It is with profound sorrow that the family of Jennifer Lynn Yvonne Mainville announce her passing on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 in Thunder Bay, Ont.
Jennifer was born on June 28, 1986 in Fort Frances, Ont. She grew up in Couchiching First Nation and Fort Frances. After graduating high school she lived in Calgary, Lac La Croix and then Thunder Bay before returning to her community.
She studied and graduated from the Indigenous Wellness and Addictions Prevention Program with her brother in 2008. Jen was very proud of this accomplishment.
She was very close with her Gramma Connie and two Gramma Bessies spending countless hours learning life lessons while keeping them company. She understood that learning from elders was a sign of respect and always approached them with humility.
Jen was our guiding light through many difficult times always reaching out when people needed her the most. She was there when friends or family were homeless and needed shelter, or when people needed clothing and food. She was always willing to give more than she had. Jennifer's love, humour, thoughtfulness and beauty will forever be cherished and live on through her three beautiful daughters.
Jennifer is survived by her daughters, Summer, Taryn and Taleah; parents, Peggy and Rick Atatise, Elmer Mainville Jr., and Joyce Ottertail (Dan); brothers, Jason Mainville (Jasmine), and his children, Kailyn, Anthony, Shayden and Jace, Walter Mainville (Michelle) and their children, Avery and Aliah, Bobby Atatise (Gary), Stephanie Boshey (Doug) and children, Haleigh and Max, Clayton Ottertail (Lynn) and his children, Shania and Rainee, and Vince Ottertail and his son, Jaelin; stepson, Trent Morrisseau; aunts and uncles, Anita (Norm) Copenace, Tony Mainville, Gloria Manitowabi (Kevin), Donna Mainville, Betty Ann Mainville, Gwen (David) Miller, and Trevor Jordan (DeeAnn); grandmother, Bessie Mainville; and numerous cousins.
Jennifer is also survived by Summer's father, Jim Atatise Jr.
She was predeceased by her great grandmother, Constance Bruyere; grandparents, Elmer Mainville Sr., Anthony and Yvonne Jordan; uncles, Maurice Burns, Nick Mainville Sr. and Ritchie Mainville, aunt, Theresa Mainville, brother, Richard Atatise Jr. and partner, Rudolph Morrisseau Jr. (father of Taryn and Taleah)
A visitation will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7 p.m. at Green Funeral Home. Parish Prayers will be offered at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 11 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Couchiching First Nation with Father Alan Albao officiating.
Interment will take place in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery.
The pallbearers will be Josh Miller, Jordan Miller, Bill Mainville, Gary Ball, Kyle Copenace and Dax Kasper.
The honourary pallbearers will be Misty Peterson, Dianna Singleton, Danielle Bruyere, Delia Whitecrow, Toni-Lynn Mainville, Michelle McGuire, Jenna Morrisseau and Jodie Tucker.
If friends so desire in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Online condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.