OBITUARY

Anna Maria Bouchard

September 27, 1959June 29, 2018
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Anna Bouchard, 58

Oakland – Anna Maria Bouchard, 58, of Oakland, earned her wings on Friday June 29, 2018 after a valiant fight with brain cancer. She was born in Waterville on September 27, 1959, a daughter of Patricia (Corey) and John Johnson. She was a graduate of Winslow High School where she enjoyed playing basketball, field hockey and swimming. She went on to college where she learned to become a drafting detailer, specializing in steel (which she claimed made her heart “pitter patter”). This knowledge eventually allowed her to own her own business and work at home to raise her tiny humans.

As Anna’s children grew she actively supported all their interests, became a sports booster, and could often be found working in the concession stand or assisting coaches with whatever request they had for her. Always one with a cheerful smile, an amazing laugh and a positive attitude, Anna’s love for people was always quite apparent. Family always came first though, and she was proud to be her husband’s best friend.

Early in their marriage, Anna and her husband, Dana, were very avid golfers and played almost every day. They passed their love for golf onto their children at a very young age, and eventually also to their first grandchild. Anna also enjoyed camping, planting flowers, Paint Nites with the girls, reading, crocheting and ALL things chocolate. But most of all, she loved her family and enthusiastically spoiled her grandchildren. Anna will be greatly missed for all the love she gave and the opportunity she gave all of us to love such a kind and strong woman. Winnie the Pooh says it best, “how lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”.

Anna is survived by her husband of 38 years, Dana Bouchard of Oakland; her daughter Cindy Bailey and her husband Phil and their children: Trent, Izzy and Ryder of Mount Vernon; her son Mike Bouchard of Oakland; her mother Patricia Rancourt and her husband Dave of Winslow; her sister Linda Marshall and her husband Paul of Bethel; her sister Terry Breton and her husband Blane of Waterville; her brother John Johnson and his wife Lisa of China; her sister Jody Leary and her husband Chuck of Winslow; her sister-in-law Donna Whitney of Farmington; as well as many beautiful nieces and handsome nephews. Anna was predeceased by her father John Johnson, her Nana Cora Corey and her uncle Vinny Corey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday July 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville with burial following in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville, ME. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Anna’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

Earlier this year, Anna and Dana had the opportunity to go to Florida thanks to The Dream Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to adults with terminal illnesses. Their trip truly was a dream, and Anna would have wanted to help grant more wishes to those just like her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anna’s memory to: Dream Foundation, 1528 Chapala Street, Suite 304, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Burial - Saint Francis Cemetery Friday, July 13, 2018
REMEMBERING

Anna Maria Bouchard

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Be cky Seel

September 19, 2018

Dear Dana, Cindy and Mike, We just learned that Anna passed away in June and are so very, very sorry about her cancer battle and for your incredible loss. Anna was such a positive, happy, caring, kind and helpful person. Her wonderful smile and the twinkle in her eyes are something we will always remember. We always enjoyed spending time with her during baseball season. Though we haven't seen her or your family for many years, we will always remember her fondly. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care, Becky, George, Matt and Ben Seel

Cathy Zemrak

July 9, 2018

Dana and family,
We are so very sorry to hear about Anna's passing. We hope that all the many memories of happy times spent together will help to ease your pain.
Cathy and Brian Zemrak

Nadene Mathes

July 8, 2018

Anna was my "Room Mom" and helped out in my first grade classroom. She was a wonderful woman who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She was a compassionate and loving soul who will be greatly missed. Heartfelt condolences to the family.

Jane Pelletier (Dugal)

July 8, 2018

Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember your family very well. Keeping you and all in my prayers and thoughts at this most difficult time.

Rhonda Landry

July 8, 2018

To The Family of a Beautiful Woman, AKA Anna Maria Bouchard,
After looking at all of the wonderful photos that you so graciously shared with all of us, the memories of long ago started to fill my heart with sadness and joy. Your daughter, sister,friend,wife Mom, Mimi and Aunt was a woman like no other. When I looked at her smile I felt like I could hear her laughter. Anna had a very contagious and heartwarming smile for all around her. The world is a better place having had Anna be a part of each and every life that she became acquainted with. To her family I am truly sorry for your loss . Anna Maria Bouchard You are and always will be "One Special Lady".
Sincerely, Rhonda Landry

Pati Keene

July 6, 2018

Dear Johnson and Bouchard family. I am saddened by the loss that you have all endured. I have felt that same loss. Anna was a bright and shining star and will always be. Her beautiful smile and kind and understanding demeanor has already been passed on to her beautiful daughter Cindy. It was passed onto Anna by her beautiful mother Pat. What a gift! I hope that you all continue to be there for one another and continue to share memories you all have of a beautiful soul.

