August 14, 1956 – November 12, 2014 (58 years)
Louise passed away peacefully at home on November 12, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Beloved mother to Allan and Tina Louise, she will also be sadly missed by her sisters and brother, Sandra Lavier, Lorraine McEwen, and Dwayne Rabideau (Marsha), as well as many nieces, nephews, and others whose hearts she has touched. Predeceased by parents Allan and Marie Therese Rabideau, and by her brother Michael Rabideau. Louise was an artist who relished in practicing her craft and inspired many with the beauty of her work. Allan and Tina would like to extend their love and thanks for the caring and kindness she received from her incredible care team, particularly Dr. Lisa Cross, Louise’s nurses Robyn and Jennifer, and the personal support workers who all helped to keep their mother peaceful and comfortable in her final days. Loved. Missed. Free.
Louise was diagnosed and began treatment for small cell lung cancer in March 2013. Her cancer went into remission briefly before returning and spreading to her liver and bones. Treatment was stopped in June 2014 and she was moved into the care of the Community Palliative Medical Associates. As her disease progressed, she continued to be cared for at home by her children and wonderful team of nurses and support workers, coordinated by the CCAC. An example to us all, she always had a smile for visitors, even unto her last day. She remained home, strong, comfortable, and at peace right up until the end.
As per her wishes the family will be holding visitation at home, where she lived her life, raised her children, cared for her mother, and spent her final days. Visitation will take place for three days prior to her memorial, November 20, 21, and 22nd. Her home at 1193 Summerville Ave will be open from 12pm-4pm and 5pm-8pm to all who wish to come and pay their respects or to celebrate her life with those who knew her best. (UPDATE: The postal card, for anybody wishing to send a card, is K1Z 8G3.)
A secular memorial service will be held for Louise at 10:30am on Sunday, November 23rd at the Avalon Studio (738 Bank Street @ 2nd Ave). All are welcome to attend as her family and friends honour and celebrate the rich life and lasting legacy of a woman who loved well and was well loved. (UPDATE: During the memorial, we will be inviting up those who wish to say a few words about what Louise meant to their lives or what they will remember most.)
Louise’s remains will be privately buried at Pinecrest Cemetary alongside her dear parents in the days following the memorial.
As an alternative to flowers, donations can be made to The Cancer Society, Hospice Care Ottawa, or any charity dedicated to helping single mothers such as the Youville Centre. (Though Louise loved flowers and they’re more than welcome.)
Please check back with this page over the coming days as more information is added and any changes to planned services will be reflected here.