Mary Alice Boudreau • September 11, 2020
Mary Alice Boudreau 79, passed away Friday, September 11, 2020. Born May 20, 1941 in Marlborough Massachusetts, Mary is survived by her husband Joseph Albert Boudreau Jr., and her four children, Joe (Barbara), Darryl (Ree), Keith (Bonnie) and Alane Odom (Bill), 12 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and 8 of her 13 siblings, Jim Laurence, Ceil Gadbois, Paul Laurence, Ernie Laurence, Fran Laurence, Doris Burdett, Alice Crowley, and John Laurence.
“Mary Alice Boudreau, or Marie as she became known, was the love and light of her husband Joe’s life.” She was one of 14 siblings born to Ernest Laurence and Alice Pillier on May 20, 1941. If we had one way to describe our mother above all others, it would be her devotion to God and family and making the most out of every day no matter what challenges were presented. Mom loved God and was a devout Catholic. For the past several years, mom would go to Sunday mass walking proudly to and from the service on the arms of her two sons Keith and Darryl, sitting in the second row and occasionally getting slightly embarrassed by their antics.
The second most significant thought is stickers. On every birthday and holiday, mom would send a card in an envelope that was absolutely covered in stickers. As cell phones came in, mom brought her love of stickers into the digital world with a healthy dose of emojis in her texts. Marie loved celebrating every day and holidays were no exception. Like every family, we have many family traditions and one of our favorites is going out at Christmas to look at Christmas lights. Mom loved spending time with as many family members as we could pack in the vehicles and caravan around looking at the lights. The highlight of our last excursion was an incredibly large snowman we happened to see as we were heading home. The second tradition at Christmas was the book of lifesavers. There has never been a Christmas without those under the tree for each of her children. Finally, and probably the best and cherished Christmas traditions, was mom getting together with her daughter and grandchildren to bake on Christmas eve. Fudge and bethel bars were two of the must haves for Christmas dinner. Like most families, passing down family recipes for our favorite meals is a tradition, and it was certainly one of mom’s favorite things to do. Mom loved spending time in the kitchen with family.
It didn’t take much to thrill our mom and that was one of the most beautiful and treasured things about her, teaching everyone she came in contact with the importance of living life to the fullest and enjoying every day no matter the challenges that day brought. Mom never lost her excitement and her enthusiasm was contagious. From going to local baseball games, Disney on ice, local high school football games, dance recitals, etc. mom loved to watch her grandchildren and great grandchildren perform.Every event was her favorite if family was around. Mom also loved to play games, watch football and baseball and do crafts. Growing up it was a requirement that we all learned to play Canasta and it was a regular event to get together and play card games. Even poker was in her wheelhouse. On one of her trips to visit Joe in Panama City they spent the evening playing poker together. At one point, mom had to stand up to rake in all the chips she won. We also knew that her two favorite teams were the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. It was customary for mom to politely disagree when we discussed our favorite teams. Her craft skills were amazing. From knitting scarfs for family, to running her own refrigerator magnet company “Marie’s Hand Crafted Shell Art” (lobsters were the best sellers and all the kids still remember how hot that glue gun can be) mom loved to craft and teach her kids and grandkids the tricks she had learned through the years. To relax, mom brought out the coloring books.
For her birthday this year, mom was given a Nintendo Switch and she spent countless hours playing Animal Crossing while talking on the phone with Alane…with one of their phone calls reaching nearly 15 hours straight. The best example to provide perspective on mom’s reach and impact on the world is exemplified by what happened as her online friends learned of her death. As word got out, the many people that she interacted with in Animal Crossing started sending incredible donations,organized a shooting star event, and created memorials for her online. You didn’t have to meet Marie in person to feel the love she gave everyone and how much life meant to her. Marie had a unique ability to find the good in everything and everyone and never let anything get her down. We have no doubt she is with God and our family members that have passed before us and we look forward to one day being with her once again. We love you Mary Alice Boudreau.
Services for Mary (Marie) Alice Boudreau will be held at Pensacola Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, located at 7433 Pine Forest RD., Pensacola, FL 32526. Family and friend visitation is from 9:00 – 11:00AM, Saturday, 19 September 2020. Monsignor Reed of Saint Rose of Lima, Milton, Florida will officiate the memorial service beginning at 11:00AM.
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