In chronological order, here is the timeline for the life of Florence Poulin
|1869||Aug 24 Florence firstborn at St. Joseph de Beauce.|
|Florence attends elementary school at Grand Montagne.|
|1883||Florence is 14 years old – from now until 35 years old in 1904, Florence cares for her dying mother, then nurses her grandmother until her death, and raises ALL her siblings, cooking meals, helping her father in any way possible.|
|1887||18 to 20 years old (1887-1889) Florence completes short teaching assignment in record time – 2 years and with high honors and recognition. She formally applies to enter convent.|
|1889||Florence returns home to say good-byes before entering convent, Elisa’s health diminishes.|
|1889||Florence is accepted into the convent, but her mother, Elisa falls into ill health.
Florence quits school to help sickly mother with house chores & siblings.The convent guaranties that Florence can return and resume her teaching and religious life when she is free from family obligations.
|1891||Elisa dies Aug 17, 1891. Florence is 22 and will remain home to raise 9 siblings.
Her dreams of entering the convent are over.
|1891||Florence cares for Elisabeth’s mother for 9 months when Henrietta suffers a stroke; she is paralyzed and often incoherent.
At night, Florence hears the prayer bell from the nearly priest’s chapel. This chapel is near the school where all of Evariste’s children attended.
|1898||Eugene Almeria marries.
Florence is depressed, and feels that her dreams will never come true. She stops studying in books, and accepts her life.
|1901||Oct 22 Death of Henrietta Martin at St. Joseph of Beauce at 77.
Henrietta was Elisa’s mother.
|1901||Oct 26 Burial of of Henrietta Martin at St. Joseph of Beauce.|
|1903||Sept 20 Eugenie Almeria dies, one of Florence’s siblings.|
|1904||Florence is an aged 35 years, sickly and she becomes half-blinded by some accident.
Florence has spent 22 years raising her siblings from age 13 to now (1882-1904) and helping her father on the farm.
|1904||May 20 Florence enters the convent for the 2nd time but not without a fight, or strong persuasion back and forth with the convent.
They GUARANTEED her that she could return. Now older, they don’t want her.
When they finally do accept her, Florence enters the convent as an Auxialy nun.
She will never be a fully-fledged religious nun(with a path to teaching children).
She will always be an unskilled worker.
|1904||Florence is now 35. From now until 70 years old at the time of her death, she will serve in low skilled jobs for the next 35 years.|
|1905||Jan 31 Philomene, Florence’s youngest sister marries.|
|1906||July 30 Florence takes Postulant vows.|
|1906||Sister Florentin is cook at Caçouna Convent and at the Orphanage of Saint-Sauveur.
She works as a cook for 19 years (1906-1924).
|1911||July 31 Florence takes her final vows presided by the Archbishop of Quebec, the Most Holy Monseigneur Paul-Eugene Roy (8 November 1859 – 20 February 1926), a Canadian Roman Catholic priest, and Archbishop of Quebec.|
|1923||April 11 Florence undergoes a surgical operation that was very serious with no promise of favorable results. She recovered amazingly fast. Her recovery takes a few months and she rests well during that time.|
|1924||Sister Florence stops cooking at Caçouna Convent and at Orphanage of Saint-Sauveur.|
|1924||Florence is now tasked to writing letters for patience and has copious amounts of work to perform. She has burned herself out and is suffering from a failing liver.|
|1924||End of the year, Florence is reassigned to the Hospice of Saint Joseph de la Deliverance at Lévis – first as a caregiver of the ill, then as a patient. She will work as a caregiver day and night to the dying for 14 more years.|
|1928||Nov 1 Florence visits her father, Evariste on his deathbed shortly before his death.|
|1928||Nov 12 Evariste dies at 87.|
|1933||July 11 Florence signs her Testament. She must have been sickly at that time.|
|1939||Sister Florence becomes more and more frail.
Her duties are modified to meet her physical limitations.
Finally the Motherhouse announces that she will retire.
Sister Florence maintains her post nevertheless.
|1939||Sept 2 Florence asks to receive communion over and over.
She knows that the end is near.
|1939||Sept 13 A major uproar from elder patients begins.
Doctor Fortin personally convinces Sister Florence that it is necessary for her to retire.
|1939||Sept 16 Florence dies at 70 years old, 35 years in religious life – 14 years as caregiver.
Two brothers (Nazaire and Arthur Poulin) and 1 sister attend the funeral with Henri Giroux and Francis Lessard.
In a private home, surviving family members, usually females, would sit on the stomach of the deceased to press out the bowels and make a multi-day and night presentation of the deceased more palatable for receiving relatives. When relatives from far off arrived, they were fed immediately, then given drink, then would view the corpse.