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Beverly Ann BoudreauJune 5, 1934 ~ June 29, 2017 (age 83)
Beverly Ann Boudreau
June 5, 1934 - June 29, 2017
Beverly Ann Nunnally Boudreau died Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the home of her daughter in Lansing, Michigan, after a lengthy illness.
She was born June 5, 1934, in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Her parents, William Henry "Tex" Nunnally and Carmen Stine Nunnally, had married in Michigan City one year earlier. They had met in Michigan while visiting relatives there, and later eloped to Michigan City in 1934 as the Great Depression precluded a large wedding. Tex had found work as a cook at the Spaulding Hotel. When Carmen became pregnant with Beverly, their first child, she returned to her parents’ home in Pennsylvania, following the time-honored custom.
Beverly grew up in Michigan City, attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in the class of 1952. She counted the friends she had made during her school days as among her best friends for the rest of her life.
The closest of those friends, Adele Finske Dabkowski, introduced Beverly in 1958 to the man who would be her husband of 54 years. On Nov. 26, 1959, she married Everette Lee Boudreau, who came with a ready-made family of four daughters. The Boudreaus added to that family with two additional children.
In addition to their marriage partnership, Lee and Beverly were partners in business. Over the remainder of Lee’s life, Boudreau Construction Company built more than 100 homes in the La Porte County area, developed two subdivisions, and befriended customers who they came to think of as a part of their extended family. Beverly loved all aspects of the business, did accounts and billing, and loved to stain and varnish the woodwork in the homes they built. When Lee retired, she worked in several local businesses, finally working in several Al’s Supermarkets because she loved the company of her customers.
A devout Roman Catholic, Beverly loved attending daily mass as long as her health allowed, and served as a Eucharistic Minister.
Suffering continued health problems following a serious automobile accident, Beverly moved to Lansing, Michigan, in 2014 where she was under the care of her daughter, Mary. There, she loved her life as a matriarch of the community, attended both Catholic mass and Methodist services, was active in Democratic politics, and adored the new friends she lived with there, including her "adopted daughters" Carol Kasuda and Andrea Stoltie Nevois. And she became a cat person; her devoted Charlie Buckets was her constant companion to the end. She asked especially that he be noted in her obituary.
There will be visitation and rosary at Queen of All Saints on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with Mass of Christian burial at 10 am on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Queen of All Saints Church, 606 S. Woodland, Michigan City. with interment of her remains in Greenwood Cemetery.
Beverly is survived by many family and friends and her children, Janice Pasko, Joanna Boudreaux, Yvonne Mansfield, Vivian Boudreaux Mikasa (Kent Mikasa), Mary Boudreau and Dr. George Boudreau (Paul Alles); and grandchildren Jennifer Pasko, Bradley Mansfield, Ryan Mansfield, Gabriel Rotberg, Andrew Kohlbacher, Claire Boudreaux, Stephanie Base, Andrea O’Malley, Antonio Jordan, Ashley Boudreau Grettenberger, Paul Boudreau Grettenberger and Effrem Boudreau Grettenberger. Her husband, parents and brother William James Nunnally preceded her in death.