Elizabeth Bourassa

January 27th, 2018

Elizabeth Bourassa(Smith), fondly known as “Betty” or “Bett” to her family and friends, age 79, of Wilmington, died peacefully on January 27, 2018, at Care One in Wilmington.
Betty was born on September 23, 1938, in Wakefield, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Esau and Lily May Smith.  Betty was raised and educated in North Reading and was a member of the Church of the Good Shepard in Reading.
Betty married her “sweetheart” Donat Bourassa in 1955; the couple settled in Wilmington where they raised four wonderful children and had many great times throughout the years. Betty was very devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with them.  She was very active in her younger years with her children’s school and sporting activities and later in life she attended all of her grandchildren’s activities as well.  Betty and Donat enjoyed camping with their family and friends for many years; everyone always had a great time together. 
Prior to retiring, Betty worked as a collections manager for the Internal Revenue Service for over 29 years.  Betty had a great work ethic and excellent customer service skills which made her quite an asset to the IRS. Betty also got along great with her co-workers and made many life-long friends who she enjoyed socializing with.
In her spare time, Betty loved to play golf, go to Bingo with her friends, and have her brothers and sister over for a cup of tea and cookies.  Betty was kind and caring; she loved her family and friends with all her heart and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Betty was the beloved wife of Donat J. Bourassa, Jr., devoted mother of Stephen Bourassa and Cheryl Mills & her husband Steven all of Wilmington, Alan Bourassa & his wife Alease of Las Vegas, NV and Marianne Richard of Tewksbury.  Loving “Nana” of Kerrianne& Michael Bourassa, Kaylan, Brittany & Alan Joseph “AJ” Bourassa, Rachel & Jennifer Mills, Matthew & Mitchell Richard and Great-Grandson Jacob.  Cherished daughter of the late Esau and Lily May Smith, dear sister of Ruby Seville and Edward Smith both of Wilmington, the late George and Nathan Smith.  Betty is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, January 30th from 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Graveside services will be held at the Wildwood Cemetery, 233 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington on Wednesday, January 31st at 10:00 a.m. 


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Elizabeth Bourassa”

  1. Susan Hewitt says:

    To the Bourassa Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. I knew her from work and she was a kind woman. I will keep her and her family in my thoughts and prayers. May happy memories of a life well lived bring you peace in the difficult times ahead. R.I.P Betty.

  2. Norma Rees Jones says:

    To the Bourassa and extended Smith families. I was saddened to hear of Betty’s passing. I have fond memories of your family visiting us in Newfoundland and I coming there. Betty, there was always a coffee and salmon here when you came! That’s one thing I remember you always asked for. Deepest condolences from myself, mom and dad (Ruby and Wilfred Rees)

  3. Karen Bourassa says:

    To the Bourassa Family,
    Auntie Betty, was my aunt growing up when I was young remember going over to her home.
    Treasure the memories when she was living here on earth.
    1 Thessalonians 4:18
    Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
    God Bless everyone!
    Karen Bourassa

  4. Nancy Carace says:

    Dear family of Aunt Betty:
    I am heartfully sorry for the loss of this wonderful wife,mother,sister,grandmother,aunt and friend.
    She was my Aunt and I will miss her, you are all in my thoughts and prayers

  5. Jesse Phaneuf says:

    Though I never met you, I am extremely grateful for you. You see your son took me in when I was 17 years old. At that time my mom had abandoned me and I had no where to go. Without hesitation, he offered me a place to live. Needless to say, coming from a broken home I had many issues mentally, emotionally, and physically. Your son helped me with it all.
    Your son taught me many things while I was living with his family but, the most important thing he taught me was trust. At this point in my life I had never met anyone like Alan Bourassa. I didn’t know what a husband/father/man looked like. Without even knowing it your son became an inspiration. Your son paved the way and literally saved me. Without him I don’t know where I’d be. With that being said, it takes a special type of person to except and raise a complete stranger. You raised a strong, selfless, intelligent, charming man. Because of this, I strive to be the type of person he is. So thank you for raising such an amazing human being. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Dad, I love you and I hope your doing well.

  6. Amy (Brown) Whalen says:

    Saddened by your loss,
    Loving thoughts and prayers go out to all of you Don, Steven, Alan, Cheryl, Marianne. And all of the Bourassa family.

  7. Christopher Dell'Isola says:

    For more than fifty years, the Bourassa family have been a pillar and a cornerstone in the
    neighborhood that I was blessed to have grown up in.
    Betty’s passing takes a bit from all of us. My prayers, my love and my heart are with you all.

  8. Kathy Johnson says:

    I’m so sorryfor your loss

  9. Sue Martino says:

    I was sadden to hear that Betty had passed. I worked with her and found her to be sunshine in a place that needed her. She made me remember that there are good, caring people in this world. I am grateful for the sunshine that made my life and the lives of all who knew her, brighter. Thank you Betty.

  10. David says:

    I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the “God of all comfort” be with you during this very difficult time. -2 Cor. 1:3,4

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