Monique Ouellette, 55 years old
August 30, 1965 – August 1, 2021
Our beloved Monique Ouellette, passed away peacefully at her home in Edina, Minnesota, on August 1, 2021, at the age of 55, surrounded by her family and some close friends. Monique was born to Hugh and Joyce (Kelly) Ouellette in Shelby, Montana on August 30, 1965. After living in six states, the family settled in Winona, Minnesota, where Monique graduated from Winona Senior High School. in 1983. She obtained a bachelor’s degree. in Retail Management and Merchandising in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. After a brief career in fashion retail, Monique changed her path and began working as a temporary employee at IBM, where her leadership, sales and communication skills were quickly recognized. For 31 years, she has consistently worked his way up the corporate ladder and eventually served as IBM’s vice president for the past eight years. She was a highly regarded speaker and received numerous awards and accolades, including the IBM Hundred Percent Club, and twice received the coveted IBM Golden Circle. She has had the privilege of traveling the world for her work and was sometimes accompanied by her daughter, Tyler. Above all, Monique was very proud of her daughter, Tyler. Monique was a supportive and generous mother who helped Ty grow into the incredibly bright, independent and passionate person she is today. Monique was also passionate about animals and has raised many dogs over the years. She was often seen walking around Centennial Lakes with a foster dog and her beloved Yorkey mix, Morrie. Strangers, acquaintances and friends were drawn to her beauty, intelligence and quick wit. She was a role model, confidante and mentor to many. She was the center of her family’s world and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Monique is predeceased by her grandparents; Goldie and Walter Kelly, Pearl and Francis Ouellette, Uncle Damase Ouellette and aunts: Birdie Kelly and Frankie Ouellette-Newby. She is survived by her daughter, Tyler Christensen; mother, Joyce Ouellette; father and stepmother, Hugh and Rita Ouellette; brother, Todd Ouellette; sister, Michone Ouellette; uncles, Bill Kelly, Tom (Helen) Kelly and Dave Newby; former husband, Shad Christensen; in-laws, Barb and Jim Christensen, and many cousins. A Celebration of Life will take place on October 9, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Pinstripes Restaurant, 3849 Gallagher Dr, Edina, MN 55435. Please confirm your attendance at: https: /everloved.comife-ofonique-ouellette. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the cancer organization of your choice or their favorite charity, Underdog Rescue Minnesota. Online condolences or keepsakes can be left with Monique’s family at www.watkowski-mulyck.com. Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home in Winona, Minnesota is helping the family make arrangements.
Posted by The Montana Standard on September 26, 2021.