Avis A. DiPalma

Avis Ann (Murphy) DiPalma of Cranston was given her new, eternal body on Thursday, March 30, 2017. She handled her health issues these past several years with courage and resilience, constantly rebounding from challenges while remaining faithful to her savior Jesus Christ and trusting in His will.

She was born in Providence on April 11, 1934 to the late Marion Ruth (Grady) Murphy and Frederick Joseph Murphy. They, along with her sisters Ruth Thibault, Barbara Vigliano, and Claire Meinerth have joyfully greeted her in Heaven. Her passing is mourned by her big brother Frederick Murphy and his wife Barbara currently living in Mahwah, NJ, and her five children; Joseph DiPalma and his wife Connie of Derby, CT, Mary DiPalma of Collingswood, NJ, Michael DiPalma and his wife Joanne of Pawtucket, Elizabeth Martinelli of Cranston, and Ann Engelhardt and her husband Scott of Warwick.

Avis loved her family and was loved by them. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren; Leah, Diana, Hannah and her husband Austin, Jared, Emily, Kaitlyn, Christian, Joulien, Evan, Olivia, and many close nieces and nephews; Bob, Paul, Stephen, Janet, Dean, David, Kim, Ruthanne, Sean, Chris, Janine, and Sally, and loving great-nieces and nephews.

Avis remained a lifelong resident of Rhode Island, delighting in the many local pleasures whether it be driving to the beach, swinging by Iggy’s for clam cakes or Twin Oaks for baked stuffed shrimp, and true to the region never quite mastered annunciating her R’s. She relished the summers spent at the country house on Keech Pond in Chepachet, both for the serenity of the natural outdoors but especially since it served as a gathering place for friends and family.

She enjoyed exploring and travelling, whether it be day trips or farther. She followed her heritage and visited the homeland of her grandparents and great grandparents in Ireland. Avis cruised to Bermuda, and ventured to Hawaii and many other locations across all corners of the United States.

Avis took great joy in music, playing the piano and singing uplifting songs. Being a fun loving spirit, she would often adlib lyrics creatively for the pleasure of others. She loved to read and would dabble in painting. Her favorite pastime was being surrounded by family, telling stories, but mostly listening to them with great interest. She was a loyal friend, caring neighbor, and proudest of her family, always eager to introduce them to others.

Aside from her sweet tooth, which favored maple walnut ice cream and Tollhouse cookies, what is most memorable about Avis is her constant smile and compassion, always seeking to make other people comfortable. She had a sensitive, tender heart, was easy to cry, but even quicker to laugh with a great sense of humor.

Visitation celebrating Avis’ life will be on Friday April 7th from 4:00-7:00 pm in The Butterfield Home and Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Saint Mark Church Cranston on Saturday April 8th at 9:00am. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery Cranston. The family invites those who would like to share words of prayer or remembrance to offer these at the Burial Rite in St. Ann Cemetery.

Though Avis loved beautiful flowers, the Lenten season does not permit their display in church, and the family suggests making a donation in her memory to the church, charity, non-profit or community organization of
your choice.

While her children will always remember her loving voice singing, as she often would, “You Are My Sunshine”, we rejoice that Avis is now listening to these words from her Father in her everlasting home.

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Lou and Judy - 04/02/2017

We are sorry for your loss of your mother. Joe, I can remember her from forty years ago when we were in high school.

Marilyn (Dolan) Carlson - 04/02/2017

I am so sorry to hear of Avis passing. I have many fond memories of time spent with Avis. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Marilyn

fred murphy - 04/02/2017

to my friend and sister Avis
thanks for a lifetime of support, love and so much laughter

mary harnedy - 04/02/2017

Dear Liz, I'm so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. May she rest peacefully while watching over all of her loved ones. Peace and love to you, the boys, and your family.

Gary Lawson - 04/02/2017

We would like to convey our most heartfelt condolences in the passing of Avis, thoughts & prayers to Joe , Connie, & the DiPalma family at this time.
Gary & Liz Lawson

Janet - 04/02/2017

To my Dipalma cousins and my Uncle Fred
I loved Avis with all my heart ...Avis was my second mother ...love ya aunt Avis

Patrick Mclain - 04/02/2017

Avis will always hold a special place in my heart.. I know she will watch over all of us. I hope all whose lives she touched to rejoice she has brought heaven a great way to look at things.

COL Daniel Powers - 04/02/2017

Mrs. Dipalma was one of the truly superb adults that shaped me and kept me out of trouble from first grade through college. I am very blessed to have spent a great deal of time with the Dipalma Family for the last 45 years. Thank you Mrs. Dipalma for keeping me, Mike and John G. , Mark S., Brian T., Steve B. and Jimmy C. out of trouble as teenagers.


Daniel Powers
COL, U.S. Army
Houston, TX

Christine Brown - 04/03/2017

Avis was the very sweetest soul in this world. That smile, that laugh , that twinkle in her eye. She was my second mom and I'll will always take with me the love and kindness she showed me . ( even when I was "bold" )
I love you mom Avis . Heaven just became even more beautiful with your presence 💜💛💚

Mary Gallagher Plante - 04/03/2017

Remembering you from my favorite place also, Keech Pond. Rest in Peace

Michael Geisser - 04/05/2017

Please accept my sincere condolences, Fred, on the loss of your sister, Avis. I remember her as always upbeat and smiling, in spite of her physical ailments. I hope your memories of her serve as some comfort.

Larry and Donna Birch - 04/05/2017

We are sorry for the loss of your mother, Joe, but rejoice with you in her presence with the Lord. Blessings to you and the rest of your family during this time of grieving.

Heather Reed - 04/06/2017

To Joanne and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law, mother, and grandmother. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Talone - 04/08/2017

Liz, Christian, Julien, and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your beautiful mother. She was a joy to be around, always happy, laughing and enjoying times with her family. May she rest in peace.

Ana - 06/06/2017

Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. Words alone can not ease the pain when grieving the loss of a love one. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3-4 states, "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". May God give you and your family comfort in your loving memories and in His promise that soon we will never experience losing our loved ones in death and we will be able to see them again once they resurrected as per John 5:28-29. May these words give you a new hope, with deepest sympathy and warmth of heart.

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