Terry left us peacefully on August 22, 2019 with her best friend Dianne Cowley by her side.
Terry was born to François Arcand and Marie Rose Lacourse in Park Valley, SK on August 8, 1934. Terry was the youngest and only surviving child of six. She was born in a granary that had been converted to a house and was delivered by a local mid wife. She was raised with her adoptive brother George and her cousin Jean. Terry was home schooled by her French grandmother until her early teens when she was finally ready to attend her first day of school. Her transportation was the family horse Babe, who unfortunately became spooked and took off running. She fell off the horse and broke her arm but once healed was able to enjoy school away from home.
Terry spent her younger years caring for her mother who had contracted the Spanish Flu, unfortunately her mom passed away at an early age. In her later adult years, she became a caregiver for her father as well, having him live with their family for 12 years. Terry met and married Clarence Milligan at the Knox United Church in Regina in 1957 and later divorced.
Following her divorce, Terry and her children lived in a three room shack behind Grandma Vi Milligan’s home in Meadow Croft. Even though she had her own children to care for, Terry would babysit Vi’s children in exchange for a place to live. Although it wasn't always easy, she raised six children on her own and found ways to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. Vi and Terry quickly became best friends and spent much time together, a favourite was enjoying a beer and tomato juice with a pepperoni stick on a Saturday afternoon, it was a well-deserved break for both of them.
Terry was very musical and after her cousin taught her three chords, she continued to learn and excelled at playing the guitar and was known to take out her guitar and the kids would gather around to sing. Vi was always there with her songbook picking out the next song. Terry would often sing with local bands in order to buy her children a swing set or whatever was needed to keep her family going. She taught her children how to sing in harmony and they did so well that Terry and her girls were chosen to sing on Tiny Talent. She was also a talented seamstress making her children’s clothes, quilts for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as making bridesmaids dresses for Helen Munday’s wedding. She also taught herself to knit and made slippers, socks, toques and mittens for her children and anyone else who needed them.
During her years in Carrot River, Terry enjoyed several business ventures. She owned and operated Sing’s Café for several years, later changing the name to Terry’s Grill. She was well known for feeding any and all who were hungry whether they had money or not, they could always pay later. Sometime later she managed the local rec / pool hall. During this time, she learned how to crochet and was known on occasion to play a game or two of pool.
Terry is survived by her six children, Bradley (Blackie), Leslie (Doreen), Brenda (Garth) Döehl, Debora (John) Pauchay,Karen (Bob) Duffin, Trudy (Garry) Brochu and her daughter in law Janice Milligan. She is also survived by her seven grandchildren, Matthew Brochu, Virginia, Franklin (Katelyn) and Victoria Hopkins, Dylan and Jesse Döehl, Alex Milligan and four great grandchildren, Katie Brochu, Bella, Kobe and Jaxon Döehl. Terry is predeceased by her granddaughter Nicole Milligan.
Terry will be dearly missed by her children and family and many friends. She will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity,
a great sense of humour and her loving smile and laughter.
Terry’s family would also like to thank the Carrot River Nursing Home for being her caregiver these last years and a special thank you to Bonnie Hampton for also being with her when she left to join her heavenly family.
Bonnie and Terry spent many mornings together sharing laughs before both getting on with their day. Another thank you to Jake Rogers who stayed with her late into the morning so she wouldn’t be alone. We all feel blessed that our mom was in such good care, she wasn’t just another person in the home, they made her feel special and treated her with respect and kindness.