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Elizabeth Sands (Elliot) Bolles, 92, of Portsmouth, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 23, 2020.  Elizabeth, known to all as “Bambi,” was born in … more
Dianne A. (Tripp) Booth, 75,  beloved wife of Robert J. Booth, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, March 19, 2020 of natural causes.  They were sweethearts for 58 years.  She … more
Stephen C. Shaw of Little Compton died on March 7 at the age of 70. Steve was a fiercely proud native Newporter, son of Stephen and Emilie (Rowland) Shaw and brother of Pamela Honiball, all who … more
Jean Whitaker Westwater, 93, died peacefully on Monday, March 2, 2020, surrounded by loving family members.  Daughter of Lorine (Wilson) and Alfred D. Whitaker, Jean grew up in Rumford, Rhode … more
James S. Waite Sr., 75, died Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River. He was the husband of Frances R. (Dowdy) Waite. Born in Fall River, a son of the late Lewis E. Waite … more
Jane L. Thurston, 83, of Little Compton, died March 4, 2020, at St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River. She was the wife of the late John A. Thurston. Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late … more
Hope FitzGerald Taylor, of Little Compton, passed away on February 14, 2020. Born in Providence on February 15, 1942, Hope grew up in Waban, Mass., returning to Rhode Island each summer to stay at … more
Warren Gerald Billings was born February 25, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Warren Billings and Lois Belle Warren. He grew up in Chesterton, Indiana with his younger sisters Lynne and … more
Anne Rogers Hawes of Westport passed away peacefully on February 13, 2020, surrounded by her “family” of caregivers and her children. She finished her watch at 4 a.m., and set sail … more
Annie Tate, 20, of Dorchester, passed away unexpectedly Friday, February 14, 2020, at Mass General Hospital. Annie was born in Boston, daughter of Richard Tate and Jill (Flather) Tate; she resided … more
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