Sally Ann Hitchen

Sally Ann (Hay) Hitchen, 74 of Glen Ridge Road Cranston, passed away Wednesday September 26th at home after a long illness with her loving family at her side. Her husband Ronald, her daughters Debbie and Janice, granddaughter Mackenzie and her sister Ann, held her hands as she passed peacefully into the hands of God but not before her other grandchildren Taylor, Michaela and Jason spoke their loving words to her (being out of state at the time).

She was the daughter of the late Adelbert and Mary (Coffey) Hay. She was born on August 24, 1944 the oldest of 6 children and was raised in Edgewood, Rhode Island. She graduated from Cranston High School East and attended CCRI. She was so very happily married to Ronald J. Hitchen, her high school sweetheart, soul mate, best friend and the love of her life for 54 years. They married on May 2, 1964 and built their life in Cranston and in later years they enjoyed living part time in Haines City, Florida. She also spent much of her childhood at Roy Carpenter’s Beach community as her family owned a cottage there. She loved it so much that she and her husband purchased their own cottage spending time with family and especially her grandchildren. Sally loved her children and although she was a dental assistant and office manager for 25 years she never missed the opportunity to be involved with their activities. She was a room parent and was on the PTA. She was a scout leader for many years and was involved with St. Matthews CYO for many years. Her home had an open door policy with kids and teenagers passing in and out for the safe place to hang out. You would see her in the kitchen making pizza and snacks for everyone. She hosted countless holiday celebrations. She was the person people went to when they needed to talk or ask for advice. She was the best listener and had a shoulder for everyone. She was a friend to all. One of the other great joys of her life was her 4 grandchildren. You could often hear her bragging because she was so proud of them. Even though she had a long and debilitating illness she always had a smile and kind words for everyone who crossed her path. If you looked hard enough you could see the halo over her head.

Sally who was preceded in death by her parents Adelbert and Mary (Coffey) Hay, leaves behind her loving Husband Ronald J. Hitchen, daughter Deborah Culmone and her husband Steven and their 2 Children Taylor and Jason, daughter Janice Canning and her husband Mark and their 2 children Michaela and Mackenzie. Sally was also the sister of Elizabeth (Hay) Sahagian, Stephen Hay, Ann Marie Hay (her best friend), Barbara (Hay) Boccanfuso and the late Robert Hay. Sally also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 8:30am from The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul Church Cranston at 10:00am. Burial will follow in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery North Kingstown. Visitation hours will be held on Monday from 4:00-7:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations in Sally's name be made to

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MATTHEW SMITH - 09/28/2018

My thoughts and prayers are with Sally, Ron, Deborah, Janice and the entire family. A great woman who lived life to its fullest. RIP my "second" mother. Peace and Love. Matt

John Curran - 09/29/2018

Ann and family, I am sorry for the loss of your sister.

Karen and Leigh Johnson - 09/29/2018

God bless you all and give you peace 🙏🏼❤️

Phyllis Zito - 09/29/2018

So sorry to hear of your wife's passing. May the memories you shared with her bring you comfort. God be with you.

Jean Manocchia - 09/29/2018

Dear Ron, Debbie and Janice,
My heart goes out to you in the loss of your wife and mother. Sally was a wonderful person who fought the good fight for so long. Her heart, her positive attitude and perseverance in such difficult circumstances is certainly something for all of us to admire and learn from . What a powerful legacy. My deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of Sally.

Peggy Grant - 09/29/2018

Janice and family
I’m so sorry for your loss of your mother. May your many memories of your mom help to sustain you at this difficult time.

Robert Taylor - 09/29/2018

Sorry for your lost Ron.

Ed And Carolyn Lannon - 09/29/2018

We have so many fond memories about Sally, Ron, Debbie and Janie. Our children grew up together and Sally was always so much fun.
Our sincere condolences go out to Ron and the girls.

Patricia Inman - 09/29/2018

I am so sorry, Ron, Debbie, and Janice. Your mom was a wonderful woman, and I know she was proud of you and your children.

Janet (Bruckshaw ) Carroll - 09/29/2018

Ron and Family,
So sorry to hear about Sally. I will always remember her at the community pump in the front field at the beach.

Ed and Jo-Anne Marrapese - 09/29/2018

Sorry to hear about Sally. Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to Ron and the rest of the family.

Richard E Gallo (CPD RETIRED) - 09/29/2018

Ron and Family,
Ron sorry for the lost of your wife Sally. Their is not doubt she was in good hand's during her illness, with you watching over her and caring for her. Sally is at peace now.

Ed & Jane Kearney - 09/29/2018

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Ron. She was a great lady, and loved by all who knew her.

Mr. & Mrs. George Hoyle - 09/29/2018

Ron and Family:
Our sincerest Condolences to you all for your loss .

Roberta Houston Anderson - 09/29/2018

My deepest sympathy to the Hay/ Hitchen family... Sally was my playmate on Norwood Avenue before we went off to elementary school. Bobby was my brother's playmate...we were young, we had fun and were happy. I hope Sally is enjoying eternal happiness now. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dolores DiMeo Carroll - 09/29/2018

Dear Ron and family, I am hurting for you and with you... Sally was always there for me....a true friend..
May she rest in peace...

Tom Tillson (retired CPD) - 09/30/2018

Diana and I offer our deepes sympathy to you and you family.

Jack McMahon - 09/30/2018

Ron and family,
So sorry to hear of Sally's passing. I know how close to each other you were for these many years. I'll be intouch.

Cranston Police Department Retiree Association (CP - 09/30/2018

Dear Ron, Debbie and Janice,
On behalf of the Cranston Police Department Retiree Association, please accept our sincere condolences, and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Our deepest sympathy,

Peter J. Sepe, President

jim and lauren mansolillo - 09/30/2018

our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Cliff Mathewson - 10/01/2018

Sorry for your loss Ron

Keith Kern and Carol - 10/01/2018

Ron: Please accept our condolence in the loss of Sally.

Carl Johnson - 10/01/2018

From Broad St. to Heaven, God gave you a wonderful driver for the journey. Though you miss her now, you should have hope that you will see her again, in a place where God will take away all your troubles. (No, I am not talking about Broad St.)
Be grateful to the one who gave her to you.
May God bless you,
Carl Johnson

gail antonucci - 10/02/2018

I’m greatful for our 50 year friendship. We made many great memories. Sally was the most courageous person I have ever known. She will be dearly missed. Rest In Peace my friend,I know you are walking on the clouds with the Angels. Love, Gail

Nancy Sepe (Massimino) - 10/02/2018

Dear Mr. Hitchen, Debbie, Janice & family - I was very sad to see this obituary. I have such fond memories of Mrs. Hitchen as my Girl Scout leader. May your family be blessed with God's peace at this sad time. My prayers are with you.
With sympathy, Nancy Sepe

Tim, Colleen, Lily and Wil Chace - 10/03/2018

Dear Ron, Janice and Debbie,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God bless you and your family at this difficult time.

Our deepest sympathy,
The Chace Family

Linda and Web Goodwin - 10/04/2018

Ron and family:
Our sincere sympathy for your loss.
Fondly, Linda and Web

Janice (Kent Hospital) - 10/06/2018

Just heard today about the passing of Sally. So sorry She was a wonderful lady you all are in my prayers Janice

Gail A Hogan - 10/09/2018

Dear Ron, Debbie, Janice & Family,
I just learned of your loss. I am sincerely sorry and send my deepest condolences and love to you all! God’s choicest blessing to all!

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