Phyllis Marie Boucher, 78, Minot and Lake Wales, Fla., died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, in a Winter Haven, Fla., hospital.
Phyllis was born July 19, 1934, in Somerville, Mass., to John and Catherine (Parrott) Pendergast. She was reared and educated in Bedford, Mass., and graduated from Holy Family High School in 1952. As a young adult she was employed at the New Bedford Standard Times as a clerk. She moved to Liberal, Kan., in 1955, where she was employed as a secretary at the Pan Handle East Pipeline Company. She moved to Minot in 1957, where she was employed at KXMC/KCJB and in 1976 she worked for Minot Livestock Auction.
Phyllis married Thomas Charles "Chuck" Boucher on Sept. 11, 1964, in Minot. They made their home in Minot, where she was a full-time wife, mother to eight children, grandmother to 12, great-grandmother to two, and a homemaker. She had spent the winter months in Lake Wales for the past 20 years.
Phyllis was a former member of Little Flower Catholic Church and most recently had been attending St. Leo's Catholic Church, both in Minot. She was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lake Wales. Phyllis was an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for more than 50 years. She also served on the Bishop Ryan High School Board and was an active volunteer for the Bishop Ryan High School Activities Association. She especially enjoyed crafts and reading.
Phyllis is survived by her loving family that includes: her husband of 48 years, Thomas "Chuck" Boucher; children, Ronald (LaVonne) Boucher, of Minot, Jeffrey (Mary) Boucher, of Pequot Lakes, Minn., Karen (Kevin) Cravens, of Waterville, Ohio, Brian Boucher of St. Cloud, Minn., Patti (Rick) Aberle, of Bismarck, Cheryl (Jay) Pfau, of Billings, Mont., Thomas (Meredith) Boucher, of St. Cloud, Minn., and Kimberly Boucher, of Shakopee, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Lindsay Fleming, Nicole Boucher, Brittany Cravens, Ethan Boucher, Aaron Cravens, Megan and Matthew Aberle, Catherine and Josef Pfau, Benjamin, Bethany and Breanna Boucher; two great-grandchildren, Harley and Tatum Fleming; siblings, John (Carol) Pendergast, of Fairhaven, Mass., Jean (George) Quigley, of Natick, Mass., William (Gail) Pendergast, of Cape Coral, Fla., Catherine (Richard) Guliano, of Naples, Fla., Janet (Frank) Kantor, of Newburg Park, Calif., James Pendergast, of Bellingham, Mass., Robert Pendergast, of New Bedford, Mass., Mary (Thomas) Muldoon, of New Bedford; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m., in St. Leo's Catholic Church, Minot.
Graveside Service: Monday, Jan. 7, at 2:30 p.m., in the Des Lacs Community Cemetery, rural Des Lacs.
Vigil Prayer Service: Sunday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, Jan. 6, from noon to 5 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of plants and flowers, memorials are preferred to the Bishop Ryan High School Foundation or to 2nd Story, both of Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).