Our mother lived The Good Life. She had seven children and raised multiple grandchildren. Our mother did not have an easy life before accepting the Lord as her personal Savior. Our mother lost her parents when she was a young woman. As a residential school survivor, she learned many unhealthy ways when she gave her life to the Lord. She had what we call a Damascus Road experience. In 1981, the Lord spoke to her when she looked at the face of her dying grandson. The Lord healed him, and she became a softer, God-Seeking praying woman. Our mother would start taking in young women and mentoring them, teaching them how to pray and seek God. She reached out to people and would pray for them. She became an elder in the church. She loved the Kamsack Lighthouse Mission. There were many nights when she and Anne Bryant would go and pray. She would say she was having a good time in the Lord. Many people came through those doors, and she prayed for them. Mom knew that Jesus accepted her as she was, and she needed to do the same for others.
Mom and Anne would be together, travelling to different church services in various places. They were all over the place, and we often did not know where they were from one hour to the next. They were called the "Flying Nuns." Mom's favourite place to go was Oklahoma. She met a wonderful family in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. Mom found a mother in a Kiowa elder named Ina Parker. They had an incredible bond, and mom often travelled there to spend time. Granny Ina was part of mom's life for forty years, two times longer than her natural mother. Granny passed away in September of 2018. On her last trip, mom travelled to Granny's funeral in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. The Parker family is unbelievably very dear to us.
Mom had a best friend all her life! That was an unbelievably unshaken friendship for 70-plus years! She loved Stella Ketchemonia! "That is my best friend!" She would happily say," Stella was here, she came to visit." They often found quiet times to visit and would go for little drives. The friendship was very special to her. When we knew they were visiting each other, we all learned to stay out of the way and give them their special space to see each other.
My parents had amazing adventures in life. The story goes that my mom's parents were having difficulty trying to catch their old gray mare, which was getting out and running off with the herd to the next reserve. They found the grey mare and a young boy rounding up horses. He rode over to them and asked, "Which horse are you trying to catch?" They told him, and not long after, he came back leading the haltered horse. As he was handing the horse over, my grandfather was so impressed with this boy that misomis told him. "When your old enough to marry, come see me. I have five girls you can choose from." That young boy was my dad. Our parents have been together since 1968. They became legal sparing partners in September of 1978. They travelled all over Canada and the United States; together, they built a farm and raised many children. Mom and Dad's illnesses have taken a toll on them over the last two years. Mom constantly worried over dad. She would often roll into his room and rub his legs. She would often check on him.
It was shared earlier that mom had a tough life. She lost her parents at a very young age and did not know how to be a parent herself. As one of the elder siblings, she faced many obstacles, such as contracting Tuberculosis of the kidney, and she ran away from many Indian Hospitals. She also met many traumatic events in those hospitals and only recently shared them. Mom was very aggressive and often found herself fighting for herself. Mom did not back down and carried the hurts for many years. It was only recently that she was able to share.
Our mother's life is a testament that good can come out of bad situations. She learned valuable lessons and allowed us to understand. Mom was a fighter and always pulled through. She was a strong woman who struggled to say, "I love you." She would say, "yeah." Words are words, but her actions made the difference. She learned to show love instead of using the word love. Mom always prayed for her children and grandchildren. She was often found her praying and singing. She loved us, and in her prayers, they became evident.
She loved watching UFC. She and dad would watch for hours! She had her favourites, knew their stats, and often commented on their fighting abilities. She remarked, "I have watched so much UFC that I should be a darn good fighter by now!"
Mom had seven children; her children are Karen, Denise, Ross, Randle, Leon, Sonja, and Wil. She raised Kevin, Nathaniel, and James-Ross. She has a granddaughter-in-law that she loved dearly. Nikita was very instrumental in her last days with us. Nikita uprooted her home to be with mom in her final days. Nikita and Nathaniel have four children, Tinika, Rylan, Ande and Bethany, whom mom adored. Ande was the last child born and raised in mom's home. Ande is very special to our mother.
Mom had many grandchildren, and they have lived all over. She loved them and wished they would come over. Edna and Leatta started to go and visit. She loved their visits and was sad when they left. When our brother Leon passed, mom went to Karen's; her greats were painting Kohko's nails. She kept that nail polish on as long as she could. She loved the fact she was a grandmother and a great great grandmother! She loved and prayed for them.
We also want to Thank Monique Ghoulet, who stayed with mom in the winter months. She also took care of mom.
Cora has survived by her husband, George Tourangeau, of 54 years; children, Karen, Denise, Ross, Randle, Sonja and Wil. Kohko Cora had many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Cora has also survived by her siblings, Lenora Genialle of Prince George, BC; Madeline Whitehawk of Cote FN, Alice Quewezance of Belleville Ontario, Andrew Quewezance of Canora Sk, Antoine Quewezance of Keeseekoose FN, and James- Ross Quewezance (also known as Sam) of Regina, Sk.
Cora was predeceased by her biological parents, Alfred and Margaret-Ellen Quewezance of Kapokawanoskak, Sk.; her spiritual parents, Ina and Simon Parker of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. Cora was predeceased by her siblings Ethel Quewezance, Annabelle Whitehawk, Marianne Sinclair, Victoria Shannacappo, Harriet Quewezance, Joseph Quewezance and Adam Quewezance. One son, Leon Quewezance (2020), and three grandchildren, Farrah (2018), Audie(2009) and Lynette (2022).
It does not matter how you start; it is how you finish it. Cora's life is summed up in 2 Timothy 4:7-8: (7) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; (8) Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his love his appearing.
She would often say, "Give your life to God. You will never go wrong in doing this. He can change your ways and make your crooked paths straight. He is a good God, a loving God, nothing we learned in Residential school, but a good lifestyle. You will have a life that you can only imagine."
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