1940 – 2010
Treasure Island, FL – Vivian C. Houle, 70, of 116th Avenue, formerly of Alexander’s Lake, Dayville, CT, died Sunday, October 24, 2010, at her home. She was the loving spouse of Rachel Doucette and they enjoyed 29 years together. Born in Webster, MA on January 5, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Alcide and Eva (LaFlamme) Houle.
Vivian spent her childhood in North Grosvenordale, CT, graduated Valedictorian from Tourtellotte Memorial High School and Annhurst College in Woodstock, CT, and completed her Masters at the University of Connecticut. She moved to Florida 20 years ago, adopting the easygoing lifestyle for which Florida is so famous.
Ms. Houle worked for the Putnam School System as a foreign language teacher for 28 years, specializing in French. Vivian had a gift for drawing even the shyest out of their shell, paid attention to all present and warmed them with her sunny smile. A lively, energetic and entertaining personality, she left an indelible impression on all who were fortunate to know her. Vivian loved to travel, taking many cruises including one to Europe’s Capitals. She enjoyed casinos and was an adept player of the slot machines.
In addition to Rachel, she is survived by her brothers, Lawrence Houle of Brooklyn, CT, Fabien Houle and Lionel Houle of Webster, MA; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. She was predeceased by her brother, the late Armand Houle; and her sisters, the late Belva Paradis and Leona LaRose.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Vivian’s family at 9:00 am Saturday, November 13, 2010 in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Mary Church, 218 Providence St., Putnam. Burial will follow in All Hallows Cemetery, Moosup, CT. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.
Memorial donations may be made to the Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760 or on-line at www.suncoasthospice.org and/or The Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714. (100% of all donations are used for Pancreatic Cancer research.)