Emma Reta Boucher, 94, of Litchfield, passed away Friday, May 1, 2020. She was born on September 7, 1925, on the Brown family farm in Bond County, Illinois, the daughter of Ezra Oscar Brown and Flowery Gertrude Kimbro Brown. She married Joseph H. Boucher on May 10, 1942, in Warrenton, Missouri. They were married 66 years at the time of his death on August 27, 2008.
Reta’s daily life reflected her devotion as a wife to her husband and a mother to her family. She worked tirelessly on many projects- springtime meant planting potatoes, tomatoes, and many other vegetables in her huge garden for canning and preserving. She enjoyed sewing clothing and making quilts for her family and others. As a homemaker on eight acres, she will always be remembered for her attitude to tackle any job she set her mind to, from shingling a house or digging a cistern to chopping down trees with an ax. She raised Pomeranian dogs for more than 60 years- Ezra and Zipper were her fondest companions in her last years at home. She was a member of Taylor Springs Baptist Church. It was her hope for her family to know the Lord as their savior. She taught Sunday School, served as PTA President at G.A. Sihler School, and worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield in the early 1950s. She deeply loved nature and was an active environmentalist.
She is survived by her four children: Frances (John) Currie of Cerro Gordo, Jo Ann (Tom) Currie of Litchfield, Joseph F. Boucher of Hillsboro, and Rebecca (Glen) Cherry of Litchfield, as well as seven grandchildren: Paul Boucher, Amy (Chad) Currie Mullins, Brian Boucher, Julie (Jason) Currie Bronson, Sherman Boucher, Sharla (Shawn) Cherry Yurkovich, and Thomas (Beth) Cherry, and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, sisters Ruth Christin and Ruby Mueller, and six brothers: Milo Brown, Raymond Brown, Russell Brown, Roy Brown, Ralph Brown, and Robert Brown.
Private graveside funeral services will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield with Rev. Gary Stanford of Taylor Springs officiating. There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to PAWS Care, Inc. or Baptist Children's Home & Family Services. Please see them listed below for more information.
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Paws Care of Montgomery County
P.O. Box 25, Hillsboro IL 62049
Baptist Children's Home and Family Services
949 County Rd. 1300 N., Carmi IL 62821