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Rhoda E. Mowry

January 8, 2024

Rhoda Mowry Obituary

Rhoda Elsie Mowry, 84, of North Smithfield, died January 8, 2024, at Miriam Hospital surrounded by her family. Born in Woonsocket, she was the daughter of the late Stanley Mowry, Sr. and Dorothy (Lapham) Mowry.

Rhoda graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1957. She attended Boston University from 1957-1960. She later received her nursing degree from the University of Maine at Augusta in 1978.
After leaving the nursing profession, she attended Rhode Island College earning both her bachelor's (1992) and master's (1993) degrees in social work.

Rhoda was an active member of Smithfield Monthly Meeting of Friends for many years serving as Clerk of the Meeting and Clerk of Ministry and Counsel. She also served at the regional level as clerk of what was then known as Rhode Island Smithfield Quarterly Meeting and she served for many years on New England Yearly Meeting's Permanent Board.

As a nurse, Rhoda worked for Roger Williams Hospital among other hospitals and nursing facilities. After becoming a licensed social worker, she worked for the East Bay Mental Health Center and St. Joseph's Hospital for their partial hospitalization program, until her retirement. She was a member of the Smithfield Monthly Meeting of Friends and was an avid bridge player. She was always up for an adventure and would happily drop everything to go. Rhoda also enjoyed painting in watercolors and oil and she loved to cook, especially anything by Julia Child.
She leaves her children, Deborah Wood-LaSalle, and her husband, James, of Coventry, and Frank Stanley Wood of Waterville, ME; her brother, Stanley Mowry, Jr., and his wife, Jacqueline, of North Smithfield; five grandchildren, Alexandria, Anastasia, Adrianna, Taylor, and Samantha; two great granddaughters, Elizabeth and Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Richard Mowry.

Her funeral will be held Monday, January 15, 2024 at 10 AM from the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, with a funeral service at 11 AM in the Smithfield Monthly Meeting of Friends, 108 Smithfield Rd., Woonsocket. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 1 - 3 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Smithfield Monthly Meeting of Friends.

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January 14, 2024

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Holt Funeral Home
510 S Main St
Woonsocket, RI 02895

Funeral Service
January 15, 2024

11:00 AM
Smithfield Monthly Meeting of Friends
108 Smithfield Road
Woonsocket, RI 02895

January 15, 2024

Union Cemetery
Smithfield Road
North Smithfield, RI 02896


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