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Vivian C. Houle

Posted By Wendy On November 3, 2010 @ 12:19 pm In Obituaries | 8 Comments

In Memorial

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.)

Condolences for the family of “Vivian C. Houle”

Condolence from Joan Dailey on November 4th, 2010 2:49 pm

Vivian will be missed by all. She could always make you laugh with her clowning. I met Vivian shortly after moving to Florida nine years ago.. She and Rachel were flowergirls at my wedding making our day complete. She was a very caring person and was great comfort to me and my husband during illnesses. The American Legion Post 158 will never be the same without her. Rest in Peace dear. My heart goes out to Rachel and Vivians family.

Condolence from Ray C. Houle on November 10th, 2010 9:27 am

Dear Aunt Vee:

I will always remember the good times me and you had
always laughing and always getting into some trouble for 15 years we were always together in looking into getting into some mischief which we did. Remember at the Lake when I was staining your shed behind the A frame and i yelled to you that the $25.00 can of stain had toppled over and was running down on me from head to toe? We both just stood there laughing and you told me to jump in the lake to clean up. I could go on and on and never stop but we had a great time. I will always love you and i always had you in my prayers every night so sorry you didn’t receive any of my cards that I sent you (supposedly address mix up). But Barbara Larose did me one big favor and whispered in your ear that was the truth and you replied (ok). Love Ray Ray

Condolence from Julie Akins on November 10th, 2010 9:30 pm

Rachel, was so sorry to hear of Vivian’s passing. I will never forget all the fun times we had with the two of you while visiting my sister in Florida. I hope that all of your memories help you through this difficult time. May God Bless you and keep you safe,

Julie Akins and family

Condolence from Penny Zamagni on November 11th, 2010 11:33 pm

She will always be Miss Houle in my memory. An enthusiastic, engaged, dedicated teacher whose energy was phenomenal. She brought humour and a sense of fun to the classroom. And of course her intelligence, ability and competence were always in the fore. She was quite a young woman when I was in her classes and she seemed to understand what it was like to be stuck behind a desk learning a foreign language..Miss Houle would have us stretch and do light exercise when she saw ennui setting in. I am so terribly sorry to hear that she has passed too soon and send heartfelt sympathy to her partner and brothers.

Condolence from Marilyn Pierce on November 13th, 2010 10:48 am

Rachel, may God’s love and compassion comfort you during this difficult time. My sincere sympathy goes out to you and Vivian’s family. I will always treasure the memories of Vivian and her comical ways. She was certainly a wonderful gift to this world.

Condolence from Mary Hayden on November 16th, 2010 9:09 pm

Rachel, we have never met, but I want you to know that Vivian was the best teacher I ever had. I so appreciated the way she gave me extra French books to read so I could stay interested. Her intelligence and sense of humor was such a bright spot in the sometimes dreary day at Putnam High School.
At some point several years later I realized that she, like me, had chosen to live her life with a woman. She was a role model for me without ever knowing it.
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time of loss. I hope that it will be a comfort to you to know how many people remember Vivian with such fondness.

Condolence from Susan Walsh on November 30th, 2010 10:38 pm

Rachael, I can’t remember when we met you and Vivian. I do know our lives were better having met you both. Fun, laughter and caring were part of your personalities. Danny always enjoyed talking to both of you and had fun kidding Viv at times. I am happy to have known Vivian, just thinking of her makes me smile. While she is just out of our sight for now, she is never far from our minds.

Condolence from tom and lew on December 1st, 2010 12:20 pm

We have known Vivian for about 16 – 17 years. We went on several vacations with Viv and Rachel, Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Biloxi and a cruise. Viv was always the life of the party. We loved her like a sister and will surely miss her smiling face and the antics she used to perform. She was a special person.

Love Tom and Lew

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