Cecile M. Theroux

Date of Passing:

September 18, 2023

Theroux, Cecile Marie (Geoffrey), 63, of Whitinsville, MA, formerly of Riverside, RI, died peacefully on September 18, after a long battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Arthur Theroux.

Cecile grew up in Barrington and lived in Riverside for many years before moving to Whitinsville. She enjoyed all the adventures Art could think up. Either just together, or with family members or friends, Ceil experienced many cruises, musical entertainment, sporting events and much more. In quieter times, she used her talents at jewelry making, knitting, crocheting and crafts to create gifts for members of her large family and her multitude of friends.

Cecile worked at Rhode Island School of Design for 34 years. She was an administrative assistant in Student Affairs and Student Financial Services. Between 2000 and 2009, she led the Commencement Planning Committee. She was a mentor and staunch supporter of the students that entered her life. Some of her past work-study students are still friends after 20 years.

During her long working career, Ceil also explored part-time jobs that gave her the opportunity to expand her other interests. She was a successful Tupperware and Pampered Chef salesperson. She worked at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket during PawSox games, meeting new people and cheering for the games. Cecile found satisfaction in helping people put together the perfect outfit to lift their spirits or attend a special event during her time at Coldwater Creek.

In addition to her loving husband of 27 years, she leaves behind three dogs from her long line of beloved pets, Moki, Kaya, and Aurora. The daughter of the late Edward R. and Georgette (Wylie) Geoffrey, Cecile is grieved by many, including three brothers and four sisters: George Geoffrey of Natick, CT and his wife Stacey, Veronica Thomas of Riverside, Paul Geoffrey of Seekonk, MA and his wife Susan, Rilla Bieberbach of Riverside and her husband Fred, Patricia D’Aiello of Rehoboth, MA, Ted Geoffrey of Riverside and his wife Alice, and Denise Geoffrey of Riverside. She was also the sister of the late Daniel Geoffrey. Her large family also includes many dearly loved nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Ceil also leaves behind beloved sisters-in-law Susan Theroux, Karen Theroux DiTomasso and Mary Geoffrey, many sisters of her heart, including Monique Hauser, and scores of friends that will miss her lively spirit, zest for life and that beautiful infectious laugh.

Calling Hours will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2023 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 5-7 p.m.

A Celebration of her Life will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2023 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside, at 11 a.m.

Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Cecile’s memory to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, 1085 North Main Street, Providence RI 02904 or Lifespan Cancer Institute, Development Office, PO Box H, Providence RI 02901, would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Wonderful memories of Cecile.
    Your neighbors, The Whites
    God bless..

  2. Art — Nancy and I give our deepest condolences. We remember your wedding and the many good times we had with you and Cecile and friends, at Pawsox games, Wright’s Chicken Farm, and elsewhere. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Art. So sorry for your loss, God bless you both, Prayers for you both,
    Our condolences to you and your family

    Louie W1CH and Nazare

  4. Art and Family, So sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  5. Saddened to learn of Cecille’s death, I remembered the days when I strode into Student Affairs in some morning funk. Her smile and warmth would cure all that! She would reward every quip with her hardy laugh, which made her a joy to be around or even in the next room. My condolences to the family.

  6. Art, Deepest sympathies. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Art,So sorry to learn about Cecile’s passing. I remember attending a party at your home and feeling comfortable with your wife’s hospitality.

  8. Cecile was such a positive member of the RISD community with her infectious laugh and positive outlook. She had such a generous heart and was always the initiator when it came to bringing people together to help others. She has been so missed on campus.

    My condolences to all who love her.

  9. Dear Art and Geoffrey peeps,

    Cecile’s big heart, sense of fun, flair for every detail of life, and torrent of positive energy made our world a better and more beautiful place. We are grateful for the privilege to have known her. The tender care and support you gave her and her dreams of knowing her world one ocean at a time her inspires us. May you find peace in one another and the knowledge that she knew how deeply she was cherished by her loved ones.

    Ned and Peggy


  11. Art
    Sorry to hear of your loss. I recall you sharing some of those mentioned adventures, hang on to those good memories.

