Therese Marie Mai Theriault Dufour (1929—2017)
MADAWASKA, Maine — Therese Marie Mai Theriault Dufour, 88, went on her 4th day to be with the Lord on September 20, 2017. She was born in Riviere Verte, N.B. Canada on May 29, 1929, daughter of the late Abel and Adelle (Moreau) Theriault.
She attended elementary schools in Riviere Verte, Mount Carmel Academy, St. John, NB, and St. Joseph Academy in St. Basile, NB. She taught school in Riviere Verte at “Ecole Cyr” and soon after met the love of her life, Adrien, a young American man who was enlisted in the Army. They married in 1949 and in 1955 she became a naturalized citizen to live in the United States of America. She earned a degree in education at the University of Maine in Fort Kent and continued to work in the Madawaska school system as a teacher’s assistant for twenty years from 1968-1988.
She was a leader in the Girl Scouts with her daughters and a den mother for Cub Scouts with her sons in pack 190 in Madawaska. She was also involved with Marriage Encounter and Precana in Maine and experienced Cursillo. After Adrien retired from Fraser Paper, they traveled to sunny Florida each year until it became too much for them in 2006. While in Florida, she and Adrien volunteered at Give Kids the World, were members of St. Ann Church took part of ministering at the Kairos Prison (Cursillo). They also enjoyed traveling to many places in the United States. They shared a wonderful life together. After her loving husband of sixty years passed away, Therese became an active member with the Ladies of St. Ann. She volunteered at church and was active at the Madawaska retired citizens center. She enjoyed helping others as a RSVP member.
Therese was predeceased by her son, Michael Dufour, two grandsons, Bryan and David Chapman; and all of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Peter Dufour of Florida; two daughters, Maryse Capobianco of Gorham, and Lynne Raymond and her husband Peter of Caribou; three grandchildren, Henry Dufour and his wife Sarah of Michigan, Jessica Dufour Champagne and her husband Jeremy of Rangely, and William Perry from New York; she was blessed with four great-grandchildren, Desaray Chapman, Alena DeLeon, Xavier Cordero all from Connecticut, and Ariana Gracey of Maine.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church. Family and friends offered their condolences at the church on Monday from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. before the Mass. Interment was at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Caribou. She requests that her children, family, and friends of the Catholic community pray for her, with God’s grace, she will enjoy Eternal Life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas Memorial fund, 309 St. Thomas St., Madawaska, ME 04756. Arrangements have been entrusted to Lajoie Funeral Home, Madawaska. For online condolences, please visit www.lajoiefuneralhome.com