Mary E. Soares, 92, Portsmouth


Mary E. (Beirola) Soares, 92, of Portsmouth, died on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at home.

Born in Fall River on November 30, 1920, to the late Antone and Maria (Miguel) Beirola, she was the wife of the late Manuel J. Soares.

Mary worked for many years for the State of Rhode Island Hot Lunch Program. She also worked tirelessly with her family on the Soares Produce Farm in Portsmouth. She loved bingo, but loved spending time with her family even more. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Manuel J Soares Jr. of Portsmouth; her three daughters, Marylou Sylvia of Tiverton, Elaine Aguiar-Poirier of Somerset, and Joyce Rolfe of Portsmouth; her grandchildren, Shawn Rolfe, Erica Soares, Michelle Farina, Stephanie Morris, Ashley Aguiar, and Jennifer Merchant; and her great grandchildren, Vince Farina, Victoria Bouchard, Juliana Merchant, Kayson Soares, Alyssa Arruda and Dennis Arruda.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Joseph Beirola, Henry Beirola, Antone Beirola, Manuel Beirola, Sarah DeCouto, Charlotte Mello, Isabel Costa, and Dorothy Farias-Ferreira.

Visiting hours were Sunday, May 19,  from 5-8 p.m. in the Connors Funeral Home, Portsmouth.

Her funeral was Monday, May 20, at 9 a.m. from the Connors Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Anthony’s Church, Portsmouth.  Burial wae in Portsmouth Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Portsmouth Volunteer Rescue Wagon Fund, P.O. Box 806, Portsmouth, RI 02871-9913.

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