Sr Alice TROTTIER (Sr Mie Agnès Joseph), 1922 – 2022

Sœur Alice Trottier, fj (Sœur Marie Agnès Joseph), est décédée à l’infirmerie du Centre de la Providence, Edmonton, Alberta
le dimanche, 25 décembre 2022 à l’âge de 100 ans et 9 mois, dont 80 ans de profession religieuse.

La date des funérailles est à déterminer.

Alice Trottier was born on March 22, 1922, the first born of Albert Trottier and Irène Riopel who lived in Morinville. She had 5 sisters and 1 brother. Alice did all her schooling in Morinville, with Les Filles de Jésus. Alice entered the novitiate of Les Filles de Jésus in Three Rivers, QC and made her first vows on August 4, 1942. She had a long and fruitful ministry in teaching at many levels in diverse places: Morinville, Pincher Creek, Plamondon, and Beaumont. She was not only a very capable teacher but also served as Principal.

Alice was loved by her students. She was a good sport. An example of this, she would go tobogganing with her students, even with full habit, and challenged the boys to pull her up the hill. She had a sense of humor, telling her class she had an exam for them and then putting up a large sign saying: April fool!

She was diligent in preparing herself for the many tasks that awaited her. She received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta in 1954. Her passion was History. In 1958 she earned her Master of Arts in History from University Laval and in 1970 her Doctorate in History from University of Alberta. Between 1969 and 1989, she was professor at the Campus St Jean, University of Alberta, and taught Church History at Newman Theological College.

One of her students, Father Roger Keeler, wrote this about her: “She was a dear friend, a respected historian, and a valued professor. Her gentleness, humor and warmth touched and influenced many who because of her tutelage, now care for God’s people.”

Alice loved the Congregation of Les Filles de Jésus and with the help of Juliette Fournier wrote the history of Les Filles de Jésus en Amérique. She also wrote several other books, for example, the History of Morinville, the History of St-Thomas d’Aquin Parish, etc.  She remained very active in the Francophone community all her life.

And during this time, Alice also was very active in community, doing her share of being in charge, or serving on the Provincial Council.

And when her teaching days were over, she rendered service as Pastoral Administrator in the Holy Family Parish in Calgary for a couple of years. She semi-retired in 2008, still doing such things as translations. Her health was diminishing and in September of 2012 she moved to the Infirmary at Providence Center where she remained for the last ten years of her life. She was an avid reader, preferring historical books to fiction. This past year we celebrated her 100th birthday in March, and her 80th anniversary of Religious Profession in August. More recently she kept saying she would die at the age of 102. Christmas morning, she mentioned to one of our sisters that it was her birthday and that she was 102 years old. That afternoon she did not wake from her nap.

Alice was close to her family. She outlived all her siblings. She had some wonderful nieces and nephews who kept in touch and visited her often. We know she will be missed by us all.

Sr Georgine Morin, fj)

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