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Theresa Diane Beaulieu

February 26, 1928January 6, 2021

Theresa Diane Beaulieu, 92, of Auburn, passed away on Wednesday evening January 6th from age related difficulties, while holding the hand of her son Donald. Sadly, she also died of a broken heart from not being able to be with her family and friends during the last months of her life due to the pandemic. Theresa loved her family, both immediate and extended, as well as friends and people in general. She loved talking and socializing with everyone she met, especially if they were talkers.

As the last of her age group of the extended family, she was the last connection to many of her nieces and nephews who had lost their own parents from that time.

Her life was filled with joys as well as challenges and she met all of them with both common sense and courage.

One of her mottos was, “When you get up in the morning it is your choice whether or not it is going to be a good day”.

A true lover of learning and education, she was an avid reader and writer. She filled stacks of journals with her daily activities, thoughts and opinions.

Forced by her family’s needs to leave school after the eighth grade (she said she cried for a week when she was told she would have to do this) she went on to proudly earn her GED at the age of forty-nine. She then entered the work force for the first time, working at Sears in Lewiston for the next twenty-five years.

Theresa loved nothing more than sitting in her rocking chair in the living room of her small house and holding court with whoever happen to be there, whether it was one person or a roomful.

Unfortunately for a woman as social and people loving as Theresa, her last months and weeks in complete lockdown at her nursing home took its toll. Not being able to see her family was probably the hardest way for her to spend her last days here on earth without us around her.

Hers was a life well lived…a life where no joy went unappreciated, no challenge went unmet and overcome.

Her granddaughter Nicole Rioux voiced the family’s feelings well, “It didn’t take much to make my Memere happy—a phone call, a card, a visit. It’s the little things about her that stand out the most. I will remember her tapping her foot to Lawrence Welk on Saturday nights and the warmth and comfort of her home. There are so many things I can see and feel as if they had just happened. It isn’t often in our lives that we get to experience someone so special that that person stays with us forever. Memere was that kind of person. So, for your wisdom, compassion, pure kindness, patience and love; thank you Memere. I know “the sun will shine again”. I will miss you every day.

Her daughter in law Janet Beaulieu noted, “She loved babies. Anytime someone visited with a baby, she would insist on rocking and holding them”.

And, as we carry on, another granddaughter Rebekah Beaulieu’s thoughts, “Last night we lost my grandmother….and a light went out in this world. Memere was spirited, chatty, and always on the move. We shared a love of gossip and trashy magazines and she could talk for hours about nothing at all. She was fiercely independent and curious, a true lifelong learner, and always fascinated by what I was doing in school or at work. Going to her house for the holidays is one of my favorite childhood memories, and it was a gift to be able to celebrate with her after returning to New England as an adult. I’m so glad we have so many memories and that I had the chance to share her with (my husband) Pat. Let’s all have a glass of ginger ale and some peanuts in Theresa’s honor!”

This is a woman who left an indelible impression on everyone she met. And one who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was predeceased by Reginald “Pete”, her husband of over sixty years, a grandson Benjamin, her sisters Loretta Meservier Arsenault, Lucienne Meservier Giasson, Rita Meservier Bazinet and brother Armand, and her “favorite” son in law Gilbert Smith.

She is survived by her children: Daniel and wife Deborah of Waterville, Donald and partner Edward Libby of Litchfield, Denise Beaulieu Smith of Poland, and David and Janet Beaulieu of Auburn. Grandchildren: Nicole Rioux of Sabattus, Adrianne Rioux Tapley and spouse Ken of Lewiston, Rebekah Beaulieu and spouse Patrick Ford of Old Saybrook, Connecticut, Cindi Beaulieu of Westbrook, Damon Beaulieu and spouse Kouko of Providence, Rhode Island, Bethany Beaulieu of Minot, Heather Beaulieu of Auburn. Great grandchildren: Taelor Jordan of Boston, MA, Justin Harding of Poland and Evan Libby of Lewiston. Her siblings, sister Claudette Meservier Caron of Lewiston, brother Lionel and spouse Janine of Auburn and sister Jeanine Meservier St Pierre and spouse Claude “Pete” of Lewiston, and sister in law Diane Meservier.

And numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, as well as many friends. A formal funeral, memorial service and reception to celebrate Theresa’s life will be held later in the year when things are safer. Online condolences may be left for Theresa’s family at www.thefortingroupauburn.com.

