Couturier, Mary

Mary Veronica Couturier, 96, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 19, 2018, at her home, under the care of Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

She was the youngest child born to John and Mary Ellen (Bradley) Waterhouse on Sept. 30, 1922, in Preston, Lancashire, Great Britain.

A war bride, she married Louis Couturier, Sr., on Sept. 25, 1945, in Preston, Lancashire, before moving to the States and settling in Toledo, Ohio. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2004. They were life-long members of the Catholic Church, first at St. Charles Parish in Toledo and then Our Lady of Mercy in Fayette.

Before leaving England, she worked in fabrics and ammunitions during the war. She had an interest in ceramics and enjoyed making a variety of crafts. While in Toledo, Mary worked in a grocery store but her very favorite thing to do was to be a wife, mother and homemaker. One of their favorite things to do together as a family was camp, which later led them to living near Harrison Lake State Park.

Mary is survived by a daughter, Barbara (and Jim) Booth of Hicksville, Ohio; a son, Louie, Jr., of Fayette, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Dawn, Michelle, James, Jr., Joseph, Rachael, Elizabeth, Caroline, Sarah and Louie; 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Mary “Lois” Yost; a grandson, Davey; all her siblings; and a niece, Edna Scott.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, with a funeral service immediately following at 5 p.m. at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette, with Deacon Larry Zachrich officiating. Private burial will take place in Highland Memory Gardens in Waterville, Ohio.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.