Marguerite “Bella” Gagne (nee Poirier)

Bella Poirier Gagne was born October 21st, 1922 in Cold Lake, Alberta and died August 9th, 2023 at the age of 100 years, in Stony Plain, Alberta. She died at the home of her daughter Margy, where she wanted to be.

Bella was born at Norbert & Rosanna Poirier’s homestead in Cold Lake where her
parents Louis and Gladys were living at the time. It later was Fernand and Adeline Poirier’s farm. She was delivered by Alphonse Lefebvre who did the doctoring in Cold Lake in those days.

Bella met and married the love of her life, Ben Gagne with whom she shared her life with for 47 years until his passing September 28th, 1989. They were married at St. Edmunds Parish in Edmonton on June 3, 1947 on his brother Lou’s birthday. The young couple
honeymooned in the beautiful Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.

Bella is survived by her 5 children: Marguerite “Margy” (Dave) Jones, Marcel (Rose) Gagne, Denis (Wanda) Gagne, Marc (Gail) Gagne, and Lenard Gagne.

13 Grandchildren: Jim (Karen) Jones; Roxeanne (Larry) Senych; Paul, Paula and Clinton Gardipy; Jodi (Gregg) Smart; Kristi (David) Legge; Travis, Cody, and Dustin (Jill) Gagne; Cole (Nicole) Gagne; Brandon Gagne; and Kirsten Gagne.

15 Great grandchildren: Nicole, Rene, Reno, Natasha (Matt), Jessica, Justin (Melissa), Blaine, Houston, Colton, Taylor, Jessie, Kayla, Levi, Bella, and Abigail

7 Great-great Grandchildren: William, Kyle, Julianna, Aliza, Aiden, Sawyer, and Hailey.

She is also survived by brother-in-law Lou Gagne, as well an abundance of relatives,
including many nieces and nephews. She knew them all and loved them all.

Sadly the family also lost grandson-in-law Josh, husband of great-granddaughter Rene shortly after Bella’s passing.

Bella was predeceased by her husband Ben Gagne; parents Louis and Gladys Poirier; Siblings Lily Lefebvre and husband Joe; Emma Lobe and husband Gordon; Marcel Poirier and wife Vimy; Hector Poirier and wife Dorothy; Juliette Gerlitz and husband Reg; Florence Embury and husband Fred; Sister-in-law Jeanne Van Hecke and husband Albert; and Sister-in-law Donna Gagne

A Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church near Spruce Grove (200 Boundary Rd) at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday September 9th, officiated by Fr. Jim Corrigan & Fr. Father Joselito Cantal.

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Love you so much Grandma Bella. You will forever be in our hearts. Rest in peace with Grandpa Ben.
Love Bella Jr.
Kristi & Dave

Nancy Poirier

Aunt Bella was always happy to see her nieces and nephews. Even when we lived far away and only visited in the summer, Aunt Bella knew all of us and our children’s names and was genuinely glad that we dropped in. We will keep her in our heart as she kept us in hers. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Nancy Poirier and family

Glenda and Bob

Hugs and love to Bella’s family. How awesome to live such a long good life.

Annette (Poirier) and Bill Hogan

Our most sincere condolences to Bella’s family. She was a very lovely lady and a dear cousin. Always seeing family.


Sympathy’s to the family from Dave and I . Aunty will always be remembered for her strength and love.

Marion, Harvey and Dan

Bella was a fantastic lady with a very sharp memory right up till the end. She will be missed by many. RIP Bella.

Marg and Peter Spilchen

Bella and Ben were both one of the Dykes favourite people. My mom Eugenie always told us Uncle Joe was a very Special Brother, and her children carried her love and respect with them for all the Gagne family. Unfortunately I lost Marie and John this year and I am the only one of our family left. I send our prayers and condolences for your loss.

Jack Jones, Lorain Jones, Kirk Jones, Linn Jones.

A Huge Loss for your Family. Our Condolences.

Jack Jones Family.