Mary Catherine Lake Boucher


Mary Catherine Lake Boucher

Mary Catherine Lake Boucher, age 99, a lifelong resident of her beloved Belen, now residing in Grapevine, Texas, went to her heavenly home at 5:53 a.m. on May 24, 2023, following a brief illness.

Services will take place at the First Baptist Church in Belen on Friday, June 9, beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen.

She is survived by her daughter, Terri Sue Boucher Vrabel (Charles); grandchildren, Kimberly Ann Wickens (Mike) and Robert Boucher; great-grandson, Connor Phillip Wickens; sister, Eleanor Lake Love; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary is preceded in death by her loving husband, the Honorable Mayor Terry Boucher; son, Phillip Larry Boucher (Marijean); granddaughter, Dawna Leigh; parents, Everett Gerald and Lucille Velta Hunton Lake; brothers, Gerald (Edythe), Eppa (Lucille), Edgar (Mary Helen) and Phillip Lake; brother-in-law, John Love; and several nephews.

She was born in 1924. Following a hip fracture in 2020, Mary lived in Grapevine, Texas, with her grandson, Robert. She had been a member of the Order of Rainbow for Girls in her teenage years.

Mary became a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and enjoyed her membership for 79 years. She held several state positions in the Order of Easter Star including grand warder, grand Esther and grand representative to North Dakota and Tennessee, respectively.

During her life, Mary attended Texas Tech, followed by working on the Santa Fe Railroad during the war.  When her husband became a lawyer, she worked as his legal secretary and did all of his quiet title suits.

Mary was a member of both the First Baptist Church of Belen and Los Chavez Baptist Church. During her membership at the First Baptist Church of Belen, she served as a Girls Auxiliary Missions Leader for young girls. Mary also served as the church historian for several years. She especially enjoyed her Sunday School class at Los Chavez Baptist Church.

Mary was accepted into the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2017 and was very proud that her lineage was proven to connect with a Revolutionary War patriot.

She was a dedicated mother to her family, always participating in her children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandson’s activities. Mary enjoyed sewing and needlework and crossword puzzles. She took an avid interest in the space program, and loved to go ballooning with her son, Larry.

Mary took pleasure in a Mediterranean cruise and traveled to the Holy Land, Egypt, the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada and Mexico. She loved family gatherings, both in Belen and at her cabin in Ruidoso.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The family thanks the staff at the Lodge of Bear Creek rehab in Grapevine, Texas, for their exceptional care and the wonderful nurses and doctors at Baylor Scott and White Hospital, who cared for her during her illness.

Please sign Mary’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

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