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Barbara Boutin


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Barbara E. Boutin

1922 - 2016 Barbara Elizabeth Boutin, 94, passed away peacefully at her daughter's home in Pittsfield, MA on Tuesday, May 24th. She was born in Chicopee, MA on April 28, 1922, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt Corliss and Florence Gertrude (Robertson). She was married February 22, 1941, to her beloved husband, the late Albert J Boutin Jr (2003). As a child she spent her summers on the beach in Wells, ME. When she retired from driving a Springfield Special Needs school bus at the age of 80, she spent her summers in the Berkshires and her winters in Tallahassee, FL. After raising her children, she worked as an LPN in Obstetrics at the former Providence Hospital. At age 65 she got her bachelor degree from the University of Massachusetts. During WWII she was a captain in the Massachusetts Women's Defense Corps. Both she and her husband Al were founding members of the Willimansette Heights Improvement League, the very first meeting hosted in their home. Barbara's volunteer work was extensive, some of which was driving the Chicopee Senior Center van, teaching needlework to the seniors and local 4-H'ers. Even in her 90's she taught knitting at Lake Talquin Baptist Church and called bingo at the Fort Braden Senior Center in Tallahassee. She was a parishioner of St. Mary's in the Willimansett section of Chicopee until it's closing by the Catholic Church, she then supported St. Rose de Lima in Aldenville. Barbara was a member of the Red Hat Social Club of Tallahassee and the Mayflower Society, directly descending from both Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster. Her 7th great grandmother was Hannah (Emerson) Duston, a colonial heroine from Haverhill, MA. She leaves a sister, Nancy Martin in California, her two daughters, Barbara B. Sullivan of Tallahassee, FL and Corliss A. Brielman and her husband Christopher of Pittsfield; two sons, Ernest A. Boutin of Hermiston, OR and Michael J. Boutin and his wife Rhoda of Jacksonville, FL. She also leaves three granddaughters, Tracy D. Raheb, Jennifer B. Bundy and Suzanne M. Lafleur; two grandsons, Ryan J Boutin and Christopher M. Brielman; 6 great-grandchildren, Kevin M. Shannon, Meagan M. and Rachael D. Raheb, Brandon P. and Devon B. Lafleur, and Daniel P. Bundy; 1 great-great grandson, Jamie M. Shannon. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at Grise Funeral Home, 280 Springfield St., Chicopee, followed by an 11 a.m. Mass at Assumption Church and burial in Calvary Cemetery. Visiting Hours will be held on the morning of the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Donations in her memory may be made to the or to the Willimansette Heights Improvement League in care Grise Funeral Home. Please visit www.Grisefh.com for more info.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on June 1, 2016
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