Mary Rose Bullwinkle (Brousseau) from Los Lunas, N.M., by way of Waltham, Mass., passed away on Feb. 5, 2023. She was 61 years old.
Mary was the cherished wife of Brian M. Bullwinkle and the beloved mother of Brian K. Bullwinkle, Jimmy Bullwinkle, and Sarah Bullwinkle. Mary is predeceased by her father-in-law Richard J. Bullwinkle of West Newton, Mass., and survived by her mother-in-law Biagina “Betty” (Coletti).
Born in Lowell, Mass., on Dec. 8, 1961, Mary was the daughter of the late George P. Brousseau of Pelham, N.H. She is survived by her mother Carol A. Brousseau (Kelleher), her older brother George J. Brousseau of Pelham, N.H., and her younger brother Daniel Brousseau, his wife Belinda, and their son Griffin of Londonderry, N.H.
Mary is also survived by her in-laws Janice and John LaVoie and their children John, Katie, and Jamie of Franklin, Mass.; Diane Bullwinkle of Waltham, Mass.; and Richard N. Bullwinkle of Waltham, Mass. Mary is survived by many cousins, including her treasured cousins Susan and her husband Don Ducharme of Derry, N.H., and Jamie Kelleher of Lowell, Mass.
Mary wore a variety of hats throughout her life, many of which were bedazzled and covered in feathers. After graduating from the University of Lowell in 1984, Mary worked as a travel agent and had countless opportunities to see the world. Some of Mary’s favorite places included the Irish countryside, small-town America, and the North End.
After raising their children, Mary and Brian traded their winter gear for cowboy boots and moved to Albuquerque, N.M. Mary was in awe of the beauty of the Sandia Mountains and would every day proclaim, “Look at that mountain.” The intelligent and driven person that she was, Mary went back to college and earned her teaching license. Mary taught in Albuquerque at St. Therese Catholic School and in Los Lunas at Los Lunas Elementary School. Her favorite grades to teach were kindergarten and first grade because she appreciated the honesty and innocence of children’s spirits.
Mary was bright and bubbly and happy. Her hobbies included going for long drives with her husband of 36 years in their electric blue convertible, having luxurious tea times with friends, and spending lazy sunny days at York Beach, Maine. She loved baking and cake decorating, crafting and sewing, gardening, and reading. Mary was a lifelong Girl Scout and loved nature, camping, and Thin Mints. She was an avid practitioner of all things hygge (the culture of coziness) and spent many wintry nights snuggled up, warming her toes by the fireside. Mary would like to be remembered sitting under twinkling fairy lights, fuzzy socks on her feet, and a mug of cocoa with extra whipped cream in her hands.
The family would like to thank Father James DiPerri and the parishioners of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Parish in Waltham, Mass. Mary felt so loved and accepted by the community there. The family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for their dedication to Mary’s care. A celebration of life ceremony will take place in the spring, please stand by for more details.