Edna Marie Fisher “Evening Star” Rawlings










May 6, 2014

Edna Marie Fisher “Evening Star” Rawlings, 93 of Rumford, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Summit Commons.  She was preceded in death by her devoted and loving husband James Rawlings.  Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Edward and Agnes Butler Fisher. Edna was a lifelong member of the Cathedral of St. John’s where she served for many years as President of the ECW and on the altar guild and later attended St. Stephens Church. She graduated at the age of 16 from high school and received her formal education at Roger Williams Junior College.  In 1985 she retired from Brown University as a Senior Grant Specialist in the Office of Research Administration. She was also very active in many civic and social organizations such as the Urban League of Rhode Island, Paragon Club and League of Women Voters.  To know Edna was to love her, she was the eldest member of the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe. With great pride, she affectionately spoke of her rich heritage and would share special remembrances of her father in full regalia, his horse and wagon and his many adventures. She had a love for mathematics and a deep appreciation for music. One of her greatest joys was to host and entertain at home. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends and all those who knew and loved her.   Left to cherish the loving memory of Edna are her two daughters, Janice Rawlings “Bright Light” Yancy and Leslie Rawlings “Running Water” Costa, her son James Elmer “Red Warrior” Rawlings and his wife Jennifer Rawlings, devoted brother, Donald “Three Bears” Fisher, 11 grandchildren, Elizabeth Bostic, Caroline Halfpenny, Ellery P. Costa, Keith Costa, Steven Costa, Julie Ann Rawlings, James O. Rawlings, John Yancy, Jennifer R.E. Rawlings, Jason Rawlings and the late Gayton Yancy, thirteen great grandchildren (who called her Little Grandma), special nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.  She was the sister of the late Belford, Elmer and Carlton Fisher, Carolyn August-Reese and Bernice Hooks.  Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 AM in St. Stephen’s Church, 114 George Street, Providence. Burial with a Native American Ceremony will be in Seekonk Cemetery, Newman Avenue, Seekonk. Calling hours will be held on Monday from 5-8 in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. In lieu of flowers contributions to the Seekonk Tribal Building Fund, 412 Taunton Avenue, Seekonk,Ma 02769 would be appreciated.


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