FIELD, Paulette Anne

It is with great sadness, and much love, that we announce the peaceful passing of Paulette Field on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at the Edmonton General, 9Y wing, surrounded by family members.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 33 years, Brenton, their two sons: Mark, and Matthew (Amy, and their two sons, Colin, and Ethan), Sisters: Diane (Percy), Maureen (Mickey), Gail (Leonard), Brothers: Don (Linda), and Paul, as well as many nephews and nieces. She is predeceased by her parents Doug and Edna Forgeron.
The youngest of six siblings, she was born in Arichat, Cape Breton, NS, and grew up in the nearby community of Louisdale, where she enjoyed the love of her extended family, and a large, close-knit group of friends.
After completing high school (with honours), she relocated to Halifax, NS, where, in 1985, she graduated from the Halifax Infirmary as a RN nurse. Other than her children, this was what she was most proud of. As an added achievement, her classmates bestowed upon her the honour of class Valedictorian.
She practiced in Halifax, and for a year in Greenwich, Conn., before marrying Brenton, and moving to Whitecourt, Alta., where her sister Diane (it’s a dry cold!) and husband Percy were. She quickly picked up her nursing career again and practiced for almost fifteen more years, with short stops to have Matthew and Mark, and finally retiring after MS forced her hand.

She loved nursing. Her compassion and empathy for the people under her care was unwavering and unmatched. The docs, and her nursing sisters, loved to work with her; they could count on her, in all situations, and they knew she had their backs. Period.
She loved being a mom. She was passionately involved in whatever the boys were involved in. “Education comes first” was something she learned from her father, a former high school principal, and she applied that principal with enthusiasm, even home schooling at the times she felt the boys needed it. Both sons have thrived, and excelled, due to her love and teaching, and both are now men she is fiercely proud of.
Her home was, and always will be, in Nova Scotia, and most family vacations were spent with family and friends back home. Nanny & Papou, Grampie, swimming in the Bras D’or Lakes, finding sea glass and sand dollars at the beach, boating, beaver tails, bonfires, black night skies filled with stars (and the occasional bat at Northport!), trips to ‘PDI’, and always lots of homemade meals. Never met a lobster she didn’t like!
MS forced her to leave her profession, and gradually stole her independence. She was able to stay at home due to the efforts of many people: her family; Dr Linda Carter; Shelly Harris, her main AHS Palliative Nurse; and her home care aides who provided exemplary daily care. Of note: Kayleigh (8 mos.), Ping (5+ years), and especially Janice (4+ years), whose efforts went way over and above her job description. Thank you, Janice. We will be forever grateful to you all.
We are saddened that she will not get to see her grandbabies grow up, but relieved that she has left her broken body, and sure in the belief that she is in Heaven with her mom and dad.
A Service & Interment of the ashes will take place at 11am, Saturday, October 1, 2022, at St Louis Catholic Church, in Lousidale, Richmond County, Cape Breton. Reception to follow at the Church Hall.
Donations can be made to the St Louis Cemetery, 150 Grandique Ferry Road,
Louisdale, N.S., B0E 1V0, or a charity of your choice.

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David Morris

Hello Brent … my heartfelt condolences to you and your sons on the loss of your wife, Paulette. Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting her, she sounds like a wonderful person and I can only imagine how her absence will impact your lives.

I will always remember your visits to Advocate Harbour when we were young. I had much respect for both your parents.

David Morris (first cousin, once removed)

Al Gummesen

Sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful woman, always smiling despite the challenges she faced.

Deepest condolences from Cathy and I.

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