Vera G. Washington

Vera G. (Jackson) Washington, of Pawtucket RI, and most recently Coventry RI, died on Thursday, March 18, 2021. She was born on February 18, 1923, in Providence, RI, to Helen (Ferris) and Fenner Jackson. She was the wife of the late Charles Washington. She was predeceased by sisters Mildred Washington and Evelyn Washington, and brothers Harry Jackson and Raymond Jackson. Vera leaves her daughter Melanie Charlene Spadola and son-in-law Philip Spadola of West Greenwich, RI; her two grandchildren, Samuel Spadola and his wife Heather Spadola of Danielson, CT; Nick Spadola of West Greenwich, RI; and her two great-grandchildren Amaya Spadola and Odin Spadola. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, her extended family, and many friends.

Vera lived most of her life in Pawtucket where she attended Pawtucket High School (now Tolman) and worked in several mills including RI Dress Company for several years. She last worked at Miller Electric Company (a division of Carol Cable) in Pawtucket and Woonsocket for 27 years, retiring in 1984. While she worked there, she was a member of the United Steelworkers Union serving as a steward, a member of the Grievance Committee, and on the Negotiating Team. She was well respected – on both sides – for her knowledge of labor issues, impressive communication skills, and formidable bargaining strategies. She was also financial secretary for Local 6224 for many years.

Vera loved meeting new people and engaging with others in thoughtful conversations. During the years she lived at Fogarty Manor, she became an active member of the Fogarty Manor Tenants Association. She made many friends, participated in many activities, and served on the board of directors. She loved to shop and had many collections including coins, cut glass, rhinestones, and many types of memorabilia. She loved eating and cooking and generously shared her well-loved “Aunt Vera’s Jag” on all important occasions. Vera spent the last 3 years of her life as a resident of the Respiratory and Rehabilitation Center of RI in Coventry. While there, she was an enthusiastic participant in many activities such as spelling bees and trivia games. She also rediscovered her love of classic poems – some of which she could recite from memory.  Once again, she made a host of new friends and developed many new and enriching relationships with residents and staff alike.

Most important to Vera was her family. She was fiercely loyal; she was always ready to listen, help and support those she loved, affording them the respect and dignity she believed everyone deserved. She will be missed.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, from 5-7, in the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Her funeral and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, feel free to make donations to RI Meals On Wheels.


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The Wills Family, Judy, Kippy, Kira, & Elise, from East Greenwich wrote on April 2, 2021 at 5:03 pm:
Extending our deepest condolences to our beloved Spadola and Washington Family relations. My earliest memories of Aunt Vera date back to Elm St. & Union Baptist Church in Pawt. She was friends with both my Mom & Dad who were 2 yrs. older. Her daily Joy’s were husband Uncle Charlie, daughter Charlene, plus grands and great grands. However, Aunt Vera Always Had A Way of Making You Feel Special Too! Her legacy of kindness and humanity lives on in those she loved & touched.
Meema Spadola from Brooklyn, NY wrote on March 26, 2021 at 2:35 pm:
This photo and obituary captures so much of Vera's spirit, her warmth, liveliness and kindness, and, of course, her beautiful smile. I knew a bit of her history as a proud union worker, but it's great to get more specifics. I am so grateful to have been a part of Vera's extended family and am keeping her and her beloved family in my thoughts.
Chuck Kazarian from Boston wrote on March 24, 2021 at 3:10 pm:
Vera was always so kind and tolerant, and she raised a wonderful daughter. I regret that I never had a chance to learn more about her labor union activities. Family gatherings won’t be the same without her.
Donna Ruggiero wrote on March 23, 2021 at 1:06 pm:
I am sorry for your loss! I had the privilege or getting to know Vera while working in Coventry where she was a resident, had many conversation's and laughs she was so beautiful inside and out god bless her and may she rest in paradise.
Linda Denosky-Smart from Wakefield wrote on March 22, 2021 at 7:55 pm:
Over the years, Jim and I looked forward to speaking with Vera at the many gatherings hosted by her daughter, Charlene and Son in Law Phillip. Her welcoming smile always helped me feel comfortable and at ease. She was a wonderful listener
Robbi from Pawtucket wrote on March 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm:
I am so sorry to hear of Vera's passing....I was her manager when she lived at Fogarty.....Vera was one of my best residents and such a joy to speak with.....she will be dearly missed... :(
Nancy Glassman from Searsmont, ME wrote on March 22, 2021 at 11:38 am:
Vera took us all in as family. There was a well of strength to her, along with the most amazing beneficence. She never asked for much, but received all attention with sunshine. I'll miss her.
Toni and John Harvey from Warwick wrote on March 22, 2021 at 6:35 am:
Charlene and Philip Your mom was the sweetest woman. We remember talking with her at your annual May breakfasts. She had such a beautiful smile! And we always looked forward to enjoying the delicious jag she always made. Our deepest sympathies to all of you.
John Spadola from Searsmont, Maine wrote on March 21, 2021 at 9:16 pm:
Vera was the most gracious person I ever met. She was smart and interesting, but you had to work to get her to tell about herself. She liked to know about and appreciate other people. Always a lady
Debra D Wahington from Charlotte,NC wrote on March 21, 2021 at 7:20 pm:
Peace and Blessings are with you Aunt Vera 2 Corinthians 5:1,2
Howard E. Washington Jr. from Providence wrote on March 21, 2021 at 5:57 pm:
Rest Well in God's Peace Aunty Vera💫🙌🏾🙏🏾
Sheila Ann Jackson from E. PROVIDENCE wrote on March 21, 2021 at 2:55 pm:
Sorry for your. My condolences to the family.
Diane Lomba peoples from East Providence wrote on March 21, 2021 at 1:23 pm:
Charlene and family so sorry for your loss. Many memories of Ms Vera way back to Elm St. She was always such a sweet lady. My condolences to the whole family.
Ray and CeeWee Gadouas from East Providence wrote on March 21, 2021 at 9:03 am:
Charlene and Family Your mom was such a sweet lady. I remember giving her a ride to your house years ago, and having a lovely conversation along the way. She was always smiling and happy to greet us at your get togethers. Wonderful woman, great memories, she will be missed.