  12. Dear Arthur and family,
    We are so saddened to hear of Cecile passing. She was a joy to be around in the short time that we had with her our deepest condolences to you and her family may all the memories you have help you get through this difficult time.
    Love Jo Ann and Rick Martinez

  13. Dear Arthur, I am very saddened by the loss of Cecile. I hope she enjoyed the cruise both of you took earlier this. She is now in peace in heaven.

  14. To the family, loved ones, and friends of Cecile I send my heartfelt love and care at this tender time. I was so fortunate to work with Ceil. She and I would often get a side glance from passers-by due to her infectious deep laugh and my loud cackle. We cracked each other up regularly. I loved that I often felt a bit mischievous when I was with her. In a place known for critique and often taking itself very seriously, we shared an understanding of the power of good humor and the elation of laughter. She was a bright spot in my journey and I am grateful to have known her.

  15. My sadness at hearing of Cecile’s passing is softened by all the memories I have with her. She was like a mom to me while I was in school at RISD and worked with her at student affairs. She was a true light with such a passion for life and making people smile. Her laugh was something I’d hear before I would even enter the office doors and was so disarming and brought so much joy to the days spent with her. Working alongside her was so much fun. She gave so much of herself to others. She will be missed. Sending all my love.

  16. Art, we are so incredibly sorry to hear this. Our sincerest condolences.

  17. I so loved Cecile while I was a student at RISD and later worked there. She always was kind, smiling and so caring. I will miss her spirit and vigor for life. Sending love and strength to her husband, friends and family.

  18. I am very saddened to learn of Cecile’s passing. I met her at RISD many years ago, and I will always think fondly of her. She was bubbly and fun with an infectious laugh. It was always a treat to walk into her work environment and be greeted with that 10,000 watt smile. To her family and friends, as you mourn her passing, please remember the joy she brought to so many, so frequently, with her warm smile. My most sincere condolences to you all.

  19. Never was there ever a more robust, from the toes, unbridled LAUGH

  20. Art,
    We were saddened to learn of Cecile’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  21. Words can not express how sorry I am to Art and to all your families. I know how hard Ceil fought to get better. I will always cherish our friendship and how much fun she was to be with along with all of our memories of cruising together. She was a one in a million. I’m happy she is now pain free and at peace but will miss her terribly. I wish Art and her family peace & love and know she will be with us always 💕

  22. To Art & the Geoffrey’s and all family & friends of Cecile, I am deeply sorry for the loss of such a wonderful & beautiful person. I worked with Cecile at RISD, and I can still hear her laughter resonating through the walls of many offices, even those on a different floor. She always made us laugh. She will be so missed but the memory of her will always live on through family and friends.

  23. Art,

    We are so saddened by the loss of Ceil. We always had a great time with her! She was such a lovely person and made the world a happier place. Our thoughts and prayers remain with you in this difficult time.

  24. Art, we are so sorry for you losing someone who was so special and so loved. Ceil was a wonderful neighbor- always so sweet, kind and helpful. I always enjoyed chatting with her in the yard while we watched our dogs play together- I’m thankful she was able to meet the puppy recently, and it made me happy to learn that it made her happy. We will always remember her for what a cheerful, easygoing woman she was. I believe she will always be with you. Sending prayers to you and her family and friends

  25. Art and Ceil’s family, I feel your pain in the loss of this beautiful woman. She was a cherished friend who was always thinking of others. I will miss her immensely. My love and prayers to all of you.

  26. Cecile was a wonderful friend of mine for many years. She was the kind of friend you could laugh with during good times and cry with during difficult times. I feel very blessed to have known her and to have been her friend. My thoughts and prayers to Art and to all Ceils family and friends

  27. Dear Geoffreys, and Arthur, I share your grief over Cecile’s passing. What a wonderful person she was! Always with a smile, and she did indeed have an infectious laugh. And she was always interested in everything, She was such a sweetie. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  28. Art – So sorry to hear of Ceils passing. The world has lost a good person who will be missed all her family and friends. She is at peace now.

    Love Wayne and Sharon

  29. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

    Love, Lucy and Manny

  30. Dear Art, Pat and entire family ,
    I am heartbroken for the loss of Cecile. She was always so much fun and will be extremely missed by all that knew her. May your beautiful memories help to console you at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

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