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After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Sharon Ann Strachan, 69, passed away peacefully with her husband and daughters by her side on Aug. 17, 2019.

Sharon was born June 21, 1950 in Fort Frances, Ontario to Clifford and Amelia Bruyere. Sharon grew up in a large family on Couchiching First Nation with numerous sisters and brothers.

Sharon married Murray on April 27, 1968 at Our Lady of Lourdes on Couchiching First Nation. They had a son, Craig, who passed away at a young age in a tragic accident.

Sharon and Murray eventually settled in Alberta where both Michelle and Nicole were born. In 1984, they returned to Fort Frances, Ontario where they raised their daughters.

Sharon returned to school and received her nursing degree in 1986. She started her nursing career at Rainycrest Home for the Aged and for the final 20 years of her career, she worked at Gizhewaadiziwin Health Access Centre on Couchiching First Nation where she made many lifelong friends.

Sharon retired in September 2015 but continued to work casual and part time hours at Gizhewaadizwin Health Access Centre. Sharon remained dedicated to her career and enjoyed working with her colleagues.

Sharon remained brave in her fight against cancer, especially in the last few months.

She leaves behind her loving husband, Murray Strachan; their daughters, Michelle Strachan and Nicole Miller (Craig); step-son Troy Pollard; her four granddaughters, Piper Miller, Davilyn Miller, Quinn Miller and Aria Strachan; and her grandson, Cole Pollard.

Sharon also leaves behind her brothers and sisters, Pauline Perrault, Laura Bruyere, Mary Lou Parks, Holly Bruyere, Red Bruyere, John Bruyere, Kevin Bruyere and Guy Bruyere; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sharon was predeceased by her son, Craig Strachan; her grandson, Logan Strachan; her parents, Clifford and Amelia Bruyere; her brothers, Leslie Bruyere, Glenn Bruyere, and Keith Bruyere; and her sister, Juanita “Tina” Bruyere.

Honorary pallbearers for Sharon will be Donna Hayes, Janice Parks, Donna Heyens, Jackie Bruyere, Pauline Perreault and Laura Bruyere.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Couchiching First Nation on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. with a reception to follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fort Frances Community Chest or the Canadian Cancer Society.