Sr Marjorie remembered for her dedication and humour

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Sr Marjorie remembered for her dedication and humour

Strength, honesty, humour and her dedication to the community and the Presentation Sisters, are just a few of the many endearing attributes Sr Marjorie Boutchard will be remembered for.

Sr Marjorie, 83, who passed away on the Feast of the Archangels after battling several significant challenges to her health, dedicated 63 years of her religious life to the Presentation Sisters and to the Tasmanian community.

The youngest of Harry and Lily Boutchard’s six children, a young Marjorie was raised in Moonah and entered the Presentation Novitiate in Launceston just before her 17th birthday.

Known by many by her religious name ‘Sr Dominic,’ Sr Marjorie taught at many Presentation schools and colleges around the State from 1952 to 1977, including several positions as principal.

She then enjoyed a ‘sea-change’ moving into the area of spirituality and enjoying 34 years of pastoral ministry in places including Invermay, Newnham, Ravenswood, Campbell Town and King Island.

A talented person, with many interests, Sr Marjorie was also an experienced musician who taught herself to play the organ, guitar, clarinet and recorder and enjoyed playing in the King Island school band and the local orchestra.

She also enjoyed teaching piano to students, to pass her musical skills to the next generation.

Sr Gabrielle Morgan, in her eulogy, spoke fondly of Sr Marjorie’s generous spirit and vibrant personality.

“Marjorie was many things but could never be described as ‘staid’ or overly compliant,” Sr Gabrielle said.

“She was a person full of humour, in fact she had a wicked sense of humour and revelled in a good joke and whatever mischief was afoot.”

In his homily, Emeritus Archbishop Adrian Doyle remembered Sr Marjorie’s strength and positivity.

“Marjorie was always willing to take her part in forwarding the mission of the Presentation Sisters, ready to do the hard things… and trying to remain as independent and positive for as long as she could.”

“In the latter phases of her life, Marjorie had to battle some significant disabilities…but these challenges did not diminish her readiness to be involved, to do what she could and to express her point of view on current issues.

“There was a strength and resolve about her, which remained to the very end.”