Theresa J. "Terry" Audet

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Theresa J. Audet, 80
SCARBOROUGH - Theresa "Terry" Audet, born Therese Jeanne Gonzales, on May 10, 1937, in New Bedford, Mass., passed away peacefully in her sleep at the Maine Veterans' Home in Scarborough on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, after several years of declining health.
Terry left this world comfortably, with a smile on her face, the watchful house cat, Onyx, sleeping in her chair, and her rabbit, Thumper, in her arms.
Terry was deeply affected by the death of her beloved mother, Jeanne Therien Gonzales, at the young age of 31, when Terry was only 10, and was raised in New Bedford by her father, Charles Riberio Gonzales, and stepmother, Edith, with a little help from the nuns at Mount St. Mary's in Providence, R.I. At the age of 16, Terry was married to her first husband, Edmond "Eddie" Joseph Babineau, in New Bedford, by a justice of the peace. A year later, Terry gave birth to her only child, Roy, in Fort Dix, N.J., where Eddie was stationed with the U.S. Army.
Terry moved to Maine with Roy and Eddie in the early 1960s, and lived in Portland, Yarmouth, Falmouth and Cumberland. Terry divorced from Eddie, and in 1977, married Robert "Bob" Foster, a fellow school bus driver, at the Falmouth Congregational Church. Terry lost Bob, in 1998, after 21 years of good times and travel.
On Jan. 3, 2002, Terry married Bill Audet, and lived with and loved Bill, her cats and birds and garden at their house on Crystal Lake in Gray, until Bill's death in 2012.
In 2014, Terry's health began to decline, and after a period of rehabilitation at Seaside Rehabilitation Center in Portland, where she met her special friend, John Russell, she moved to Scarborough Terrace, where she resided until April 2015. Terry then moved to Falmouth by the Sea, where she spent several years enjoying the group activities, therapy dogs, beautiful birds, views and outings.
In December 2017, Terry took up residence at the Maine Veterans Home, where she quickly fit right in, enjoying the lively group of veterans, and the kind and attentive caregivers. Terry maintained her quick wit and love of Native American music, cats, birds and nature until the very end. She particularly enjoyed the personalized concerts of Tom on the harmonica, and the near-constant presence of the two in-house cats, Shine and Onyx, as well as the visits from her art instructor and her beautiful dog, Phoebe.
Terry was predeceased by her three husbands, her parents and her nephew, Douglas Finnerty. She is survived by her son, Roy Babineau, of Mechanic Falls; sister, Lorraine Finnerty, of Acushnet, Mass.; nephew, Patrick Finnerty, of Fairhaven, Mass; nieces, Pamela Finnerty of New Bedford, Susan DeGaetano of Leicester, Mass., and Linda Finnerty of Acushnet; sister-in-law, Gloria Buchanan, of Manchester, N.H.; aunt, Yvonne Therrien, of Hyannis, Mass., several grandnieces and nephews; and stepchildren and stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Terry will be sorely missed by the members of her care team, Rita, Ann, Deb, Dick and Celeste; and her good friend, Lou Moran, and is very grateful for their loving care, as well as that of the dedicated staff members at FBTS and MVH.
Visiting hours are 4-6 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the Wilson Funeral Home in Gray, with burial later in spring at the Maine Veterans' Home in Togus. A celebration of Terry's life is also planned for the spring at the Maine Audubon in Falmouth.


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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Mar. 11, 2018
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