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Dorothy Sousa

07/28/1929 - 11/15/2023


Obituary For Dorothy Sousa

Dorothy A. Sousa, 94, of Warren, RI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 15, 2023 surrounded by her loving family. A daughter of the late John and Mary (Ledo) Penacho, Dorothy grew up and lived in Bristol for 40 years before moving down to Florida for 25 years and eventually returned to Warren 9 years ago. She always said she wanted to fly back to Rhode Island in a seat!

Dottie was known as a great friend to all. She worked as an Expeditor for Raytheon for many years and was a longtime member of the Holy Rosary Sodality at St Thomas Church. Dorothy loved to do all kinds of crafts, especially knitting and sewing. While she was residing in Florida, she made over 850 little girls dressed that were distributed to needy children in Florida. Later, she knitted baby and children hats that were donated to the hospitals and to needy children. She loved to play all kinds of card games with her group of friends, go bowling and even organized Bocce and Shuffleboard games at Kickimuit Village, where she lived when she moved back to Rhode Island. An extreme lover of ice cream, Dorothy often had several half gallon tubs of her favorite mint chocolate chip ice cream in her freezer at any given time. Most of all, Dorothy loved to travel and spend time with her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Adele (Erick)Irizarry of East Providence, RI, Nancy (Richard)Silva of Warren, RI and Ann Marie Sousa of East Providence, RI; Her brother, Robert Penacho of Seekonk, MA; her sister, Janice Cordeiro of Seekonk, MA; her grandchildren, Michael (Melissa) Silva, Kevin Silva and Jeffrey (Michelle Ristucca) Mattos; and her great grandchildren, Brianna, Ryan and Emily Silva, and Finley and Parker Mattos. She was the mother of the late Manuel C. Mattos III, the sister of the late Francis, Alfred, John, Lester and Joseph Penacho, Mary Motta and Rose Guglielmo.

Services are with Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Rd. Warren, RI where the family will receive relatives and guests for Visitation on Monday, November 20, 2023, from 9-10AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 500 Metacom Ave, Warren, RI. Burial will be at Seekonk Cemetery, Newman Ave, Seekonk, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Grace Barker Activity Fund, 54 Barker Ave. Warren, RI. 02885
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