Eileen M. Wilson

Eileen M. Wilson, 83, formerly of East Providence passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at Grace Barker Health. 

Born in Pawtucket, RI, She was a daughter of the late John J. Wilson, Jr. and Lillian M. (Gallagher) Wilson.

Eileen graduated from St. Mary Academy, Bay View, following in her mother’s footsteps years earlier.  Following graduation, Eileen entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy and taught for many years in several parish schools for the Diocese of Providence.  Eileen completed her teaching career after 20 years at Bishop Feehan High School.

Eileen had a passion for genealogy, tracing the family history thru four countries and in doing so met and made many friends.

Eileen is survived by her brother John J. Wilson, III.  She also has seven nieces and nephews, 12 grand nieces and nephews, one great grand niece.

Due to the current pandemic and covid restrictions her funeral will be private.  The family will celebrate her life with a Mass of Christian Burial at a later date once it is safe to do so. 


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Michele and Tom Hurley from East Providence wrote on February 4, 2021 at 8:12 pm:
Tom and I are so sorry to hear of Eileen’s passing. We had not seen her in the past couple of years. My daughter, Caroline and I used to visit Eileen, Claire and Corky during the 90’s and 2000’s. Eileen was a good friend and very good to Caroline when she was little. She and Claire got Caroline off the school bus many times for me. In later years, I enjoyed stopping by and chatting with Eileen. She was very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. Eileen often talked about her childhood and teenage years. Our deepest sympathy to her brother, John and his family. Eileen us now with Claire and Corky.
Judy Wills from East Greenwich, RI wrote on January 9, 2021 at 12:03 pm:
My sincerest condolences to the Wilson Family. Eileen was very Special. She was my boss. Head of the Adult Services Unit at OIC of RI. I will always remember how proud she was of her Irish heritage. Always making her traditional Irish Soda Bread and bringing it in to share, along with her wonderful entertaining stories. Eileen told me once that I had an insatiable curiosity for learning. I had never heard my learning & work style framed that way. Nevertheless, Eileen always believed in me, and kept me inspired through doing meaningful & worthwhile work. Often seeking out my best thinking on incoming Requests for Grant Proposal that were in my areas of special interest, i.e., helping to improve the overall quality of life especially for low-income women & families. Low & behold, Eileen shows me one from the Rockefeller Foundation & asks me if I would respond. Excited, said yes. The rest is history. OIC was 1 of 6 nationally selected projects awarded $2.5M for 5-yr. period. Meriting White House Ceremony conducted by US Secy. of Labor & Rep. from Women’s Bureau honoring both, OIC of RI, plus Adult Svcs. Unit, & myself for its contributions advancing women’s education, workforce development and childcare. Lost touch when she moved to FLA. Must know that both, the Sisters of Mercy & Eileen remain truly unforgettable to me. Her legacy lives on through all those she touched & loved, RIP, a job well done.
The Wilson Family wrote on January 8, 2021 at 1:31 pm:
Dear Eileen. On behalf of the entire Wilson Family, we want to express our deep love and care. You were a beautiful and special daughter, sister, sisters-in-law, aunt and friend. We have so many fond memories of the special occasions and ordinary days through the years. We miss you and we miss Claire. Rest In Peace in Gods care. Love always. The Wilson Family.
Stella Seferiadis from Attleboro, Ma wrote on January 6, 2021 at 10:01 pm:
Whenever I was in the company of Eileen, she always had a smile. She was a wonderful sister to Jack and was loved by all. She will be missed. May her memory be eternal. RIP
Stella Seferiadis from Attleboro, Ma wrote on January 6, 2021 at 10:01 pm:
Whenever I was in the company of Eileen, she always had a smile. She was a wonderful sister to Jack and was loved by all. She will be missed. May her memory be eternal. RIP
Elizabeth Thomas from Riverside wrote on January 6, 2021 at 12:57 pm:
Sincere sympathy. Eileen was a beautiful and kind person.
Alicia Diggins Araujo from Rumford wrote on January 6, 2021 at 12:44 pm:
I am so sad to hear of Sisters passing. My memory is Sister John Joseph at Cleary School. She was my second grade sister and m favorite teacher of all time! She was so funny, and so energetic. She actually played scatter with us during recess!!. She taught us to be kind and considerate of others. She has stayed forever in my heart. I pray that she is singing with the angels in heaven. God rest her soul.
S. Mary Reilly from Bristol wrote on January 6, 2021 at 11:13 am:
I remember Eileen very well as we lived at Bayview Convent at the same time. Eileen's ministry in the Convent was in the sacristy. She had a good sense of humor.
Jean Saylor from East Providence wrote on January 5, 2021 at 7:20 pm:
Bill and I have many fond memories of Eileen. We saw her daily in her earlier years walking her then dog Corey She always made us laugh and was very direct We got to really know her in later years with her then companion dog Molly We know she will be dearly missed by many I also know she will be happy that molly is living the best life and is a star in our home, we love her I am sure Eileen can look down and see how happy her Molly is in our home
Eileen Casey from Estero Florida wrote on January 5, 2021 at 1:17 pm:
I will miss her wonderful laugh. Not only did she give me a wonderful name to live up to but she also set a great example to follow. She can now be at peace. Prayers and love. Eileen and Dan