`Mother of former governor Michaelle Jean dead at 80

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OTTAWA — Former governor general Michaelle Jean's mother, Luce Depestre, died this week after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease."I'm in tears tonight," Jean wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "My mother, Luce Depestre, passed away this morning at the age of 80."Depestre was a psychiatric and geriatric nurse who once cared for patients with Alzheimer's disease herself. She was diagnosed 15 years ago and moved to an Ottawa-area nursing home.Depestre was born in Jacmel, Haiti, and Jean spent her childhood holidays in Jacmel with her mother's aunt.In 2006, Jean told the Ottawa Citizen of the challenges of caring for her ailing mother."My mother became my sick child, my dependent child facing an irreversible countdown," she wrote. "I had to learn to accept her for who she was at any moment in time, and not dwell on mourning the woman this disease had stolen from me."
 
 
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