Terry (Richardson) Trudeau

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Terry Elizabeth (Richardson) Trudeau, 59
SOUTH PORTLAND - Terry Elizabeth (Richardson) Trudeau, born on Oct. 30, 1957, and raised in Westbrook, died the morning of June 14, 2017, at her home in South Portland.
Terry was an extremely dedicated, caring, and loving mother to Lacey Richardson, and James Richardson. She was also quite fond of her stepson Adrian Trudeau. She was an extremely dedicated, caring, and loving grandmother to Dawson Richardson. Terry was a devoted wife and life partner to Lawrence Trudeau whom she always loved so very much, just as he loved her. Though fully dedicated to both her children and all her grandchildren, Terry had a super close, special, and deep connection with her daughter Lacey and her grandson Dawson. In general, Terry was a natural born caregiver. She was someone who was always dedicated to her family and relatives whether it was her children, grandchildren, husband, siblings, mother, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews along with her close friends. If anyone came to Terry with a need or a problem or if she noticed someone was in some sort trouble or had a need, she made it a priority to do whatever she could to help that person. She was a very good hearted, thoughtful, and extremely empathetic person!
For much of Terry's adult life, there were many ways that she made an impact out in the world. She worked as a restaurant server and a bar tender for many years on and off during her life, and later had her own independent cleaning business for a while. She also tried out other various vocational paths along the way too. Some of Terry's places of work were Merry Manor, Ground Round, Ricetta's, The Village, Amvets Post, The Royal Anchor, and Dunstan School Restaurant to name a few. Terry took pride in whatever kind of work she was doing. Her motto was, "if you can't do something right, don't do it at all!". She was extremely thorough, focused, and fast!
Terry had many interests and passions throughout her life. She was very spiritual! Although she was not really into being so much a religious type, she had a super strong Protestant Christian based faith. Terry was very passionate and outspoken about her perspectives and causes whether it was old fashioned, blue collar democratic views, women's rights, equal rights in general, helping the homeless, veterans, animals, poor or endangered children in this country or children refugees in war torn or poverty-stricken countries, and many other causes that tugged at her heartstrings. Terry was a very brazen, brave, and strong person inside and out who would stand up for her family, friends, and any injustices she saw around her. Terry always attributed so many of her values, learned skills, world views, and faith to that of her grandmother Victoria Barber, whom she idolized in so many ways.
Terry dabbled in many other skills, hobbies, and talents such as cutting hair, learning to drive an 18-wheel tractor trailer, driving a motorcycle for a short while (emulating her older brother John), home decorating, etc. Throughout her life, Terry enjoyed and had a lot of passion for many types of music, movies, novels, and entertainment in general. She liked to keep up on and discuss many current events, news, and media. Terry randomly wrote poetry sometimes. She also knew how to cook delicious super savory meals and bake amazing cookies and cakes (much like her older brother John, and her older sister Victoria and grandmother Victoria).
Terry also had a very lively, energetic, and outgoing personality up until her health started to decline. Terry always took so much pride in her appearance, hair, makeup, clothing, and her beautiful appearance in general. She also had quite the wicked and hilarious sense of humor at times (just like her older sister Victoria and brother John). Terry was sometimes misunderstood and had her quirky moments, like any other human being, yet she knew it and did the best she could despite it! Again, she was an extremely good hearted, thoughtful, and caring person at her deepest core. She was tough (a lot like her mother Lorraine was), unique, genuine, authentic, and extremely passionate! She was quite a force and there will never be another person like her! Terry will be so greatly and sorely missed by those who always loved her. Long live Terry's spirit through all the lives she touched AND her precious soul in the sweet hereafter!
Throughout Terry's life she was extremely involved with and had very close connections to so many members of her family, her relatives, close friends of the family, and her own close friends that were like family to her.
Terry is predeceased by her mother Lorraine Richardson and father John Richardson Sr.; sisters Anna Richardson and Victoria (Richardson/Stuart) Martin; brother John Richardson; aunt Ruth (Stoddard/Bowie) Gagnon; uncle's Richard Stoddard, Butch Stoddard, Larry Bowie Senior; grandmother Victoria Barber and grandfather Kenneth Barber; niece Hope Stuart and Hope's four beautiful children; cousins Margorie Bowie, Jimmy Bowie, Larry Bowie Jr.; mother-in-law Judy Trudeau; grandmother-in-law Trudy Trudeau; close family friends Cathy Russo and Sally (Williams) Mcclosky along with other significant predeceased relatives, in-laws, and friends/friends of the family that she had been very close to at one time or another.
She is survived by her husband Lawrence Trudeau; daughter Lacey Richardson; grandson Dawson Richardson, granddaughter Delylah Murphy, and her newest grandson Joshua Murphy; stepson Adrian Trudeau; son James Richardson; nieces and nephews: Naomi Hill, Anna Stuart, Ryan Stuart, Amanda Alvarez, Brooke Richardson, John Richardson Jr., and David Mcclosky; cousins Steven and Maria Bowie; father-in-law Ronald Trudeau; brothers-in-law Rory and Brett Trudeau; sister-in-law Helen (Richardson) Kravitz; aunt and uncle-in-law Jeanne and Steve Shaw and their family; lifelong friends/friends of the family Helen (Hendrickson) Gagnon and Helen's whole family, Terri (Bruno) Petersen, and Sheila Barrett along with other important relatives, in-laws, and friends/friends of the family that she had been close to and had significant connections with at various times during her life.
We apologize to anyone who may not have been mentioned. Terry's rich history and memories of every near and dear person to her heart over all her decades was countless and was just a tiny little part of everything we lost when Terry left this world.
We would like to thank the staff at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital for taking care of Terry during her last six months.
Family, relatives, and friends are welcome to join the family for visitation 10 a.m.-12 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 12 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Interment will be in Brooklawn Memorial Park, Portland, following the service.
To offer condolences or for directions, please visit: www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Terry's name may be made to:
National Emphysema Foundation
http://www.emphysemafoundation.org/index.php/the-lung/copd-emphysema
National Emphysema Foundation
128 East Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06851
Tel. 203-866-5000


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HOBBS FUNERAL HOME
230 COTTAGE RD
South Portland, ME 04106-3802
(207) 799-4472
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 18, 2017
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