Doris M. Mathewson

Doris May (Massey) Mathewson calmly and peacefully passed away in the care of Beacon Hospice and Coventry Center late Saturday November the 11th. Doris was a kind and gentle and giving woman. The son of Hugh and Nellie Massey, Doris began her life knowing she wanted to help people. Her mother Nellie inspired her to go into nursing. A graduate of East Providence High School, and a Nursing Graduate of Rhode Island College where she went on to be a charge Nurse at the Jane Brown at Rhode Island Hospital. Early retirement for Doris was not the end for Doris and she earned her Master’s degree in Public Health Administration from Salve Regina in 1986. She then decided she would continue her giving and helping to care for people who were sick and began her stint at Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island until the early 1990's when she had her second retirement. Doris had much more giving and caring to offer. This was her vocation. She did serve in some capacity in WWII as a nurse. She was created by God to help people and that made her feel good and most useful. She had been a long standing member of the Beneficent Congregational Church since 1967, she decided that after being the Church President and contributing to the institution she loved to be a parish nurse and continued that into the early 2000's when she could not physically do as much as she used to. The loss of her husband and sister in 2003 was devastating. And then in 2015 when she lost her only child Susan to Parkinson’s Disease at age 67. Doris asked the Lord why she was still here. Indeed she and God were to only know the answer. Doris loved traveling with her husband Don. However, when Don was unable to travel Doris continued to travel with her friends on religious visits and had visited China, Russia, Switzerland and many more. But we think she was most happy when she was with Don, her love. She and Don were in love and it showed. From Tijuana to Tiananmen, from The pyramid to the glaciers. Their favorite trips were Alaska and Holland. Her father’s southern North Carolina roots were near and dear to Doris’ heart and when she met someone from there she would break into her southern accent which was infectious. Doris will be missed dearly but she did more than most on this earth for that we know it was what she was made to do.

Here are some of the organizations Doris was a member of contributing her time and passion of Nursing and being amongst friends and caregivers like herself.

President: Beneficent Congregational Church

President: Lucy C. Ayers Foundation

Doris M. Mathewson Nursing Scholarship - Awarded to a part-time or full-time female nursing student at Rhode Island College. Criteria include minimum GPA of 3.0, and 3.0 in each nursing course, evidence of Department activities and service to the College and community. She was thrilled to see so many continuing on the path as nurses and caregivers, and proudly gave them scholarships.

President: RI Hospital Nurses Guild

Editor: The Echo, a newsletter for The Nursing Guild

President: West Cranston Garden Club - Beautification projects all over the City and earned the key to the City of Cranston.

Member: Women’s Guild Beneficent Congregational Church

Contributing Organizer of Health Fare at Beneficent Congregational Church

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 1:00pm in the Chapel Mausoleum at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery, Johnston. Visitation will be held Wednesday afternoon from 4:00-7:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston.

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Stephanie Olivia - 11/14/2017

Doris: it was a pleasure getting to know you at Beneficent Cingregational Church. Thank you for all your hard work to serve a better humanity. Rest-in-Peace Sweet Doris. An angel on earth now an angel in heaven. Love, Stephanie Olivia

Karen Wilber - 11/14/2017

RIP, Doris. May you rest in peace in Heaven. xx, Karen Wilber

Shealynne Fay - 11/14/2017

Although I did not get a chance to meet you, I know that you were a wonderful soul ♡

Rev. Robert Mathis - 11/14/2017

We give thanks for the life and caring service Doris gave to so many. It was our privilege to know her and enjoy our relationship with her daughter: Susa; Stephen, Elizabeth and Laura during our 10 years in Cranston. We grieved the loss of Don; and most recently Susan. We can see her positive influence carry on in her family. God Bless and sustain them during this time of transition.

Jane E Driscoll (Blackie's human Mom) - 11/14/2017

Stephen, Elizabeth, Laura, and the great-grand kids, I am sorry for your loss. Doris was a very special lady who will be missed. I'm sure she is happy and reunited with her family.

Debora Bailey - 11/15/2017

I am truly sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the Mathewson family will find some comfort and strength in Jesus promise of the earthly resurrection (Acts 24:15, John 5:28, 29) and the renewed Paradise earth, where death is an enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26) that will very soon be eliminated forever, and no family will mourn the death of a loved one (Revelation 21:3,4). This promise has been given by Almighty God Jehovah (Psalms 83:18). Truly, what a glorious and almost unbelievable day that will be! It's a reality though for God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). For more comforting and encouraging scriptures on the resurrection, please visit

Catherine Mathis - 11/15/2017

Grandma Doris loved each of you dearly. Her granddaughters were a great joy in her life and she was so proud of you as young women. Having great grand children was better than diamonds. She watched you each become someone special as you grew. I hope all the funny stories, moments of joy and times of difficulty will become part of her legend as she lives on through each of you. She had a wonderful life and lied it fully!

Dan O'Grady - 11/16/2017

Doris, I have missed you so much ever since our days on the Interfaith Counseling Center which was created by the Beneficent Congregational Church. Although I came from the Diocese of Providence's Roman Catholic Church you always made me feel so welcome and the same was true for all Board Members. You led us all by your caring and wisdom. We accomplished so much together with our brothers and sisters of so many different Faiths. It was my first real ecumenical experience and your caring and love for each person was the driving force of our togetherness. Now we have an angel in heaven to watch over us,

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