Margaret E. (Ryan) Boucher (1925 - 2014)

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LEVERETT - Margaret E. (Ryan) Boucher, 87, of Number 6 Road, Leverett, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Center for Extended Care Amherst.

She was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Williamsburg, the daughter of the late Nolia Johndrow Ryan Tacy and John Ryan.

She attended Williamsburg High School and the Northampton School of Business. Directly after graduating, Margaret spent a short time during World War II working in Washington, D.C., as a secretary for the Department of the Navy. Other positions she held were secretary for the Rudisson Engineering Company, Leeds, and five years as secretary to the Leverett Elementary School principal. For 25 years Margaret worked for Sears as an office customer service representative.

A devout Catholic, she volunteered as registrar and office assistant for St. Brigid's Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) religious education classes while her children were participating.

Married in 1950 to Roger J. Boucher, Sr., they lived for 53 years in Leverett, raising five children and were proprietors of Sleepy Hollow Campground. Margaret continued living in the family home.

She was predeceased by her loving husband Roger J. Boucher, Sr., and her brother William J. Ryan.

She is survived by her children, daughter Ellen M. Hendricks and husband Bradford C. Hendricks of Leverett, daughter Diane Boucher Appel and husband Edward B. Appel of Milford, Pa., son Roger J. Boucher, Jr., and wife Mary Newsom Boucher of San Mateo, Calif., son John C. Boucher and wife Cheryl Reske Boucher of Leverett, and son Paul W. Boucher of Leverett, also her six grandchildren, Seth P. Hendricks, Sara L. Hendricks, Roger J. Boucher, III, William A. Boucher, Matthew J. Boucher and Lindsey M. Boucher.

Those whose lives were touched by Margaret are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. in St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Amherst. Burial will follow in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Hadley. A celebratory reception will take place for all family and friends following the burial.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be given to the St. Brigid's Catholic Church Cemetery Fund, 122 North Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Apr. 5, 2014
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