Mary E. Smithers

Mary E Smithers of 36 Brown Street, where she lived most of her 90 years died on Monday, December 28, 2015 at Rhode Island Hospital after being suddenly stricken; passing peacefully with her family at her bedside. Born in East Providence a daughter to the late Manuel and Mary (Luiz) Fontes formerly of 40 Brown Street. She was the widow of William M Smithers; she is survived by two sisters. Rita Falaguerra of Riverside and Lucille Boutin of Savannah, Georgia; two children, MaryBeth Bentley of Coupeville, Washington and William Smithers of Pawtucket; four grandchildren, Amanda, Molly, Matthew and Jonathan and one great grandchild Morgan Smithers. She was the sister of the late Zelia “Sally” Clemente. She graduated from East Providence High School and was employed for many years at Coro, Inc. of the Providence jewelry district, and also worked at Wayland Bakery, and was a School Bus Monitor for several years in East Providence.

Mary and her husband, Bill were most notably known for their involvement in National Marriage Encounter through weekend retreats.  Through this tireless work, they became close friends and mentors to many.  A lifelong communicant of Saint Martha’s Church, she was a member of the Rosary and Alter Society where she served as President; she also functioned a treasurer of the Ponham Womens Homemakers Club. She enjoyed serving meals at the East Providence Senior Center.Mary loved to paint and regularly attended a neighborhood painting class. Mary loved music and the arts and had a big soft spot in her heart for the music of Johnny Mathis. An avid Baker and Cook, there is nary a soul who can’t remember “Mother Mary’s Pumpkin Bread”, or the smell and taste of the next creation coming out of the kitchen. She was the place where Holidays began, and worked tirelessly to make each one special.

You are invited to celebrate the Life of Mary Smithers. Please join the family at the Perry McStay Funeral home on Wednesday January 6th, 2016 from 5-8PM; with the Funeral and Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Martha’s Church Thursday January 7th at 10AM; with Burial alongside her Husband, together forever, at Gate of Heaven Cemetary. May the light of God keep you, and forever light your way…… The Family of Mary E Smithers.


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