Wendy (Gaulin) Huff

July 5, 2018

Dear Bouchard & Johnson families
I'm fortunate to have memories of Anna from my childhood, when she was in high school, loved working with her dad and met Dana and started her family. I'm happy that with various family showers and weddings and of course Facebook, we've been able to stay in touch through the years. Sincerest sympathies to you all.

MARGARET BOUCHARD

July 4, 2018

Dear Dana and family,

I'm so sorry for your loss. I have memories of China Lake with all the family.

Love,
Peg

Paula Bearce Katyryniuk

July 3, 2018

Dana and family.
I am so very sorry for your loss. May God Bless all of you. Anna was an amazing lady, it has been a lot of years but I have never forgotten all the special times we shared together, camping, visiting and riding the bikes together. Love, prayers and hugs for all of you.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Anna Bouchard, 58

Oakland – Anna Maria Bouchard, 58, of Oakland, earned her wings on Friday June 29, 2018 after a valiant fight with brain cancer. She was born in Waterville on September 27, 1959, a daughter of Patricia (Corey) and John Johnson. She was a graduate of Winslow High School where she enjoyed playing basketball, field hockey and swimming. She went on to college where she learned to become a drafting detailer, specializing in steel (which she claimed made her heart “pitter patter”). This knowledge eventually allowed her to own her own business and work at home to raise her tiny humans.

As Anna’s children grew she actively supported all their interests, became a sports booster, and could often be found working in the concession stand or assisting coaches with whatever request they had for her. Always one with a cheerful smile, an amazing laugh and a positive attitude, Anna’s love for people was always quite apparent. Family always came first though, and she was proud to be her husband’s best friend.

Early in their marriage, Anna and her husband, Dana, were very avid golfers and played almost every day. They passed their love for golf onto their children at a very young age, and eventually also to their first grandchild. Anna also enjoyed camping, planting flowers, Paint Nites with the girls, reading, crocheting and ALL things chocolate. But most of all, she loved her family and enthusiastically spoiled her grandchildren. Anna will be greatly missed for all the love she gave and the opportunity she gave all of us to love such a kind and strong woman. Winnie the Pooh says it best, “how lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”.

Anna is survived by her husband of 38 years, Dana Bouchard of Oakland; her daughter Cindy Bailey and her husband Phil and their children: Trent, Izzy and Ryder of Mount Vernon; her son Mike Bouchard of Oakland; her mother Patricia Rancourt and her husband Dave of Winslow; her sister Linda Marshall and her husband Paul of Bethel; her sister Terry Breton and her husband Blane of Waterville; her brother John Johnson and his wife Lisa of China; her sister Jody Leary and her husband Chuck of Winslow; her sister-in-law Donna Whitney of Farmington; as well as many beautiful nieces and handsome nephews. Anna was predeceased by her father John Johnson, her Nana Cora Corey and her uncle Vinny Corey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday July 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 112 Silver Street, Waterville with burial following in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville, ME. Please visit www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video collage of Anna’s life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

Earlier this year, Anna and Dana had the opportunity to go to Florida thanks to The Dream Foundation, an organization that grants wishes to adults with terminal illnesses. Their trip truly was a dream, and Anna would have wanted to help grant more wishes to those just like her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anna’s memory to: Dream Foundation, 1528 Chapala Street, Suite 304, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

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The following reflection was given by Anna's goddaughter, Olivia, on the occasion of her Mass of Christian Burial at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Waterville on Friday July 13, 2018:

Anna lived a life worth celebrating. She loved everyone she met, she tried everything she wanted, and one of her legacies that will always live on is her infectious smile and laughter. Anna celebrated 58 amazing, rich, complicated, selfless, quality years. We know not everyone in the gathering may have known Anna very well, but her legacy of kindness and helping others transcended the family circles. It’s so difficult to accept something we don’t want to believe as true, but the quality of Anna’s life was remarkable, and she was living her life according to God’s plan, knowing throughout the whole journey that she was taken care of. Instead of asking why she wasn’t with all of us longer, I would ask everyone here to truly think about every interaction they may have had with Anna, and focusing on the quality of her life, of her full 58 years.

