NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Dr. Doris Thibault, Ph.D., 89, died Sept. 20, 2014 at home. She was the daughter of the late Romeo and Albina (Belisle) Thibault.
Born in New Bedford, she lived in Fall River and Freetown for most of her life, before moving back to New Bedford.
Thibault was a former Sister of St. Joseph, S.S.J., for 32 years and taught in the parish schools of the Fall River Diocese.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Rivier College in Nashua, N.H., a master’s degree from Boston College, and her doctorate at Boston University.
She was an active parishioner of St. John Neumann Parish since its founding, and served on the building committee. She was the director of the Faith Formation program at her parish for many years, and was in charge of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word program. She also volunteered her time at the summer and fall bazaars of the parish. Thibault was a member of the Women’s Guild and treasurer of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
She leaves behind three sisters, Florence A. Millette of New Bedford, Rita A. Bedard of Dartmouth, and Alice G. Bonneau of New Bedford and Florida; 13 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews; her second family, William Mathieu and wife, Linda and their family, and Diane Figuerado and her family.
She was pre-deceased by three brothers, Albert V. Thibault and Father Armand Thibault, S.M.; a sister, Blanche Madec; and Doris’ close friend, Jacqueline Mathieu.