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Muriel R. (Carter) Boutchie

Muriel R.“Meme” (Carter) Boutchie, 78, (known as Mernie to her friends and family), former longtime resident of Ipswich and Essex, passed away peacefully Friday morning October 24, 2008in the Kaplan Family Hospice House, Danvers after her brief illness.

Born February 22, 1930 in Essex, she was the daughter of the late Carl and E. Alberta (Rogers) Carter. She attended Gloucester High School where she was “Class Pin Up Girl” and graduated with the Class of 1948. She worked as a telephone operator in Essex alongside her sister Kathleen. She went to work for the family business, The Village Restaurant in Essex, for over forty years.

She married the late Maynard Boutchie at St. Johns the Baptist Church in Essex in 1949 and eventually settled in Ipswich where she raised her family (her heart was always in Essex). Mernie had many interests including trips to Foxwoods, traveling to Florida with her brother, Dana and sister-in-law Barbara, going out to lunch with her sister Kathleen, spending time with her friend Marilyn, bingo with her friend Marge, and  loved her family dinners the most. Her greatest joy, however, was taking care of children whether family or friends. She touched the lives of many children being a nanny to them all. She lived her life to the fullest and was an inspiration to all of us. She will be sorely missed and remembered by all those who had the pleasure of loving her.

She is survived by two sons, Gary Boutchie and his wife Linda of Ipswich and Glenn Boutchie Sr. and his wife Ginny of Essex; a special niece Carole Serratore and her husband Nick of Byfield; two brothers and their wives, Dana Carter and his wife Barbara of Essex and Dick Carter and his wife Pat of Essex, one sister Kathleen Ricci of Essex, and a sister-in-law Audrey Francis of Ipswich. Meme leaves six grandchildren, Glenn Boutchie Jr., and his wife Sharon of Danvers with whom Meme resided for the past ten years, Heather Connerty and her husband David of Bradford, Dan Boutchie and his wife Jennifer of Georgetown, Michael Boutchie of Ipswich, Ryan Boutchie and his wife Amy of Dennisport and Erin Boutchie of Ipswich. Meme also leaves three great grandchildren, Julia and Jessica Boutchie of Danvers and Camden Connerty of Bradford, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Her funeral will be held Monday October 27 at 10 am from the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich, followed by a Funeral Mass 11 am in St. John the Baptist Church, Main Street, Essex, with interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 4 to 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in her name may be made to Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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