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 Mary Minolia <I>Gaudet</I> Brown

Mary Minolia Gaudet Brown

Tignish, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Death 9 Jan 2010 (aged 95)
Quebec, Canada
Burial Cremated, Other, Specifically: Longueuil, Quebec Crematorium
Memorial ID 46494663 · View Source
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** To follow is a story written by Mrs. Brown in the spring of 2003 for a Gaudet Family Reunion to occur that summer.

Mary Minolia Gaudet Brown

September 20th in the year 1914, I was born in Prince Edward Island, the ninth child of Marie Sophie and John Peter Gaudet. My father was born October 7, 1871; my mother, June 10, 1877. They married in 1893 in Nail Pond, Prince Edward Island.

I was baptized on the 27th of September at the age of eight years. My mother took me to Montreal where my older sister was staying. Her name was Eleonore and she was a Sister of Charity. When school started, I went to a boarding school in Beaucharnoit. During school vacations, I would go and spend time with my sister Eleonore. She worked in the kitchen of an orphanage. I liked it there because she would let me help her with cooking.

At the age of 12, I went back home to P.E.I.. I went to school for another two years before I left to work for a lady not far from my family's home. I was paid $2.00 a month. I was 14 years old. Then, at the age of 16, I left home to go to work with my sister Eleonore for $10.00 a month. I worked for her for a year or so in the convent, then left to go to work for a lady paying me $15.00 a month. I thought I was rich!

Jimmy Brown was working for the nuns in the same convent I was working at. On our first date, we went to a boxing match. Jimmy like boxing because he once boxed himself, but not professionally. After a while, we took an apartment. Sister Eleonore, did not like that.

One day he got a letter from his brother in England saying that his mother was very ill. He went to England and while he was there the war started. Jimmy was called to fight and he stayed in the Army for about one year then he asked to be transferred to the Merchant Marines. He stayed in the service until the end of the war. After he came home in 1942, we were married at St. Patric's Church in Montreal. We did not go on a honeymoon.

What I would like you to remember is that I had a happy marriage and raised three lovely daughters and a wonderful son. I have had 89 years of a happy life. I thank God.

Written by
Mary "Minolia" Gaudet Brown
Spring 2003

Mary "Minolia" and Jimmy Brown's Children

Nora was born June 19, 1937

Jimmy was born March 10, 1944

Marguerite Rose was born September 3, 1949

Joyce was born September 20, 1953

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  • Created by: G.R.Deschenes
  • Added: 9 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46494663
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Minolia Gaudet Brown (20 Sep 1914–9 Jan 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46494663, ; Maintained by G.R.Deschenes (contributor 47151865) Cremated, Other, who reports a Longueuil, Quebec Crematorium.