mission. We were lucky to have a mom who was always there for each of us and had the persistence that at times drove us crazy, but we also appreciated her strength.
In May of 2022 we will all be travelling to spread mom and dad’s ashes in Quebec, McLeans Lake, and Hat Creek. We miss you mom, but we know you are with dad now. We will look after each other.
We would like to thank the 7 North staff at Royal Inland Hospital for taking good care of our mother.
A celebration of life will be held August 29, 2021 at 11:00 am at Moccasin Square Gardens located at 315 Southern Yellowhead Highway, Kamloops (near the pow wow grounds). We invite everyone to have lunch with the family after the service.
Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com. 250-377-8225
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