Florida Trail Association

Remembering Terry Bouley

From left to right : Terry, daughter Debbie, and husband Gene at the Highlanders Chapter Chili Party in February 2018. (Judy Leavers)

Therese (Terry) Bouley
November 13, 1937 – March 17, 2018
Highlanders Chapter: Trail Maintainer (Ocala National Forest Trailmaster), Activity Leader
FTA Award: Special Service 2018

In Remembrance of Terry Bouley
by Judy Leavers

The first time that Jon and I met Terry and Gene was on our first hike with the Highlanders. It was a winter warm-up hike in December that required a shuttle. The Bouleys offered to shuttle us in their car. Terry immediately took me under her wing. She began telling me about their family, about their home in New Hampshire, and their active lives. I thought that if this woman (ten years older than me) can do all of this and look like this, this is how I want to be.

Over the years, we spent quite a bit of time with Terry and Gene – hiking, biking, paddling, and socializing. Even though Terry was slowing down the last couple of years with her breathing problems, shenever gave up; she still participated. We can all learn this from her.

Over time, I learned of Terry’s great love for family. She and Gene traveled to four or five graduations one year. If they could get in some hiking on the trips, that was even better! She taught me to always put family first.

Besides the physical activities, we would sometimes play a marble game with the Bouleys. Gene and I are both competitive and rather vocal; Terry would just sit back quietly and play the game. At the end of the game, she was usually the winner and then told us that she didn’t know what she was doing (yeah, right).

At Terry’s memorial, I learned even more about her family, her job as a nurse, her willpower, and her faith. She was one strong woman. I will always remember Terry with that gleam in her eye and that smile on her face.

Obituary for Therese Bouley

With great sorrow, the family of Therese Marie (Berube) Bouley announces her passing on March 17, 2018 at the age of 80. Therese (Terry) was born in Worcester. MA on November 13, 1937, the daughter of Armand Berube (deceased) and Lauretta Sawyer Berube (deceased), and the eldest of 10 siblings. Terry attended Catholic school and was influenced by the caring nature of the nuns. At age 11, she had her first job, tending to the elderly in a nursing home. She obtained her RN from St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in 1958, and worked in this profession over the next 40 years, until finally retiring in 1999 as the Head Nurse at the Winchester MA Nursing Home.

Terry was fervently devoted to living her program. For 34 years she inspired countless members of the OA Fellowship from around the world who sought her strength and spirituality. Her beliefs in the mass, the Eucharist, and her unwavering faith and trust in God and his blessed mother were her foundation. She loved her family more than life itself, caring for them and others was her first priority, and she rejoiced that her children inherited her love for of family and caregiving. Terry loved the outdoors, traveling to visit family, and the countless morning mountain hikes, bike rides and canoe trips she shared with her husband Eugene.