Marie Verda Dupuis, otherwise known as Big V, has made her last attempt at putting on her make-up. Verda was born in 1931 in New Mills, NB, to Gordon and Myrtle Joncas and eventually moved to Val’ d’Or, Quebec. She then grew up with her sisters Macrena, Adeline, Madeline, Lynn, and two brothers Milan, and Wildor.
Verda was always the life of the party, dancing and having fun. She never missed a chance to boast about her 30+ suitors and how she broke all their hearts by marrying the love of her life, Rejean Dupuis on October 26th, 1951. We were often told how she was only in the hospital three times (not including her last days). The first was to have her son, Guy (Karen) Dupuis, six years later, along came Lynn Dupuis (Kevin Knowles). Verda spent many years working at the Bank of Commerce and Save Easy where she was always known for chatting with anyone and everyone and having a wealth of jokes to share. Verda was well known for her butter tarts, spaghetti sauce, and maid of honors but nothing compared to her love for her daughter-in-law’s cooking, which she always raved about. Verda loved to travel, and for many years had her “adopted” son, Peter Struk, whom she loved dearly and ran the roads with.
Moving to Moncton in 1991 after the passing of her husband, Verda became a huge staple in her grandchildren’s lives. Jennifer, Keithy (who she treasured). Krista, Amber (Davis), and Holly (Kyle) had the pleasure of learning many life lessons from their dear grandmother. These lessons included, how to eat a lot of fast food and sweets, being a good waitress, becoming experts in Rummy-o and Scrabble, hearing some four letter words, being quiet during Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, baseball, curling, checking her scratch tickets, the latest fashion trends, flashing her jewelry, and the most important lesson of all, growing a tough skin, because let’s face it, Verda was not known for her bedside manners.
Her lessons will live on with her great grandchildren: Mia, Macy, Addison, Ali, Emma, Isla, Charlie, Gracelyn, and Frankie Vee, all of whom she absolutely cherished.
Verda was destined to leave a huge impact on all the lives she has touched. She was very adamant that she would not have a funeral. Her words were “don’t you dare. Instead, I want you to have a party”. So, to all of you reading this, grab a drink, turn up some Elvis Presley, and dance till you can’t dance anymore.
There will be no visitations nor funeral service.
The family invites you to sign an online book of condolences at:
Arrangements under the professional care of
Passage Funeral Co-operative and Cremation Centre
363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, NB E1A 1G1