Susan E. Whitney

Susan E. Whitney 67, of Cranston, died on March 11, 2015 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Hospice Center in Providence after a 15 year battle with young onset Parksinson’s Disease. Daughter of Donald Mathewson (d. 2003) and Doris Mathewson of Cranston, she was born on October 17, 1947. Wife of Stephen Whitney of Cranston and was a graduate of Cranston High School West Class of 1965. Susan attended Syracuse University Art School and studied with local artist Herman Itchkawich. In 1969 she began work in the Engineering Department for Dr. Joseph Kestin and worked at Brown University in the Center for Advanced Materials Research in the into the early 1990s. She achieved a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bryant University in the early 1990s. She achieved her Series 6 license and worked with Fleet Bank and Boston Financial in Providence. She was a member of the Meshanticut Park Baptist Church in Oaklawn from the mid-1970s to the mid 1990s. Susan, a vibrant and engaging person, was a great admirer of science and the arts who viewed the world objectively, consciously, pragmatically, but also emotionally, meaningfully, fair and realistically. She not only practiced meditation, positive thought each day, but believed in hard work and healthy lifestyle. She inspired her children and family, colleagues and peers around her to do the same. Susan loved to ballroom dance and figure skate and did so in her spare time throughout her career as a professional working woman. Susan enjoyed all facets of the arts and literature and loved British comedy and melodrama. Being silly was a necessary part of the daily health and wellness. Susan was a Renaissance woman indeed who felt the need and vocation to impact the world in her way to make a difference as a human being. In addition to her mother and husband, other caring members of her family are daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Whitney-Silva and David Silva, grandchildren Nicholas Whitney and Ryan Silva of Cranston, RI; daughter and son-in law Laura W. Nikas and Aaron Nikas, grandchild Morgan Nikas of Amesbury, MA. Susan's Funeral Service will be held on Monday March 16th at 10:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston officiated by Reverend Melanie Towle the Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Attleboro. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00-5:00pm

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Joyce Drake - 03/14/2015

times spent with Susan were precious and fun…Susan was receptive in receiving communion from me, but only if we had chocolate chip cookies and juice….I was privileged to visit Susan on March 7th at her last residence.. I knew she was so prepared to meet her maker……Susan was beautiful and so at peace…i recited the lord's Prayer and held her hand…….rest in the arms of God Susan…your suffering is over…..God bless You……Prayers and smiles…..Joyce

Michael Canning - 03/14/2015

To Stephen and family my most deepest sympathy on the loss of your wife

David Bradley - 03/14/2015

I graduated with Susan from CHSW in '65 and due to time and distance lost touch with her and almost everyone else of that class year. It is with sadness that I commit my condolences to family and friends and also it is with firm belief that Susan is in Heaven, free of her trials. Go with God, Susan.

Irene & Walter Hope - 03/14/2015

To Stephen, Lizz, Laura, Doris and families:

We are very sorry for the loss of Susan and know that she is at peace. May Susan's art work, pictures and family memories carry you through this difficult time. Peace be with you. Irene & Walter Hope

Jane Driscoll - 03/15/2015

My heartfelt condolences to the Whitney family. The world has lost someone special now that Susan is gone. I graduated from HS with her and we became reconnected at Brown where we met frequently for lunch. I will miss her, a lot.

Madeleine Beaudin - 03/16/2015

My heartfelt sympathy to Stephen and daughters, and to Doris, her mother with whom I worked at the R.I. Hospital years ago; and later I worked with Susan at Brown University. Truly, Susan was a Renaissance woman. Surely, she will rest in peace.

Tami Brunelle - 03/16/2015

My dear friend Laura and family,
What a lovely picture of her and a beautifully written memorial of her life.
My most heartfelt condolences for the loss of your mom. I hope you find comfort in knowing she's at peace and showering you with love from above! Your mom was so welcoming to me when I visited your home back in our Bradford days...I can still remember sipping on a cup of cappuccino while she shared her photos:-) I'm always here for you if you need to chat or want to share a memory of your mom. Sending you big hugs & love your way!!! xoxo

Donna Diiorio - 03/20/2015

Dear Stephen and Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. I am writing from Florida and just heard of Susan's passing. She was a beautiful woman and we will miss seeing her when we visit our dad,Sam Forte,at Atria. You were so kind and loving to her and we hope in time you will heal. May God comfort you in your sorrow.

leon juskalian - 03/29/2015

dear stephen. remember me from brettonwoods drive? i was in her same class at west, so i am offering my condolences; so sorry for your loss

Mrs. and Mrs Laura Whitney Nikas and Aaron Nikas - 03/11/2016

We miss you mommy so much. We know you are watching over us every day and we look up at the stars and smile.

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