Dorothy A. Harris

Dorothy “Dot” Arlene Harris, devoted mother and wife, died peacefully at the age of 96 at the Hopkins Manor Nursing Home in North Providence on April 7, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Dot was born in Providence, on February 15, 1920, of parents Esther (Rusack) Daniels and Frederick E. ”Pop” Daniels. She married Arnold “Arnie” Harris just before World War II and was predeceased by him on December 15, 1992. She lived in Meshanticut for her childhood years and moved to Oaklawn when she married. Dot was a wonderful homemaker for her husband and children. Her mom Esther came to live with Dot and the family in Cranston in her later years. She was a member of the Oaklawn Baptist Church for most of her adult life. She was also a member of the Eastern Star. Dot graduated from Cranston High School (now Cranston East). She and her childhood friends formed The Sewing Club during high school that kept them connected throughout all of their lives over 8 decades. Dot and Arnie loved travel and were skiing enthusiasts long before it was fashionable. They skated on Meshanticut Lake for hours during their courtship and went back to her family home overlooking the lake to have hot cocoa at the end of a brisk day. Wherever they were, a cribbage board would accompany them as they spent hours in spirited competition! Her love of all living things, especially cats, squirrels and ducks, was known to all. She was happiest when she was outside, even on the coldest days. She became a self appointed caretaker for the ducks on Meshanticut Lake over many very cold winters! Her children were so fortunate to have a mom that always took them outside to play, skate, and sled and surf the waves! The van trips with dad, mom, Carole and their poodle Susie were legendary over the years. To her grandchildren she was known as “Grammy.” Grammy was an active grandmother who loved spending time with her grandchildren. Sunday night was always dinner at Grammy’s where she served some of her family’s favorite dishes including, Johnny Cakes and fried chicken. At the holidays, Dot was known for her delicious date nut squares and legendary vanilla and chocolate cream pies. Grammy enjoyed playing cards and board games with her grandchildren. One of the Grammy’s favorite games was UNO. During the summer, Grammy’s favorite place was the beach with her family. She taught the grandchildren to ride the waves, float, and enjoy the taste of the salt water. She was an expert croquet player and took no prisoners when playing with the family! She was often referred to as “dead eyed Dick”because she rarely missed a shot. During the winters, Grammy could be found sledding and/or ice skating on the lake with her grandchildren. Her motto, which helped her through the toughest times in her long life, reflects the passion and independence she exhibited throughout her life:

Dare to be a Daniels
Dare to stand alone
Dare to have a purpose strong
Dare to make it known!

Survivors include her children Patricia of Warwick, Nancy of Milford, Connecticut, Stephen of Salinas, California, and Carole of Pawtucket; 5 grandchildren, Phillip Jr., Peter, Pamela Rossetti, Paula and Patrick Prendergast; 6 great grandchildren, Bethany, Jacob and Noah Prendergast; Madison and Andrew Rossetti; Gabriel Prendergast; as well as many nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements on Sunday April 10, 2016 are scheduled for calling hours from 5:00 – 6:00pm, with the funeral service immediately following at 6:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston, RI. The burial will be private on Monday at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Exeter, RI. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at or by mail Attention Donation Processing P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or to the United States Humane Society at

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The Rossetti Family - 04/09/2016

Our deepest condolences for your loss. May she rest in peace among the angels in heaven.

Helen Scinto - 04/09/2016

My deepest sympathy, Nancy. I will remember her--and you all--in my prayers.

Eleanor and Mario Gradoia - 04/09/2016

We are saddened to hear of your mother's passing. Take comfort in all of the wonderful memories you have of her.

Tim and Melissa Lavendier - 04/10/2016

Our deepest sympathies to Paula and her family at the loss of her beloved Grammy. Our prayers our with you, may your fond memories comfort you at this difficult time.

Maureen & Richard Picard - 04/11/2016

Our deepest sympathies for you Nancy and your family. Your Mom was a special lady by the beautiful memories displayed in her obituary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Sheila Sherwood - 04/29/2016

I see your Mother's passion for life and good humor in you. I am sure you brought her much joy. Eventually, special memories will ease the pain of your loss.

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