Sister Ann de Lourdes Plourde, baptized Laurel Ann, was born on October 19, 1925, in Detroit. She was the oldest of the five children born to Gordon and Gertrude (Stindt) Plourde. Her parents were of French and German ancestry from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her father was a corporate attorney and her mother a school teacher before they married.
In her autobiography, Sister Ann wrote:
After they were married five of [my mother’s] sisters came one by one to work in Detroit and live in our home until they married or left again. Occasionally Grandma or Grandpa lived with us and we enjoyed the comparative luxury of having help with the dishes and having our clothes ironed beautifully. The increasing demands of a family of five children and occasionally a grandparent did not put us in what is modernly called ‘the upper bracket.’
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Remembering my dear Aunt Ann with love and a heart full of gratitude. Even though I saw her infrequently throughout my life, she was always loving, connected to family and supportive. She was a special part of our family. In loving memory, I send condolences to all the sisters who are her family.
Sister Ann (my aunt) will always be remembered by me as a gentle, loving, kind person. Quiet and reserved, but always interested in our lives and cared about our well being. I had not seen her for awhile but I will always remember her as a sweet soul. She died on the 2nd anniversary of my first husband, Dana Boden, who always took the time to sit and talk with Ann whenever she was at our family's home. They had a special connection. They have re-connected once again in a glorious place! You are forever in the hands of our Lord.
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