Theresa V. McGlathery, 94, of Sarasota, Florida passed away April 22, 2013 at Bay Village in Sarasota, Fla. Theresa was born in Coaticook, Quebec on June 14, 1918. She was the daughter of the late J. Emile and Ernestine (Lefebvre) Vaillancourt.
She graduated from the convent of the Sisters of the Presentation with a diploma in teaching. She moved to Berlin in 1940 upon her marriage to J. Raymond Lawrence.
Theresa was a former member of St. Joseph Church now known as Good Shepherd Parish.
In 1964 she moved to Washington, DC and was employed by Saks Fifth Avenue.
In 1967 she married James R. McGlathery. In 1967 they moved from Arlington, VA to Sarasota.
Theresa was an accomplished artist, calligrapher, seamstress, and knitter. She was proud of the fact that she had never purchased an article of clothing throughout her life. She began knitting at the age of 4 and began sewing not long after that. All her clothes were handmade and very stylish. She and her husband Jim loved to go ballroom dancing several times a week.
She was known as Grand’maman by her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Family members include her daughter Shirley (Lawrence) Croteau and husband Paul of Berlin, her son Robert D. Lawrence of San Antonio, TX, and her stepson James R. McGlathery, Jr. of Bowie, MD. She also leaves four grandchildren, Alan Croteau and wife Lisa of Claremont, Craig Croteau and wife Selena of Dover, Jason Lawrence and wife Natalie and Lindsey Lawrence of San Antonio, TX. Four great-grandchildren, Mykayla, Daniel, Julia, and Nathan Croteau along with several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband Jim, her sister Cecile Allard, and her brothers Leon, Gaston, Jean Lewis, and Marcel Vaillancourt.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m. at St. Anne Church of Good Shepherd Parish. Interment will follow at St. Kieran Cemetery in Berlin. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to TideWell Hospice, Philanthropy Department, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fleury-Patry Funeral Home, 72 High Street, Berlin, NH.