Celanire Vachon dit Pomerleau

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Marie Celanire Georgiana Vachon dit Pomerleau spent most of her life in Saint Marie de Beauce.  At her mother’s 50th wedding anniversary, Celanire is almost indistinguishable from her remaining nine sisters. The  facial features of Abanaki or Algonquin First Nation people have already been etched on all their faces.

Celanire Pomerleau in 1905.

Women like Celanire managed their children, all but the most critical farm animals, shared animal husbandry chores with their spouses, grew and preserved garden foods, prepared medical balms and ointments for their household.  They would help with all childbirth and laying out of the dead tasks as embalming was not a practice for many years to come.

Joyce

Joyce Derenas is a historical fiction author who writes stories based on the real lives of her French-Canadian ancestors of the Beauce Valley in Quebec.