Valerie Beatrice Boudreau

March 3, 1926 - August 19, 2015

Valerie Beatrice Boudreau, died at peace in her home in Anna, Texas on August 19th, 2015.

Formerly of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, she graduated from nursing at Saint Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in the fall of 1947. She was licensed with the Association of Nurses in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Connecticut. She married Dr. Donald Joseph Boudreau on August 16th 1950 at Stella Maris Church, East Saint John, New Brunswick. Valerie started her family of six children there. In 1972 her husband joined the Foreign Service branch of the Canadian National Health and Welfare Services. In the span of five years she moved her family from Saint John, New Brunswick to Port of Spain, Trinidad, Paris, France and Rome, Italy before the family returned to Toronto, Canada. In 1979 Valerie moved to Van Alstyne, Texas with her family where she worked with her husband in his Medical Office. She continued her love of helping people through community services such as Grayson County Juvenile Alternatives and Meals on Wheels to name a few. Valerie and her husband were amongst the First Families who were instrumental in establishing the Holy Family Catholic Church in Van Alstyne. Valerie loved reading and was part of the Mantua Book Club as well as several others. She assisted in the development of the International Women’s Club of Grayson County. She was an avid bridge card player, playing regularly with her friends at the Hurricane Creek Country Club and the Gentle Creek Bridge Club. She also enjoyed playing mahjong and tarabish. Valerie’s love of gardening lead to her love of water color painting. She studied under many water color artists whom she admired. Over the years she exhibited, won awards and sold work through the Sherman Art League. Valerie’s love of world traditions and cultures led her to travel throughout all seven continents. To name a few of her adventures: After mid-night mass during the Jubilee year of 1975 in Rome, the Boudreau family followed Pope Paul VI through the Bronze Doors in St. Peter’s Basilica which are only opened every 25 years. She and her husband travelled through Russia before the ‘Fall of the Iron Curtain’ in 1989. They rafted down the Grand Canyon in May of 1990. Travelling ‘down under’ in 1991 Valerie fell in love with the beautiful countryside of New Zealand and declared it one of her favorite places in the world. In 1996 Valerie and Donald cruised to Antarctica where she celebrated her 70th birthday walking among the penguins. In Africa they drank champagne and ate strawberries on the Kenyan plains after arriving by air balloon. They travelled through the Panama Canal in 2002 and were on the last Atlantic crossing of the Queen Mary in 2004. They also went boating down the Yangtze River in China before it was flooded in 2009. Her artistic eye and technical savvy at the computer helped her capture and document her travels with wonderful slide shows. Valerie’s spirit of adventure and exploration inspired her family and friends to travel as well.

She is survived by her three grandchildren, Chelsea (Trent) Conner, Megan and Cameron Boudreau and by her children Joanne, Michael, Ann-Marie, David (Sheri – Jen & JR Rivera (Josiah, Nehemiah, Neveah, Naomi), Michael Goolsby (Will, Maddie), Clint & Tessa Goolsby (Roxie)), Kathryn and Stephen (Diane) Boudreau. Valerie is predeceased by her husband Dr. Donald J. Boudreau, her parents, Obeline Mary and Cuthbert Lawrence Mofford, and her two brothers Lawrence and Wallace.

The funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Van Alstyne, Texas, on Saturday, August 29th at 11:00. A rosary will be held at 7:00 p.m., Friday evening, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas.

At the family's request, donations may be made in Mrs. Valerie Boudreau to the Alzheimer’s Association at  www.alzfdn.org.

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My thoughts and prayers are with you. Robert Hynds, August 27, 2015 Mom, thank you for always being there for me. I always knew that I was loved and that there was a safe place for me in your heart. I will always miss you and yet be inspired and gladdened by the many wonderful memories of the times spent with you. Love Always - Stephen John Stephen John Boudreau, August 24, 2015