Doreen A. (Bouffard) O'Leary


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Amesbury, MA - Doreen Ann (Bouffard) O'Leary, age 64, of Amesbury, died suddenly at her home, Wednesday, September 4, 2019. She is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, James R. O'Leary, whom she married on November 5, 1978.

Born in Medford, August 24, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Norman Leo and Marilyn (French) Bouffard and was a graduate of the Peabody Veterans' Memorial High School, Class of 1973, as was Jim O'Leary.

Doreen loved life and treasured every minute of every day, fully appreciating the love of her family and her community. Her positive outlook and genuine sincerity endeared her to everyone in her life. She was all about kindness, caring for others, and fully embracing the power of faith in her interior life and her faith overflowed to many others, especially to young people that she taught.

As a woman of great faith, Doreen was the Religious Education Director at the Holy Redeemer Parish at St. Ann's Church in West Newbury as well as the Church of the Nativity in Merrimac for 25 years. She was also the Youth Minister at the former Sacred Heart Church in Amesbury for many years, and was a former member of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Amesbury.

In addition to her loving husband, James R. O'Leary, she is survived by her son, Justin O'Leary and wife Kirsten of Newton, N.H.; her daughter, Carolyn O'Leary of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three grandchildren, who brought her such great joy, Iris, Lucas and Nolan; her sister-in-law, Nancy DeMartino and husband Vincent of Winthrop, along with extended family and many very dear friends. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Mary Lynn Bryson and Joan Demosthenes, and her granddaughter, Mira Joy O'Leary.
Visiting hours at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, will be Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m at the Church of the Nativity of the Holy Redeemer Parish, 4 Green Street, Merrimac. A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac. Please consider wearing the color purple in remembrance of Doreen. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the St. Vincent De St. Paul Society, 4 Green Street Merrimac, MA 01860 or to the Pregnancy Care Center, 496 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.
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Published on September 7, 2019
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Cynthia Costello
Sep 07, 2019
We have lost a true “ woman of God” in the passing of dear Doreen. We worked making beautiful music together when she first arrived in Amesbury so many years ago. We would practice for folk liturgies at my home. me on acoustic piano & she on guitar. The young folks always enjoyed singing out great praise songs like “We Are Called.” And Doreen was called to be a light & support to so many, especially young folk🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶. We worked with a most supportive priest, Fr Paul Berube, who also passed this week😪😪
Let us sing together “Here I Am Lord,” Celebrating Doreen & Fr. Paul🎼🎼🎼🎼