Andrea McGraw

Died: Tue., Jun. 7, 2016

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Andrea ~ Ogimaakwe
Cecilia Marie Andrea McGraw

Waawaashkesh Doodem

Sunrise: January 6, 1942
Sunset: June 7, 2016

The Creator called Andrea home on June 7th, 2016.
Surrounded by loved ones, she left gently to join her beloved husband Adolphus (Bushkit) McGraw, her children: Sharon Ann and Brenda, in the Spirit World.

Proud mother of Morgan (Whitney) and Angela (Bryan). Cherished nokomis of Cheyenne, Jadah, Savannah, Navayah, Saramarie and Annalise.

She is predeceased by her parents: Lawrence Debassige and Virginia (Peltier) Debassige and brothers: Melvin and Lornie Debassige. She shall forever be lovingly remembered by her brother Roque Debassige and sisters: Rose Mary Debassige, Anna Mae Debassige, Wilma Debassige, Isla Debassige and Laurie (Perry) McLeod-Shabogesic.
Ogimaakwe led by the most powerful way possible, by example. She was both a residential school survivor and fluent Ojibwe language speaker. As one of the first Community Health Representatives (CHRs) in Canada, she dedicated her life to the well-being of Anishinabe people. She was also very proud to serve her community as Councillor. Through the years she fostered many children, including her sister Laurie and loved her nephews and nieces: Falcon, Dakota, Echo and Angel as if they were her own grandchildren.  

She was a powerful advocate, a protector of children, carrier of wisdom and loved for her incredible kindness. She loved all of her nieces and nephews dearly and will be missed by many cousins and relatives across both Canada and the United States.

Family and friends will gather at Saswaahns Spiritual Centre Thursday, June 9th, from 2:00 pm.

Funeral Services will be at Saswaahns Spiritual Centre 2:00 pm Saturday, June 11th, 2016.
Burial will be at M'Chigeeng First Nation Cemetery.

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Cindy Pelletier
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
My condolences to the Family. Sending lots of Wawashkesh love to my cuzzins with memories as a child playing together at my sisters wedding at the house in Cutler. Hugs!

Darlene Courville
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
We are so sorry for you loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The Carriere family ( Ozzie, Gary, Wayne and Darlene)

Ray Solomon
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
So sorry for your loss, we live too far apart, and get together too infrequently.

Always remember our times together in Killarney and West Bay. Many happy memories

George courtney
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
Our sincere condolence from the Courtney family on the passing of Cecelia we will always remember her visits with us when she came to Sudbury and stayed with us she was a very proud lady and proud of her heritage


Marg & Gerry Villeneuve
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
To Andrea's family...
We are deeply sorry for your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mom was an admirable and inspirational person. She had so much love in her. We will always remember our visits and the good times we shared. I loved her just like a sister, and will miss her forever.
Marg & Gerry

Lisa & Lindsay Addison
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
Our sincere condolences to Morgan, Angela and the entire extended family. Through Gods hands, she will continue to help people in this life and the next.

darin peltier
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
condolences to your family,,i am glad i have had the pleasure of meeting you,,through our travels to lil current,,and meeting your husband,,,i will sure miss our lil conversations,when we run into each other,,,R.I.P. Andrea,,,

Blake Lewis
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
To all the McGraw and Debassige families. I am sorry for your loss. Andrea was a wonderful lady, always putting others ahead of herself. I will cherish those times we got to share. When you keep her memory in your heart, she'll never be far away.
Cousin Blake & family

Connie Laidley
   Posted Thu June 09, 2016
I have many fond memories of Andrea. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. My sincere condolences to the family.

Jane Hubbard
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
I have happy memories of Andrea when we would visit out at the cottage. My condolences to Angela, Morgan and the family. Safe journey Andrea.

Pat Dryden
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
My deepest condolences to Morgan, Angela and family. Andrea was a wonderful and caring woman who touched the lives of many. I feel fortunate to have known this remarkable woman.

Theresa Pelletier
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
Many good thoughts of our childhoods together and family gatherings, we are offering our prayers to your family at this very sad time.

shirley Ida williams (Pheasant)
   Posted Fri June 10, 2016
So sorry for the loss of our residential school sister...she was always very kind young lady and last summer, my sister and i went to her yard sale which she had every year.. my condolence to the family and Laurie. hugs to all. shirley

Angela Becks
   Posted Sat June 11, 2016
Andrea's memory is honoured with a beautiful obituary. She served her community with passion, love, and kindness. Angela and Morgan, you must be so very proud to know your Mother's life was well lived. She has gone too soon, but she lived with great courage. Her greatest loves were you two and your Dad....a beautiful family. Wishing you peace in your loss...ABX

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