MONTREAL - Funeral services for Audrey Best, ex-wife of former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard, will take place this Saturday.

Best passed away on Tuesday after a three-year battle with breast cancer.

She was 50 years old.

Visitation will be Friday night and Saturday morning at the Mount Royal Funeral Complex in Outremont, and the funeral will take place at noon at St. Viateur Church, also in Outremont.

Best is survived by her two children, Alexandre and Simon, as well as her father Jimmie Merrill Best, retired major with U.S. army, and three sisters.

She was born in France, raised in California, and graduated from McGill University.

Best started working for the well-known Montreal law firm Heenan Blaikie in 2000.

Premier Jean Charest has said that Best was a generous, kindhearted person and that Quebecers should remember her as a person who represented Quebec with honour.

With files from The Canadian Press