She was bubbly and energetic, with one of the best smiles ever! She never seemed to slow down. There seemed to be no end to her energy and drive. We admired her strong will and ability to tackle just about anything. Her spirit was contagious and lifted everyone up around her.
Something unique about Anna was her ability to laugh at herself when she messed up. She was always trying new recipes or crafts and seemed to have as much fun sharing her failures as her successes. She had a ‘can do’ attitude. If she failed at first, she would try again until she succeeded. She loved gifting her beautiful handmade keepsakes, which we will now hold even dearer. Little treasures we can look at and think of her while we smile.

Anna’s generosity and kindness was great. One example is the way she taught many of us how to make homemade salsa. Now I don’t know how many of you have tried to jar salsa, but let me tell you, it’s a project. It started with a get-together at her house. We all showed up and she put us to work--chopping up vegetables while we chatted and enjoyed each other’s company. She walked us through the process from beginning to end. She even brought the show on the road! Anna’s selflessness with her time truly was at the pinnacle when she came over to my mother’s house, 5-gallon pot and all, ready to assist with the process that lasted all day. She spent the whole day with us until the salsa was cooling off in the jars. This is just one example of her kindness and generosity. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing Anna surly has a similar story to share.

The quality of Anna’s life was full, rich and meaningful. We want to honor her life by celebrating the special 58 years we had with her. Anna was the kind of person that would want us to continue her path of generosity and quality of compassion and giving. Celebrating her full, beautiful, blessed, happy life is what we all know she would have wanted. To find the good and quality of that time she had here, but also to look introspectively at ourselves to try and find little things we can do to continue what we all remember her as. Anna gave of herself fully to others. The love, the caring and attention her family and friends gave to Anna in return during the last three years has been remarkable. Her friends who pulled together and made meals every night. Her doting husband who worked full time and cared for Anna when he was home. Her amazing kids who took care of their mom, ensuring she got everything she wanted. It was time to give back to the woman who gave all of us so much!

Though the last three years has been difficult, let’s put things into perspective. Anna met her grandbabies, had quality time with her family and friends before she left, and ultimately, she had a lovely last day before she peacefully passed on, knowing it was time and having a grace and godliness about her eternity to show death isn’t something to fear, its something to accept, but that it isn’t the end.

We can find comfort in seeing the fingerprints God has left behind letting us know she is safe and with him now. We don’t need to worry. There is peace in the fact that we don’t need to fret about her any longer as she is in the care of the creator of the universe. Our God made Anna Maria Johnson Bouchard, thought her into existence, and will be with her for eternity.

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The following is the eulogy prepared by Anna's daughter Cindy Bailey:

Two short weeks ago my world got a little darker. I’ve experienced a lifetime of unbreakable, undeniable and unconditional love, and now I’ve lost the main source of those virtues…I’ve lost my best friend.

It’s puzzling how so much weight off your shoulders can feel so heavy. To say that caring for Mom over the last few months was easy would be a total lie. Each day would get a little tougher, as each day mom would get a little weaker. Some days I’d leave my parents’ home so angry that I was put in this position where I had to be more of a caregiver rather than her daughter…but then I’d take a deep breath and count my lucky stars that I even had the opportunity and the capability to do so. Whether by choice or even by strong encouragement, I don’t think many families would have chosen the path we did…but my mom deserved nothing but the best. The best in this case, was with her family. Now that she’s gone, I miss those responsibilities. I miss bringing her iced greed teas from Panera Bread and painting her nails whatever color she felt in the mood for that week. I especially miss how happy she’d get when she heard my voice…I felt so loved in those moments.

Mom was in hospice for 155 days, and lived at home for every one of them. And as the cancer grew stronger, so did our love. I’ll be forever grateful for all the one-on-one time I was afforded to spend with my mother. I will also be forever indebted to the ladies that took care of my mom alongside us – physically, mentally and emotionally could not have gone through this journey without you.

