Louise Irene Boucher passed away October 21, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Louise was born in Boulder, Colorado to Lee and Eleanor Smith on Oct. 29, 1933. She acquired her tremendous work ethic from her father who worked seven days a week. She inherited a strong love for her family from her mother. Growing up was full of activities, school plays, singing in the choir and even sharing a secret language with her girlfriends.
One day while working at the Palace Theater in Silverton she met a young man named Ray Boucher, wow! Talk about love at first sight! Ray and Louise were married Jan. 25, 1953. That same year they opened Boucher Jewelers, a small jewelry store in Keizer Ore. Ray and Louise ran the jewelry store and raised a family of three sons. Any free time she had was spent painting, gardening, and reading. You could find Louise with her nose in a book, sometimes at the racetrack, or at the casino sitting at a slot machine while Ray played craps.
Louise loved to sing. She sang songs to her boys when they were small. Those same songs were heard by her grandchildren. In the last days of her life, two of her sons, Ron and Jeff sang the same songs to her.
Our mom and grandma was a very happy person, always positive with a big smile and an ever so friendly personality. She and Ray had a special love. You did not see one without the other. They were married tor 66 years. They worked hard, loved each other and loved all of us. They set a shining example of how to live life.
She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Ruth Hamilton and her beloved husband Ray. She is survived by her brother Wayne Smith (Donna), her sons Ron (Carol), Jeff (Daphne) and Steve (Molly). Her seven grandchildren Brent Boucher (Andrea}, Kristy Harrison, Grayson Boucher, Landon Boucher (Aolani), Amber Boucher (Wes), Shelby Boucher, and Brycen Boucher. Four great grandchildren Kendra, Brooklyn, Allison, Leah, and a baby Boucher due next year.
A memorial is planned for April 4, 2020, honoring both Ray and Louise. A big thank you is extended to everyone at The Arbor Memory Care for the endless kindness.