Anita Pauline Bourgeois

December 3, 1937 - June 11, 2021
Anita Pauline Bourgeois

Marie “Anita” Pauline Cantara Bourgeois, 83, died June 11, 2021. Born in 1937 in Lewiston, ME to Albert and Grace “Lagace” Cantara, Anita graduated from St. Dominic’s High School in 1955.

On June 16, 1956, she married Donald Edmund Bourgeois in Bennington, VT. They lived in Bennington, VT, somewhere in NH, then White River, VT, then Rutland, VT, until moving to Leland, NC in 2000. In Rutland, VT, Anita worked as an administrative assistant (“secretary”) at the Rutland Hospital. She and Donald also had small businesses throughout their marriage such as deer processing, and upholstery services. Anita was a talented seamstress, needlepoint and made the best Sunday dinners. Her home was always open to guests including the furry kind. She was affectionally known as “Mrs. B” to many. Her first language was French, and she continued to speak her native language with friends and family.

A very warm and welcoming person, her house was filled with love, laughter and openness.

Anita will be sorely missed by her children Catherine Bourgeois (Leland, NC), Deborah Whittemore (Plano, TX) and Michelle Bourgeois (Leland, NC). She will be especially missed by her five grandchildren Nicholas and Luke Bourgeois (Leland, NC), Rachel, Amanda and John Whittemore (Texas). She will also be missed by countless nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her son Joseph Bourgeois in 2009 and her siblings Roland Vincent Cantara in 2002 and Lorraine Schienk in 1996. She is survived by her husband Donald Bourgeois), sister Constance Bourgeois (Bennington, VT), Yolande Cantara (Lewiston, ME) and Richard Cantara (Trenton, NJ)

A private memorial event will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Catherine Bourgeois to cover her medical and hospital expenses. Please private message her for the contact information.

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  • June 15, 2021
    Bob and Denise Short says:
    Our condolences to my cousins and my Special Uncle Ducky. Aunt Anita was always an inspiration with her compassion toward others. I always looked forward to the family visits to the Bourgeois household in Rutland. Be proud of her accomplishments and charis her memories. You will all cary on her legacy. Love, Bob and Denise Short

  • June 16, 2021
    Paul E Daly says:
    Anita will be dearly missed by all our family. She was such a sweet person and we all had so much fun together. So sorry she passed. God came for the right person, Miss and Love all of you