Newton, NH — Marie A. (Jensen) Doucette, 91, died peacefully Sunday, July 6, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her family.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Jens Niels Holger Jensen and Dorthea (Kok) Jensen. She moved to Sioux Falls, S.D., where she was raised on the family farm and educated, graduating from the local high school. During WWII, she was employed in local factories and the local USO, where she met the love of her life, Joseph F. Doucette, a young U.S. Army Air Corpsman. They married soon after, eventually relocating to the Haverhill area, where they raised five children. They enjoyed 68 years of marriage, before his death in 2012.
Primarily a housewife and homemaker, Mrs. Doucette was interested in national, state and local politics, and enjoyed campaigning for local Democratic candidates. She was also an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed reading. She was an accomplished cook and seamstress and also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and tending her flower and vegetable gardens.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother, and had helped to raise some of her grandchildren.
A former member of Saint James Parish of Haverhill, Mrs. Doucette had been a resident of Newton since 1969, and attended Mary, Mother of the Church, Newton.
She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph F. Jr. and Pamela Doucette of West Hills, Calif., and Richard L. and Maureen Doucette of Newton; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra M. and Charles Annan of Salem, N.H., Dorothea A. and Raymond Collette of Haverhill, Mass., and Carole A. and Alan Armstrong of Windham; a sister, Helen Schievelbein of Bozeman, Mont.; a sister-in-law, Theresa Clements of Lawrence, Mass.; 11 grandchildren, Anne LeBlanc, Jonathan Broughton, Erik Annan, Jameson Annan, Bridgette Howell, Richard Doucette Jr., Jared Doucette, Joseph Doucette III, George Armstrong, Carrie Armstrong, and Joshua Armstrong; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandaughters; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Heather Annan; six brothers, Tage Jensen, Fred Jensen, Jens Jensen, Harold Jensen, Harry Jensen, and Kenneth Jensen; and three sisters, Ann Margaret Thompson, Evelyn Krull and Bette Josten.