The family wishes to give their thanks and appreciation to Cheryl and Beacon Hospice Staff, Peg & Heather, especially Jaimie Lefebre who took such good care of her and was with her when we could not because of Covid.

Services have been entrusted to The Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and monument services 217 Turner St. Auburn, Me. 207-783-8545.

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Roger Caron

January 14, 2021

Aunt Terry was my Godmother and I will always remember my last visit with her at the nursing home prior to Covid-19. It was a beautiful visit that I will cherish forever. As we talked I was amazed on her ability to remember the names and events that touched our family. Her and uncle Reggie were special to me and I always looked forward to Christmas to see what Coke memorabilia I would be receiving. My last time I said good-bye I told her “I Love You Mom” which obviously was a Freudian slip to which she smiled and responded, “that’s OK, I’m just like a mom to you”. I’ll miss you. -Roger

Lucy Hood

January 13, 2021

I will always remember Terry as a pleasant and kind hearted person. She was very family oriented and I enjoyed listening to her stories and life lessons she would tell. She will be sadly missed. Our deepest sympathy to the family at this sad time. Our prayers will be with you all. With much love, Lucy & Warren Hood

Chris Moore

January 10, 2021

I remember so many fun memories visiting memere and pepere Beaulieu at their house with Denise and her girls. I remember going to the Franco Festivals with them at Kennedy park with the parades!!! Her house with all the Coke memorabilia 😊 All her pep talks and positive thoughts. Her sisters!!! She loved Sears and her Drapery Dept. She would always talk about that and it was always fun to stop by there and visit her. She loved her children and grandchildren. So many great memories that I was lucky enough to share with some special people. ❤Memere Beaulieu will always be my special memere too, because she loved and welcomed not only me but everyone into her heart. My Deepest sympathies to you all, much love and prayers during this difficult time 💔💔💔💔 -Chris

Muriel Messervier Gallo

January 10, 2021

Love the picture, that is the Theresa I remember, she
always made you feel welcome , we had beautiful get
togethers at her Mom & Dad's home. I needed to cry
God bless you & Reggie your together with so many of your
family. I hope Reggie is still smoking Muriel cigars.?
Your Cousin: Muriel xo xo.

Charlotte Guile

January 10, 2021

We were neighbors to Terry and Reggie for 27 years. We learned so much from this couple. We were in our first home and had a lot to learn. Terry had her gardens of flowers and vegetables. She had a wide selections of books and dolls. We could talk about anything and everything. We had the best neighbors you could ask for. I was calling her once a week while at the nursing home. She would say promise you will call. She was a wonderful lady and friends
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Jeannine St pierre

January 10, 2021

My beautiful sister, my best friend.I’ve been missing you since the COVID started...I love you and I will talk to you everyday.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Francine G. Champagne

January 10, 2021

So sad to lose all the one we love so much. My condolences to all the family and all her friends. Some day, we will all rejoice together again.

Theresa Martin

January 10, 2021

I’m am broken hearted that such a beautiful social person had to deal with COVID-19. Aunt Theresa was a wonderful person. I was named after her. I will always remember the visits to her house. She made the most wonderful spaghetti sauce. I’ll never forget that she told me her secret was the oregano. I’ve never made spaghetti without oregano since. She is now in heaven with those whom we miss daily.
Rest in piece MaTante. In my heart forever. Terry

Lucien Bedard

January 10, 2021

Nancy and I owned Hairbenders and Aunt Theresa was a loyal client. Every five weeks, I would go to her house and pick her up. Yes, she loved to talk and we started even before she sat in my car. I did shut my radio because our conversations never ended until we got to the salon. The conversations continued on our ride back to her house. Yes, she liked to talk but more importantly she also listened when I talked. We are so sad for her loss, but happy that we have been part of her life; she was a great lady, a great Aunt.

Jacqueline Fuller

January 10, 2021

I have loving memories of "Ma Tante Thérèse." She so enjoyed being in the presence of others and took great interest in each person's life. It was always a surprise when she remembered something I'd mentioned years ago, asking for updates and wanting to know how my own child and grandchildren were doing. Her home was welcoming and cozy... she'd offer you a chair and a glass of soda... tell you about the book she'd just read. She was interested in everything and everyone. She is a model for aging with grace. I will miss her and will hold her in my heart forever.

FROM THE FAMILY