Therese Boisvert Perkins
1926 ∼ 2020
Therese Louise Boisvert Perkins passed away peacefully on August 16, 2020 and headed for what she hoped would be a great adventure. She was born in Boston, Ma on May 14, 1926 to Gertrude (Hureau) and Rodolphe Boisvert. She attended the Faulkner Hospital School of Nursing as a member of the Cadet Nurses Corp which was created to alleviate the nursing shortage during World War II. She graduated in the class of 1947. Later that year she married John F. Burns. They raised two daughters, Susan and Joanne. Widowed in 1975 she married William Perkins of Hingham, MA in 1995. They retired to her home in Brewster, splitting their time between there and Florida for several years until Bill’s death in 2005.
Therese loved being a nurse. She had a varied and exciting career working in many areas of the profession including surgical, obstetrical,emergency room, public health, adult day-care, and geriatric care. She was the Public Health Nurse for the town of Stoughton MA where she lived for many years. Intending to retire, she moved to Cape Cod in the early 1970’s where she and John helped her brother Cleo and his family operate Riverview Bait and Tackle. After John passed away unexpectedly in 1975 she returned to her roots at Faulkner and commuted over the bridge to work nights. She went on to be the R.N. for the first pilot program for adult day-care in Massachusetts at Barnstable County Hospital in Pocasset. During those years, in her capacity as a nurse, she accompanied a group of physically challenged adults to England and Scotland and had the time of her life taking a boat over to France for lunch and returning to England before dinner. She was thrilled to have set foot on the soil of her French ancestors. But you could tell her heart was really in obstetrics when she would ask every nurse and many of the doctors she met, including her caregivers these past few years, how many babies they had delivered. In a memoir published in the 1970’s about one nurse’s experiences at Faulkner Hospital, Terry was described as not just “an excellent nurse” but as “one of the shining lights of the OBS department”. Although she officially retired from nursing in her seventies, she never truly stopped being a nurse.
She leaves her proud daughter Joanne F. Burns and Jo’s partner Jay A. Harrington of Orleans, MA., granddaughter Annie Rose Skarupa (John) and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her daughter and Annie’s mom Susan Burns Menard, her brother Cleophas Boisvert and her sister Gertrude Ryan.
Her family, including nephew Lee Boisvert and his wife Victoria, would like to thank Broad Reach Hospice for making Terry’s last days more comfortable. Our heartfelt thanks go out to the entire staff at Rosewood Manor in Harwich who took such exemplary and loving care of Terry during her residence there for the last 3 years.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:
The Home for Little Wanderers
10 Guest Street, Boston, MA 02135
Burial will be private.