Marion W. Berrett, 91, formerly of Portsmouth


Marion W. Berrett, 91, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. She was born in Boston, Mass., on March 13, 1922, to James and Lina MacFarlane. She was preceded in death by her father, James MacFarlane; mother, Lina MacFarlane; siblings, Elaine Lee and James MacFarlane and spouse, Malcolm Berrett. Marion is survived by daughter, Linda (Charles) Rogers of Albuquerque, NM; son, Donald M. (Sarawyn) Berrett of Portsmouth; grandchildren, Lynnette Rogers, Mark Rogers, Cindy Rogers Elliser and Debra Berrett Legassie; great-grandchildren, Robbie Gutierrez, Dylan Gutierrez, Justice Gutierrez, Laurelynne Gutierrez-Rogers, Josephine Rogers, Benjamin MacFarlane Elliser and Juliet Rogers.

Marion was married for 57 years until her husband's death in 1999. She was a legal secretary and also enjoyed being a correspondent for the La Vida Llena newsletter, as well as a participant in the Southwest Canine Corps of Volunteers. In Rhode Island she volunteered at Forest Farm Nursing Home, doing sing-alongs and Meals on Wheels. She also sang in the Swanhurst Choral Society and the St. Mary's Church choir.

A memorial service was held on Friday, Sept. 27, at La Vida Llena Retirement Community in Albuquerque, NM. Interment will take place in Rhode Island on Saturday, Oct. 5, at St. Mary's Church in Portsmouth, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Marion's name to The Potter League 87 Oliphant Lane Middletown, RI 02842; or Lap Dog Rescue P.O.Box 1316 Tijeras, NM 87059. To view information or leave a condolence please visit



No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment

2016 by East Bay Newspapers

Barrington · Bristol · East Providence · Little Compton · Portsmouth · Prudence Island · Riverside · Rumford · Seekonk · Tiverton · Warren · Westport
Meet our staff
Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.