Sally Davis Trowbridge, 87, Westport

Posted 10/9/19

Sally Davis Trowbridge, 87, formerly of Providence, Westport, and Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Sally was born on June 15, 1932, in Providence. She was …

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Sally Davis Trowbridge, 87, Westport


Sally Davis Trowbridge, 87, formerly of Providence, Westport, and Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Sally was born on June 15, 1932, in Providence. She was the wife of the late Robinson Cooke Trowbridge, the daughter of the late William Powell Davis and the late Edna Duncan Davis and the sister of the late Neal Powell Davis.

She is survived by her three daughters, Alicia Trowbridge Patterson of Dover, Mass., Susan Trowbridge Young of Rowayton, Conn., and Carrie Robinson Trowbridge Law of Westport; her three sons-in-law: David Lyman Patterson, William Birch Young and Duncan Keith Law Jr.; and her six grandchildren, Katherine Lee Patterson, Scott Herbert Patterson, Alexandra Elizabeth Young, William Trowbridge Young, Duncan Keith Law III and Robinson Cooke Trowbridge Law.

Sally graduated from The Lincoln School in Providence and Bradford Junior College and attended Tufts University. She worked as a pre-school teacher in Boston before marrying the love of her life, Robinson, in 1953. They would have been married for 66 years!

Besides being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, Sally was an excellent needle crafter. She knit sweaters for everyone and taught needlepoint at the Handicraft Club in Providence for many years. She designed and hooked many intricate oriental rugs including a stair runner covering 13 stairs in her house, as well as many large three-dimensional wall hangings.

She was an amazing miniaturist, building, decorating and electrifying dollhouses of all sizes, and dabbled in decoupage and making Fabergé eggs. Every year at Christmas, she would design and put together absolutely gorgeous, intricate Christmas scenes for the centerpiece of the Christmas table, with much humor added.

She was a remarkable athlete playing badminton, golf and competitive team tennis. She was an active volunteer at the Lying In Hospital, now known as the Women and Infant’s Hospital, in Providence, and helped run the hospital’s gift shop. She was a talented gardener and an active member of the Buzzards Bay Garden Club until 1982, when they moved to Vero Beach for the winters. Sally was also a member of the Colonial Dames of Providence.

Despite all these talents, family always came first to Sally.

She was a past member of the Agawam Hunt Club and a member of the Acoaxet Club, the Elephant Rock Beach Club and the Spindle Rock Yacht Club in Westport Harbor, as well as a member of the Moorings Club in Vero Beach, Florida.

Burial will be private. A celebration of Sally’s life will be held in Westport in the Spring, 2020. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sally’s honor to the Westport River Watershed Alliance, PO Box 3427, Westport, MA 02790

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