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Theresa M. Poirier, 79

Marlborough - Theresa M. (Donahue) Poirier, 79, died at her home Saturday, July 21, 2007 after a short battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her husband, F. Thomas Poirier, who died March 24, 1997.

She leaves her son, John Poirier and his wife, Ellene; her daughters, Amy Poirier, Margaret Pelletier and her husband, Marc, and Mary Beth Poirier; her sister, Patricia Navin; her granddaughter, Abigail Poirier; and nephews and nieces.

Born and raised in Marlborough, the daughter of John and Margaret (Lenihan) Donahue, she was a graduate of St. Anne's Academy. She was the first student ever enrolled in Anna Maria College, where she was vice president of her class and prefect of the Sodality of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

After receiving her bachelor's degree, Mrs. Poirier lovingly began her career teaching children at Bigelow Elementary School, first grade at Immaculate Conception School and third grade at Richer Elemen- tary School. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Ace of Clubs, Massachusetts Teachers Association and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

She enjoyed vacationing at the Ashworth Hotel on Hampton Beach and was an avid reader and writer who enjoyed following local, state and federal politics. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and dear friend who was blessed with an incredibly strong will and is remembered for her quick wit, one-liners and ditties.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated July 26 from the Immaculate Conception Church in Marlborough, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery. The Fitzgerald & Collins Funeral Home of Marlborough directed arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to UMass Memorial Hospice, c/o UMass Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 2795, Worcester, MA 01613-9938.

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