Theresa Louise Boucher – North Smithfield

Theresa Louise Boucher – North Smithfield

One nail at a time, one board at time, day after day, Theresa Boucher built her home. Literally and metaphorically, Theresa built her home. She not only physically built the house she lived in for decades; through her sheer life force she made her house a home. It was a home with open doors that led to open arms and a wide open heart, Theresa’s heart. With the same strength and determination with which she built her home, she created a family and a legacy that saw her through all that life sent her way. The good with the bad, Theresa Boucher was a woman who by grit, determination, hard work, faith and love, and yes a little bit of luck along the way, was the matriarch of her family every sense of the word. She was the head, heart and soul of her family.

Theresa Louise Boucher was born on May 21, 1926, in Woonsocket to her parents the late Jean Baptiste Dumaine and Marie-Rose (Gagne) Dumaine. Her earliest years were spent in Woonsocket until the family moved to North Smithfield in 1935 where she would remain a proud resident of the town for the rest of her 94 years. Theresa attended Holy Family School on South Main Street in Woonsocket where she received the fundamental knowledge and grounding in her faith that would be her stead throughout her life.

In her younger years, Theresa worked in the local textile industry at the Stamina Mills, Murray Worsted, and Branch River woolen mills. She also worked at Beaupre’s Pharmacy, Tupperware, North Smithfield High School and at the Shanghai Restaurant. Theresa was also employed with Putnam Investments in Franklin, Mass., for many years until her 80s. Theresa was always proud of holding gainful employment and was never one to shy away from anything that needed to be done.

Theresa was the wife of the late Roger R. Boucher. They were married in June 1945.

Theresa’s home on Great Road was a veritable Grand Central Station and revolving door all rolled into one, and she would have it no other way. With a life that revolved around her family, Theresa was deeply involved in and absorbed with any and all family activities and concerns. Countless pool parties, holidays and good times were centered around her home. Additionally Theresa quietly took in and cared for a number of family members, relatives and friends in her home as it was genuinely a safe harbor for those who were experiencing hard times or challenges in life. All knew that Theresa was the person they could turn to. She was a rock and guiding light in any storm.

A formidable woman of undeniable courage and bravery, Theresa was not one to back down from any challenges or unexpected occurrences. Such bravery was exhibited on more than a few occasions including the time she literally chased away a burglar (boy-oh-boy, did he pick the wrong house!) and on yet another occasion a would-be purse snatcher/mugger met his match as Theresa fended off an attempt at stealing her purse, woe indeed to anyone who mistook her small frame for easy pickings! For within that lady dwelt a lioness.

Aside from her “crime fighting ways,” at her core love and fun were what Theresa was all about. She just loved to travel and see new places. She had her bags packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. In her nearly 95 years of living, Theresa provided an example of faith and heartfelt love for all to emulate.

Theresa is survived by her sons Roger Boucher Jr. and his wife, Miriam, of Woodford, Va., Roland Boucher and his wife, Jeanne, of Cumberland, Robert Boucher and his wife, Linda, of North Smithfield and John Boucher and his wife, Noella, of Thompson, Conn. She was the mother of the late Ronald and Charles Boucher who passed in infancy. She was the sister of the late John Dumaine and Juliette Dumaine. Theresa is also survived by her nine grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Her funeral will be held Monday, May 3, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., from the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church in Slatersville. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to honor and remember Theresa’s life at visiting hours on Sunday, May 2, from 4-7 p.m., at the funeral home.