O. Pat Gervais
OLIVIA PATRICIA GERVAIS was born on February 19, 1922 in a nursing home in Belfast, Northern Ireland; she was the daughter of Henry and Annie Priestly (Mitchell) Adair.
As a youth, she attended public schools in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland and later continued her education in the London College of Music as a violinist.
She was united in marriage to Lionel A. (Bud) Gervais on April 25, 1945 at Our Lady of Carersham, Berkshire, England.
After the war, they moved to Elgin, Illinois, where Bud attended Watchmakers College from 1945 to 1947.
They then moved to Pipestone, Minnesota from 1947 to 1949 and finally settling in Jackson where they remained for the next fifty plus years. She was for many years a full time homemaker for her husband and seven children.
She was a secretary and bookstore manager at the Technical College for 5 years and had also worked half days in the Ag Department for 10 years.
Bud passed away on January 19, 1998.
Pat continued to make her home in Jackson until 2005, when she moved to Duluth, Minnesota, to be closer to family.
Pat passed away at the Benedictine Healthcare Center in Duluth on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 18 days.
Pat was an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jackson and served as sacristan for the Church, a choir member and a Community Education board member. She had also been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a Hospice Volunteer for Cottonwood/Jackson Counties. She had been a RSVP volunteer.
Pat is survived by her seven children, Gloria (Greg Adkisson) Gervais of Ely, Minnesota, Bruce (Sandra) Gervais of Algona, Iowa, Patrice (Gerald) Pribula of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, Paul (Carrie) Gervais of Montevideo, Minnesota, Maria(Tim)Redfern of Florence, Montana, David (Brenda) Gervais of Storm Lake, Iowa and Mary (Raoul) Coronel de Silva of Fairmont, Minnesota, 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson, a brother, Norman (Jose) Adair of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and a sister, Gloria Stanbury of Emsworth, Hantshire, England.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lionel (Bud), a sister, Pearl Kinghan.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, October 18.2008 at the Church of the Good Shepherd with Father Peter Schuster officiating. Burial of the cremains will be in Good Shepherd Cemetery – Jackson
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the Church.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Food for the Poor or the Poverello Fund.
Blessed be the memory of Olivia Patricia Gervais.