Donna L. Motta

Donna L. Motta, 82, a Seekonk resident for almost 60 years, died September 14, 2020. Born to Giuseppe and Preziosa (Laurenza) Ricci of Riverside, she was the wife of Seekonk’s Joseph Motta Jr. for 53 years until his 2015 death.

 Donna is survived by her devoted sons, Joseph, Steven and his wife Denise, and Gregory, respectively of Seekonk, Rumford and Cumberland. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, Leah, Aidan, Ryan and Shane, and in-laws Shirley Ricci of South Carolina and Dolores and Virgil Machado of Florida. Donna also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, two cousins, and a large circle of friends including many who have been a part of her life since her childhood. 

 Donna was predeceased by her treasured sisters, Kay George, Anne Panzarella, Rosemary Chakerian, Grace Gage, and brothers Tony, Benjamin, Al and Joe Ricci.

Donna was a 1960 Bryant  College graduate and she was salutatorian for the schools teacher’s college for  that graduating class. She spent most of her 40+ year career teaching business courses at local high schools. She was very active at her church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Seekonk. There, she was a president of the former Women’s Guild, a religious educator, Eucharistic minister, among many other activities. Before her husband passed, they were both honored as members of the charitable St Vincent de Paul Society for their lifetimes of charitable efforts. 

 Donna was an enthusiastic artist and late in life, her work garnered special recognition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when her holiday painting was among art considered for use as the state’s Christmas card. 

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:00 AM in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 984 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk. Burial will be in Seekonk Cemetery.  Calling hours will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 5-7 PM in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence.  The guidelines set forth by the Rhode Island Department of Health will be observed. Face coverings are required and only fifteen people will be allowed in the building at a time

The Motta family thanks the many staffers of Rhode Island Hospital and the Hope Hospice & Palliative Care in Providence for their kindness and their care of Donna.  Memorial Gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Hope Hospice & Palliative Care.


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Phyllis Mulholland from Seekonk wrote on September 18, 2020 at 4:23 pm:
My condolences to the Motta family. RIP, Donna.
Anne (Grima) Mason from Seekonk wrote on September 18, 2020 at 2:57 pm:
So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. She and Joe were a beautiful, loving, caring faith-filled couple and it was my pleasure to have known them both for many years. Rest in peace, Donna. I'm certain Joe will be right there with the Holy Trinity, Mary, Joseph, and all the saints to welcome you into Paradise. May God give your family and friends supernatural courage and strength during this time.
MARK HESSION from Fall River wrote on September 17, 2020 at 10:08 pm:
Joining so many honoring Donna Motta. Though struck with much physical suffering, Donna “offered it up,” caring endlessly for her Joe, their wonderful sons and grandchildren who enriched her life, especially after Joe’s Passover. Her art and cooking expressed her core values rooted in her lively friendship with Jesus, who inspired her care and love of the poor. Grazie dear Donna. St. Joseph and St. Vincent de Paul welcome her now in eternal life.
John and Robin Burgess from East Providence wrote on September 17, 2020 at 6:04 pm:
We are praying for God's comfort for you all, and look forward to meeting Donna in her Heavenly home someday. May the Lord be your strength and blessing.
Paul Gagnier from Coventry, RI wrote on September 17, 2020 at 11:38 am:
Linda, Paul and I are so very sorry for your loss to my very close and dear friend Joe who is like a brother to me and to you Steve and you Greg. Donna was a wonderful and kind person and I am extremely honored to have known her. I will miss her. Our deepest sympathy is with you all.
Nancy cummings from Seekonk wrote on September 16, 2020 at 4:23 pm:
I am so sorry for your loss Steve, Denise and family. Sending my deepest sympathy. Nancy Cummings
Phil and Jonna Axelson from Warren, RI wrote on September 16, 2020 at 3:57 pm:
May the peace of God which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We are so sorry for your loss, Steve, Denise and family. We send our love and heartfelt sympathy. Pastor Phil and Jonna Axelson
Dan & Meredith Arico from Rumford wrote on September 16, 2020 at 9:40 am:
We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to the Motta family. Donna & Joe were a wonderful couple and loved by everyone!! I have known Donna since high school and we were parishioners at Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel for thirty-five years . May God grant them everlasting love and peace.
Paul Buckley from SEEKONK wrote on September 16, 2020 at 7:31 am:
Steve, sorry to hear about your mom. Paul
Joe Motta from Seekonk wrote on September 16, 2020 at 12:10 am:
Thank you always, God, for giving us parents who loved us so very much. Mom, I'll miss you every minute until I see you again. You and that guy who's so happy he's finally got you back in his arms taught us what loves means. Thank you forever. Joe
Kathy Gage from Warwick wrote on September 15, 2020 at 5:20 pm:
Goodbye to you, my beautiful Aunt! You were truly a kind and lovely lady. I will miss our phone calls and visits. My condolences to you, Joe, Steve, and Greg; Uncle Joe and your Mom raised excellent men. My prayers are with you, and all who loved and will miss her. Love, Kathy Gage