1925 – 2014
NEW GLOUCESTER — Marie-Thérèse Gauthier, widow of Francis Gauthier, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully at home in New Gloucester on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Marie-Thérèse was born in Rumford on May 17, 1925, to Alfred Routhier and Esther Beliveau Routhier. She attended local schools and graduated from Stephens High School in 1943.
Marie-Thérèse trained at Mercy Hospital in Portland in 1944, and then transferred to the Rumford Hospital, where she completed her nurse’s courses and was employed as a private duty nurse.
Marie-Thérèse was a longtime resident of Rumford, where she was active in the Extension for many years.
She was married for 63 years to Francis Gauthier. Together, they raised two daughters. As a family, they spent many happy summers at “the camp” on Worthley Pond, where she spent many hours sailing on her “cat.”
Marie-Thérèse enjoyed an active retirement with her husband. They traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe, visiting family and friends. She particularly enjoyed cross-country skiing with the “Over Hills Gang” on the many trails and back roads of western Maine.
She participated in alpine skiing until her mid-70s. At age 77, her new passion became kayaking on Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester.
She was an avid knitter and her legacy is the many hats, sweaters, mittens and socks, still worn by her family. The sunshine of her life, great-grandson, Colby, is the newest generation sporting her knitted creations.
Marie-Thérèse is survived by her daughter, Anne Gauthier-Maurice and her husband, David Maurice, of New Gloucester; her daughter, Paula Gauthier of New Gloucester; her grandchildren, Janessa and Brent Maurice of Portland; her great-grandson, Colby; her sister, Jeanne Lefebvre of Chama, N.M.; and her brothers, Albert Routhier of Baltimore, Md.; Robert Routhier of Augusta, Ga.; and David Routhier of Colorado Springs, Colo.
The family would like to thank Pauline Bowie and Holly Johnson for their compassionate care during the last months of her life.
Online condolences can be given to the family at www.jonesrichandhutchins.com.