Celine Dion‘s mother, Therese Dion, died on Thursday, according to TMZ. Therese had been battling a myriad of health issues over the past several months. Last year, she had been dealing with memory loss, as well as vision and hearing impairment, according to Celine’s sister, Claudette.
Lovingly known as “Maman Dion,” Therese is survived by 13 of her children.
Therese & Her Husband Raised Their 14 Children In Quebec & She Was An Avid Cook
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Je réalise aujourd’hui plus que jamais l’importance du rôle d’une mère. Non seulement tu m’as donné la vie, mais tu as aussi écrit mon destin. Je t’aime maman, Céline xx… . Now more than ever, I realize the importance of a mother’s role. Not only did you give me life, but you also wrote my destiny. I love you Mom. – Celine xx…
Therese was born and raised in Quebec. She married Adhémar-Charles Dion, and the couple had 14 children together. Surprisingly, it is widely reported that Adhémar-Charles did not want to have children.
Therese reportedly enjoyed being a mother. She played a big role in Celine’s career early on, often taking her to auditions. Therese, who was also musically inclined, was credited with writing Celine’s very first song, “It Was Only A Dream.”
“Maman, if I could be half as strong as you are, this would be my biggest accomplishment. I know you put all of your dreams aside to raise a family. When you wrote my very first song, ‘It Was Only A Dream’ who knew that it would become a reality? Happy Birthday! I love you!!” Celine captioned a photo of her and her mom in March 2019.
Additionally, it was Therese who sent a recording of her daughter to Rene Angelil. He later became Celine’s manager — and her husband.
In 2018, Celine posted a photo of herself and her mother singing a duet in honor of Therese’s 91st birthday. The year before, Celine shared a family photo.
Therese enjoyed cooking almost as much as she enjoyed music. In fact, she launched her very own line of food products called Pâtés de Maman Dion. She also had her own cooking show on television.
In 2006, she founded the Maman Dion Foundation. The organization helps underprivileged children in Quebec by providing school supplies and clothing.
“My passion is life. My life is children. Children are the future,” reads a quote from the foundation’s website.
Therese was surrounded by her loved ones at the time of her passing.
Therese Dion Died 2 Days After The Anniversary Of Rene Angelil’s Death
This week has been particularly difficult for Celine, who posted a message on the anniversary of her husband’s passing earlier this week. Rene Angelil died on January 14, 2016.
“There is not a day that goes by without me thinking about your beautiful smile. We miss you, thank you for watching over us my love. I love you. Céline,” the singer captioned the Instagram photo of Angelil that she uploaded on Tuesday.
Celine is currently on tour. She is scheduled to perform in Miami, Florida, tonight. At the time of writing, the show was set to go on as scheduled.