She died just a couple of weeks after my grandparents were married (November 27, 1929). Madeline's daughter Eileen (the eldest) was the flower girl.
|My grandparents wedding on November 27, 1929|
with Madeline's daughter Eileen Denarse as flower girl (centre)
What had begun as an ear ache developed into cerebral spinal meningitis and Dr. McGavin of Hotel Dieu attended to Madeline from December 3 to December 10 when she succumbed to the illness on December 11, 1929.
Grandma Elizabeth (Annal) Coughlin cared for her and all four children while she was ill. My grand aunt Betty Harrison told my cousin Gail Kinsel that Grandma Coughlin "made sure that all of Madeline's children had a joyous Christmas and that all of the children got gifts from Santa."
What a difficult year it must have been for those children and her husband Joseph Demarse.
|Mary Madeline (Coughlin) Demarse|
Mary Madeline Coughlin (my grand aunt) was the first born child of William and Elizabeth (Annal) Coughlin and she was born on the 4th of September 1900 in Wallaceburg, ON, Canada
In 1901, Madeline was living with her parents (William and Elizabeth) in the home of her grandparents, James Henry and Mary (Hess) Annal in Wallaceburg, Ontario.
|Source: Year: 1901; Census Place: Wallaceburg (Town/Ville), Bothwell, Ontario; Page: 13; Family No: 118|
|Source: Year: 1911; Census Place: 47 - Wallaceburg, Kent East, Ontario; Page: 18; Family No: 196|
|Madeline, the eldest daughter, is standing at the back|
The other sisters in the picture in birth order are: Rhea (1902), Margaret (1904), Viola (1906), Gretta (1910) and Betty ("Bessie) (1913)
|Wedding Day - November 17, 1920|
The witnesses to their wedding were
William Demarse and Margarite Coughlin
|Source: Archives of Ontario; Series: MS932; Reel: 528|
From this union, four children were born:
- Eileen Margaret (Demarse) VanHuyse (1921-1990)
- Joseph Aurele Demarse (1923-1998)
- Madeline Demarse (1927-2010)
- Elizabeth ("Betty") (Demarse) Lauzon
|The Border Cities Star. |
December 12, 1929 (Page 7 of 42)
|Source: Archives of Ontario; Series: MS935; Reel: 370|