What still amazes me most is that Mom managed to crack a smirk each day - an extremely endearing quality that’s clearly withstood the test of time as so many of you here today have expressed your memories of Mom’s beautiful smile. She really could brighten a room just by flashing those pearly whites! Her smile was infectious and her laugh was totally contagious. She had an incredible sense of humor that she wasn’t afraid to share with anyone she came in contact with. She was kind, strong, compassionate and vibrant…and Mom always went out of her way to help others. I suppose that’s why it was so easy to help her when she needed it most.

Mom was born in 1959 at a time when Hawaii had just been declared the 50th state, the iconic television series “The Twilight Zone” first aired, and movie tickets were only $1.00. Mom was the oldest of five, and was brought up with traditional values alongside her three sisters and one brother. They were taught good manners, respect and sound moral values – principles that were then passed down to my brother and I, for which I will always be thankful for.

My parents met over 40 years ago on a blind date set up by one of my aunts…they were married approximately two years later and have been devoted to each other ever since. I’m talking true devotion, like the kind you see in movies where you can convince yourself it isn’t real. Of course they had their disagreements, but their ability to always stay true to each other was admirable…it’s something I will continue to strive for in my own marriage. Dad, you loved mom so hard and I’m so proud that you stuck with her right to the end, no matter how hard some days would get. I’ve learned so much about love just by watching you and Mom over the years.

As my mother’s daughter, what I remember most about my own childhood was Mom’s consistent presence. She was there at every field hockey, basketball or softball game I played. She was at every choir concert or dance recital that I performed in. She’d take us on summer trips to Story Land and Santa’s Village where we’d camp out as a family for weeks at a time. She taught me how to make no-bake cookies, lasagna and how to can the most delicious dill pickles. She even taught me the art of multi-tasking by meeting some of her closest friends while also watching my brother, Mike, play baseball for the greater part of each spring and summer. She loved her family and friends and wanted to be around us as much as she could be. As a teenager I found it incredibly annoying, but over the years I’ve learned I was truly blessed.

Through my own experiences I’ve also learned that being a mother is really freaking hard, although Mom managed to always make it look so easy. Even after our most shocking confessions, Mom always managed to stay calm, think rationally, and work through any problem Mike and I presented her with. She guided me daily on how to raise my first child, even though I was still a child myself when Trent was born. Mom gave up anything and everything to help her family and never complained. She was an independent woman and was proud to be who she was. It only seems fitting that we were allowed to take care of her in the end, although I think my brother would agree we could never really pay her back for all the shenanigans we put her through over the years.

One of the most important lessons Mom taught me was that you must have faith in the idea that ‘everything happens for a reason’…and sometimes you won’t understand that reason right away, or maybe not even ever, but you must embrace it. We are all presented with struggle and heartbreak at various points in our life – it’s not important why it happens, but more important what we do to overcome it and move ahead. Mom preached it, and she lived it. Her original prognosis was that brain cancer may take her life within 12 months…she made it more than 34. And she made sure to enjoy every last day right to the end. I think Mom really worked hard to prep me for this lesson. She must have known I’d have to be so strong to bear her loss one day.

Mom, I’ll miss texting you at all hours of the night and/or morning; I’ll miss your presence at Paint Nites with the girls; I’ll miss making fun of you when you drop food on your shirt (although I seem to also have inherited this trait); I’ll miss hearing you make up words like ‘fantabulous’ or ‘correct-o-mondo’; I’ll miss the name ‘Mimi’ coming out of my children’s mouth; I’ll miss the honesty you always brought to our conversations, as you were never afraid to tell me I was being ridiculous; I’ll miss sushi dates after getting our hair done; I’ll miss seeing you kiss Dad goodbye or goodnight; I’ll miss cheering with you on the sidelines; I’ll miss your hugs, I’ll miss your laugh, I’ll just miss everything about you.

I honestly could go on forever about how wonderful my mother was. But I’ll leave you all with this, an Anonymous poem sent to me by Mom’s good friend and neighbor:

God saw she was getting tired
And a cure was not to be.
So he put his arms around her
And whispered, "Come with me."

With tearful eyes we watched her suffer
And saw her fade away.
Although we loved her dearly,
We could not make her stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.