Beatrice M. D'Ambra
Beatrice "Bea" Margaret (Middlebrook) D’Ambra of Cranston passed away peacefully on June 11, 2018 at the Philip Hulitar Center in Providence at the age of 93.
Bea was married to her husband of 53 years, the late Antonio ‘Tony’ D’Ambra, in 1946. Born to the late James and Sarah (McGinn) Middlebrook on March 7, 1925 in Providence, she was a long-time resident of Harmon Avenue in Cranston. Bea is survived by her sister Hope Haubenreiser of Venice, FL and was preceded in death by her siblings Clare Brady, Ruth (Reilly) Jackson, Marilyn Middlebrook, and Richard Middlebrook.
A devoted mother, Bea is survived by her children Paul (Maggie) D’Ambra of Mays Landing, NJ; Vincent (Mona) D’Ambra of Cranston; Toni (Bob) Ford of Warwick; Ann (Dana) Yetton of Sandy, UT; Mary D’Ambra of Columbus, OH; and the late Robert D’Ambra. Beatrice was also lovingly known as "Nana" to her 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, and "Aunt Bea" to her many nieces and nephews.
Beatrice attended Hope High School and worked at the former Wanskuck Co. for several years. She enlisted in the US Army in 1945 and served as a Private First Class in the Women’s Army Corp as a clerk in the 1114th Secretarial Clerk Unit at Camp Edwards, MA for which she was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. In late 1945 Bea met her husband, Tony, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, and they were married at Camp Edwards soon after. Bea enjoyed bowling in a couples’ league with her husband, played tennis into her 50’s, and could always be found working on the daily crossword puzzle. Despite being of English descent, Bea became an excellent Italian cook; known by all of her family for her one-of-a-kind chicken soup.
For more than 50 years, Bea was a communicant and volunteer at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Cranston, teaching catechism and assisting weekly in the finance office. She also volunteered in numerous roles at Elmhurst Extended Care and served as a Eucharistic Minister for the residents. In recent years, Bea was a resident of the Scandinavian Assisted Living home, lending a helping hand where needed, making fast friends with many of the other residents, and always providing a well-timed quip or supportive word to staff and neighbors alike. Despite her recent declining health, she could often be heard quoting her favorite Bible verse - “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Without question, Bea’s selflessness stands as a reflection of her Christian faith and a testament of her dedication to others.
Beatrice was deeply loved. Her sense of humor, wit, attention to detail, love of the English language, amazing hair, unmatched devotion and continual prayers for her family and friends will be cherished and missed by all who knew and loved her as "Bea", "Mom", "Aunt Bea", and "Nana" (Nan).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday June 16th at 9:00am in St. Paul Church one St. Paul Place Cranston, RI 02905. Burial with Military Honors will follow in The Rhode Island Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers and as a thank you for their care and support over the last few years donations may be made to Scandinavian Assisted Living at 50 Warwick Avenue Cranston, RI 02905.
Michael D'Ambra, Brother in law - 06/12/2018
Bea was an amazing person who helped and touched so many lives; she will be sadly missed by many. Her obituary says it all. My thoughts are with her children and friends. Now she can rest in peace next to Tony.
Kathy & Mike Vitale - 06/12/2018
We came to know Bea in a unique, but wonderful twist of life circumstances that brought our families together. From the first time we met her, she made us feel welcome as a part of her family and we always will consider her a part of ours. From the words above one can't help but think what a wonderful and rich life she had blessed with family, faith and so many life experiences. Peace be with you Bea!
Larry and Debbie Peck - 06/12/2018
Remembering all of her family in prayer in these days of loss. She truly lived a life of faithfulness and service! She left a wonderful legacy to her children!
Rev. Don Wiegand - 06/13/2018
Bea's simple faith in Jesus Christ to be her Savior gave her great peace and assurance that this life was only temporary. Her genuine love and unselfish devotion to others made her a true missionary where ever she went. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have known her. We will continue to pray for each of you as you mourn the loss of one special lady. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Chaplain Rev. Don Wiegand
Linda Sturtevant - 06/13/2018
Some people come into our lives and quietly go, others stay a while and leave lasting footprints on our hearts. I will never forget how Bea helped my mom Mary Raso at Scandinavian Assisted Living after my dad passed away. She surely left footprints on my heart. I know she is resting is peace with her Lord and Savior. My condolences to all of her family.✝️
LINDA L PETERS DE LUCA - 06/14/2018
Growing up on Midwood Street, Bea and her family were my neighbors. I remember her always cooking, cleaning and putting her fresh laundry on the line to dry. My sincere sympathy to all. May she rest in peace.
Ruby Hultenius - 06/14/2018
My deepest sympathy for Bea's children. Bea was a blessing to so many. I will always remember our times together when our children were young. We were very close then, like sisters always together for a 'cuppa' (coffee). My memories of our friendship are so dear to me. I am happy to think of Bea as having gone home to be with Tony. Together again.
Elaine Stabile - 06/15/2018
Losing a Mom is never easy. We all come to know the pain.
Thoughts and prayers to all that loved her.
The McNally family - 06/16/2018
So sorry to hear of your mother's death. She was a great neighbor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time
Timothy N Carpenter - 06/16/2018
So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Dennis Bouchard - 06/16/2018
Dear D’Ambra Family. I just heard of your Mother’s passing, and wanted to extend my deepest condolences. I have so many memories of your mom, and how I could drive her crazy with my bike jumping stunts off of the Lawson’s hill on Harmon Avenue. Mary and I were such close childhood friends, and I remember fondly playing tennis with your mom and Helen DiPetrillo. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tom Falcone - 06/17/2018
To Vinny and the D'Ambra family...Jo Ann and I are very sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved Mother. May she rest in eternal peace.
Hi this is from Ed & Judie Desautel - 06/17/2018
To you and your family I know Mom is at peace & out of Pain with God But it still does not take away the pain of us on here on earth all prayers & love !!!!
Patricia Stimpson - 06/18/2018
My prayers are with you and your family at this time of loss. Mrs. D'Ambra was a wonderful woman and a dear friend to me. My life was richer for knowing her and living right across the road for so many years. I enjoyed our visits together and her telling me about when you all lived there in that little house on Harmon Ave. I would enjoy our visits when she'd come to Pop's Place for a bite to eat. She truly enriched my life.