Myrtle C. Petrone

Myrtle C. Petrone 100, of Cranston, Rhode Island passed away peacefully on May 10, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Edward L. and Madeline (Layfield) Parr and beloved wife to the late Pasquale “Pat” Petrone.

The matriarch of a large and loving family, Nanny kept her home adorned with photos of her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, for whom she crocheted afghan blankets well into her 90s. Together with her husband Pat, she created an incredible family and blessed them with 100 years of love and laughter.

For more than 50 years, she found peace at the beach in Quonochontaug, RI, where a “Nanny’s Beach House” plaque will always hang above the entry to her family home. She loved daily walks to the beach and the feel of her feet in the sand. She never drove a car, and when in “Quonnie,” enjoyed food shopping trips into Westerly with her dear friend Maryann Wertman. The Fisher family were also lifelong Quonnie friends.

At 100 years old, Nanny’s equally sharp memory and sense of humor warmed the hearts of those lucky enough to enjoy her company, like her friends in later years Donna Jordan, Lois Pickett and Sister Mercian Hassett RSM, as well as family members Susan and Sarah Carr, who shared special visits with her.

Her Catholic faith and service to her family sustained her for a century, and instilled long-lasting lessons in those who loved her.

She was the oldest of five late siblings; William A. Parr, Isabelle M. Merola, Vera M. Parr, Marilyn J. Osterman, and Edward L. Parr, Jr., who passed away earlier this year on Easter Sunday.

Nanny was a loving mother to Arnold of Dennis, MA, Bob and Billy of Cranston, Peter of Charlestown, and she loved her daughters in marriage Lorraine, of Yarmouth Port, MA, and Laurie of North Kingstown. She cared for Billy her whole life, and he cared for her.

In addition to her sons, she is survived by her grandchildren; Melanie, Amy, Aaron, Brianna, Evan and Ryan; and her great grandchildren Ethan, Claire and Julianna.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday May 15 at 10:00AM in St. Mary’s Church in Carolina, RI. Burial will follow in The Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence, 964 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI, 02860, or at

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Beverley Lotti - 05/12/2018

Bob and Peter
There are no words to express my sadness in learning of your mom's passing. Your mom was a remarkable woman and I shall miss her. Please take some comfort in knowing That God has put his arms around her and welcomed her home. You and your family will remain in my prayers.

The O'Leary family - 05/13/2018

Please accept our condolences on the passing of your dear mother. We are so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing woman. May happy memories help to reduce your sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and you.

Lisa and Bob Dulude - 05/14/2018

Bob and family, please accept our condolences at this sad time. we're very sorry for the loss of you mom. we know how much she was love and adored by your entire family. we will keep you all in our prayers.

John Davies - 05/14/2018

Bob and Peter
May 10, 2018 is a sad day but a happy day too,
sad because of the passing of your mom, but a happy one too, because your mom has reached her final destination in life and is now united with our Lord and Savior and with her beloved family and friends .
My deepest condolences to you and the family.

Dorann Morris - 05/14/2018

Bob, condolences to you and your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time,

Paul Kelly - 05/14/2018

Arnold, Billy and Bob
It has been many years since we last saw each other in the old neighborhood in Providence. I
remember your mom as a very warm and friendly person. One of my most vivid memories is your
mom walking-up to receive holy communion with Billy at the Assumption Church. My you all
be at peace with loving memories.

Natalie L. McKenna - 05/14/2018

Dearest Bob: Was so saddened to hear of the loss of your mom. I know it is always very sad to lose your mom at any age, but you had her with you for a very long period and the beautiful memories that you have for her are everlasting. I will remember her in my prayers, as well as, you and your family.

David & Sandra Osterman - 05/14/2018

Dear Bob, Billy, Peter, Arnold and your Families,
We have no idea how to express our sadness in our hearts for the passing of your mom. Growing up Aunt Myrt was such a close member of our family. When I was spending time with my mom, it was usually while she was visiting her sister, your mom. So much so, I can still hear Aunt Myrt’s voice in my head. We pray for Aunt Myrt, and that ya’ll find peace. She was probably the kindest, and most forgiving woman I ever met. She touched my life forever, and will be missed.

Kayla - VNA - 05/15/2018

Peter and family,
I am so sorry to see about Myrtle's passing. Though I only knew her for a short time, she was a wonderful caring woman that I was lucky to have gotten the chance to meet. Please know my thoughts are with you in this time.

Cindy - 05/16/2018

My condolences to the family. May for find courage To face tomorrow in the love that surroundings you today.

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