Dominique Alice Bouvier, 55, of University Grove in Falcon Heights, died on 23 March 2017. Dominique was born in Belgium and immigrated with her family to the United States as a teenager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and French from the University of Illinois. She moved with her husband, Steven McCarthy, and their young children to the Twin Cities in 1998. She became an American citizen in 1999 and worked for Allianz until 2015.
Dominique lived with lymphoma with grit and grace for many years. These are her words: “Before and after lymphoma, my life is full and I am grateful – for so much: the loves of my life, my husband Steven McCarthy and our children Alice and John McCarthy; my beloved parents John and Andrée Bouvier; my brother Pierre; my siblings in-law: Paul, Mark, Clare and Jean and their families; my soul sister, Kay McCarthy; my mother-in-law Carolyn McCarthy and the memory of my father-in-law Don McCarthy; my lifelong friends and honorary siblings: Kevin and Shelly J., Debbi F. and Jeff B., Peggy and Bob S.; my Minnesota friends and local lifelines Kristal L., Ann J., James BB and Kelly M.; my faithful childhood friend Véronique G.; and many others who knew and cared about me – you know who you are.
“I am grateful for my expert and caring medical team at the Masonic Cancer Center, the University of Minnesota Medical Center, and Fairview Home Hospice Care. I am grateful for the good books, the great trips, the lovely walks, the delicious glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and pots of homemade soup, the good work and colleagues, the beautiful views from my living room window, and the birds congregating at my bird feeder. And I am grateful to be an immigrant and part of the diverse American fabric. I leave you with this: resist, persist and fight to keep America great and open and generous.”