Yvette L. Brousseau - Cumberland

Yvette L. Brousseau - Cumberland

Yvette L. (Poirier) Brousseau, 80, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Steere House in Providence, where her loving family was allowed to visit.

Yvette was the daughter of the late Joseph and Andrea (Roy) Poirier. She was born and lived most of her life in Cumberland.

Yvette was intelligent, generous and kind. She possessed a quick and sharp wit, all of which was useful as she raised five children. Her early years were spent attending Catholic school (Blessed Sacrament and St. Xavier), playing sports, climbing trees and tearing around Cumberland on her bike.

At 19 she married Roland Brousseau and together they had six children. One son, Joseph, died in infancy. Yvette was a homemaker for close to 20 years. Her family fondly remembers her French meat pie, spaghetti and meatballs, and beef stew. She was a whiz at cake decoration and her Christmas fruit cakes, rum balls, and cream cheese cake were famous.

She re-entered the workforce once her children were all in school, working first at American Tourister in Manville. She moved her way up from the production floor to the scheduling office. She took advantage of the company’s tuition reimbursement program and started working on her degree at Bryant College. It took her 11 years of part-time schooling to finish, but she earned her B.S. degree in 1991. Her children cheered loudly at her graduation.

She majored in business, but she found her passion in women’s studies. Yvette took every opportunity to learn about women’s rights and feminism. She was proud to have met Gloria Steinem on two occasions and she treasured the photos she took away from those events.

She left her job at American Tourister for a scheduler position at Hasbro in Pawtucket, and later she moved on to Neles-Jamesbury/Metso Automation in Worcester, Mass. She retired in 2007.

All her life, Yvette was an avid sports fan. She loved watching tennis, baseball, and football. She played tennis for many years at Fore Court Racquet Club in Cumberland. She coached softball at the Cumberland/Lincoln Boys & Girls Club. In her 50s, she started a women’s hiking group and would scout out trails with her son, Mike, before leading her outings.

She is survived by her children; Mark Brousseau (Joan) of St. Peters, Mo.; Michael Brousseau (Sherri) of Millbury, Mass.; Jeanne Racquier (Matt) of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; Jacqueline Brousseau-Pereira (Paul) of Easthampton, Mass.; and Daniel Brousseau (Jennifer) of Cumberland; her sister, Teresa Cabana (Bernard) of Biglerville, Pa.; her former spouse, Roland Brousseau of Lincoln; as well as 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Joseph, and her brothers and their spouses, Leopold Paul Poirier (Claire) and Raymond Poirier (Robbieanna).

The family would like to acknowledge the kind attention Yvette received at Atria Lincoln Place, where she resided since 2015, as well as the compassionate care she was given at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where she spent her final months.

There will be calling hours and a memorial for Yvette from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, June 19, at the Monastery Park in Cumberland (on the pavilion/lawn near the senior center). Friends and family are welcome.