July 30, 1933 – April 11, 2019
VASSALBORO - Pearl Theriault passed away peacefully on April 11, 2019 at the age of 85 after having dementia for 5 years. She was in her home surrounded by her family and loved ones listening to some of her favorite music. Just as the song, “Jesus take the Wheel” ended, Pearl left us and the end of her suffering was here. Born on July 30, 1933, in Fort Kent, Pearl was the oldest of 6 children of the late Paul and Alma Bard. She met her husband, Raymond Theriault, otherwise known as “Zoo” at the family store in Fort Kent. They were married on December 31, 1951 and shared 52 years of marriage together until his passing in 2003. During their marriage, they had 6 children. They began their life in Fort Kent and eventually moved to central Maine after their first 2 children were born. After raising her children, Pearl returned to the work force. She worked for various employers, ending her career at Hannaford as a cashier at the age of 77. Wherever Pearl worked, she earned the respect of her co-workers and management for her style and ability to connect with others. She could talk like no other and this was evident when customers would line up for her specifically to cash out their groceries. She thoroughly enjoyed her job at Hannaford and seeing her friends, customers and co-workers, daily. Pearl was a talented woman who could knit, crochet and sew, including making quilts for her family, including all of her children. In her earlier days, she could be found cooking for a family gathering, attending church or dancing with her husband. She also had a fondness for collecting angels. As dementia set in for Pearl, she moved in with her daughter, Rae Ann and family. While life changed, family still remained important and her grandkids and great grandkids were the light of her life. She spent her last years around family and was supported by wonderful and caring family, friends, and caregivers, to whom the family is forever indebted. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, her son, Terry Theriault, her sister, Doris Robinson, and her brother, Roland Bard. Pearl will be sadly missed by all that knew her but mostly her children; Gary Theriault and wife, Patti of Lincoln, Dana Theriault and wife, Cheryl of Fort Kent, Randy Theriault and companion, Robin Chretien, of Farmington, Peggy Pelletier and husband, Edmond of Fort Kent, and Rae Ann Lajoie and companion, Jennifer Stevens of Vassalboro. She will also be missed by her 3 remaining siblings, Jo-Jo Boudreau, Mary Anne Pooler, and Roger Bard as well as many grandchildren and great grandchildren and several other family members. Pearl will have visiting hours at Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street in Waterville on April 24, 2019 from 8 am - 10 am. Her funeral will be held at Notre Dame Church immediately following at 11:00 am. Burial will follow with a reception at the church hall after. In lieu of flowers, please donate to End Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One Suite 2C, Scarborough ME 04074. Her family will be walking again in October towards this valuable organization. The family would like to thank all friends, caregivers, and hospice providers that supported Pearl and the family along her journey. They recognize that they could not have cared for her at home alone and the support will be forever remembered.
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bernadette Dempsey Paradis
April 18, 2019
Dearest Cousin Pearl..Beautiful Lady always a great Lady and well kept...I will miss you always...Have fond memories of when you visited my moms on Sunday’s and when you visited mom at Mount St Joseph...You lit the room with that beautiful smile..I’m so greatful we were cousins..You were always so Humble and Kind..I will always cherish the memories of you..Rest In Peace and God Bless You beautiful Angel 🌺🌺🌺♥️♥️♥️
Lori Noonan Isenberg
April 17, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss She was a beautiful lady .Sending my prayers and love..
Cynthia Marceau (Smithfield, Maine)
April 17, 2019
I passed through Pearl's Cash Register line many, many times in my adult hood ... she was always warm and friendly to us all ... her obituary photo captured her genuinely, happy personality that always made our day. Peace to her family and a hug to all who were a recipient of her sweetness.
Jen and Rae Lajoie
April 16, 2019
You are deeply missed at home and we will forever think of all the memories that we created with you over the years. Hope you are dancing in heaven....see you someday. Rae and Jen