Priscilla E. Theriault, 67, of Mashpee died August 16 at Falmouth Hospital after a six-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Ms. Theriault graduated from St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing in Worcester. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
For 43 years, she worked as a critical care nurse in the Intensive Care Unit/Special Procedures at Falmouth Hospital. She continued to work at the hospital while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Outside of work, Ms. Theriault was a volunteer at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable. Over the years, she shared her home with many rescued cats and dogs.
“I work in an ICU and that can be pretty stressful,” Ms. Theriault told the Enterprise in an interview in May 2002. “At the center, I can kind of diffuse that stress by feeding baby animals, working outdoors, raking, or cleaning the cages outside. Working with animals had been something I’d always wanted to do my whole life and they haven’t been able to get rid of me yet.”
In 2004, Ms. Theriault was elected to the Briarwood Neighborhood Association’s board of directors. She also served as clerk for the Mashpee Environmental Coalition.
Ms. Theriault also practiced tai chi, and had placed first in local tai chi tournaments. In October 2000, she was one of five Cape Cod residents to attend the National Guang Ping Yang Style Tai Chi Convention in McAffee, New Jersey.
She traveled in the last years of her life despite her illness, visiting the Grand Canyon and many national parks out west as well as Manitoba, Canada.
Ms. Theriault leaves two brothers, Marc Theriault and George Theriault, both of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; a sister, Gloria St. Onge of Ft. Myers, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Ms. Theriault’s life will be held on Tuesday, August 26, from 5 to 8:30 PM at the Flying Bridge Restaurant, 220 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth.
Donations may be made to Friends of Falmouth Dogs, PO Box 438, Falmouth, MA 02541; or to People for Cats, PO Box 422, West Falmouth, MA 02574.