Gisele's Story

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Gisele Christiane Marie LeBlanc ended her relationship with Mr. Alz Heimer on December 21, 2017 in Burlington, Wa. They had been together since 2004 and he will not be missed. She was 83.
Gisele was born in Toul, France December 13, 1934, immigrating to America in 1960. She settled in Tolleson, Arizona for over 40 years before moving to LaConner in 2010 to live with her daughter. Her son Jim, made the trek from Arizona to visit and his presence always brought mom much joy and comfort.

She was the 6th of 10 children - preceded in death by her parents Maurice and Lucie Lavenir; her brothers Maurice, Michel, Marcel, Pierrot, and Jean. Sisters Hugette and Monique. Son in law Herk Hancock. She is survived by sisters Jeanine and Suzanne, numerous nieces and nephews, her 2 children - Stephanie Hancock and Jim LeBlanc, 2 grandchildren - Cubby and Jaynie Hancock, and best friend Bunny.

One of our mom's utmost pleasures in her final years was dancing weekly to the music of "The Skippers" at Hillcrest Park with her dear friend Arberta, who provided a spritz of cologne and costume jewelry for extra confidence on the dance floor. Mom's love of dance and music was the one thing Mr. Alz Heimer could not take away, despite his efforts. She passed away listening to the sounds of her beloved band.

Our family sincerely thanks, each and every caregiver from Where the Heart Is in Burlington for the loving care they provided for the past 7 years and Hospice of the Northwest for providing such comfort in her final foggy days.
We would also like to express our appreciation to United General Hospital for the special attention and care they provided our mom during her stay there.

An extra special thank you to my daughter Jaynie from the bottom of my heart for the many photos and videos of mom, as well as the countless hours spent loving and caring for her grandma with dignity and grace.

Early on, Mom would always say "Don't forget me" at the end of a visit - what she was really saying was "Don't let me forget myself".
It is comforting to know that Gisele knows who Gisele is again.

In Mom's memory, consider a donation to the Hospice or Meals on Wheels in your community. They provide incredible support for the infirmed and end of life in ways unimaginable until you need them.
Published on January 22, 2018
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