Karen F. Keith

Karen F. Keith (Ricci) 77, of Cranston, peacefully passed away with family by her side on Wednesday March 13, 2019.

She was born in Westbrook, Maine on March 21, 1941 to the late William and Helen (Murphy) Keith.

Growing up with five sisters (Roberta, Nancy, Jeannine, Audrey, Vicky) and brother William, our mom enjoyed playing kick the can and baseball. She was married to our late father Edwin J. Ricci. Sr living in Maine before settling in Rhode Island in the late 60's. She was a stay at home mother, who did her best with 6 "well behaved" children. Actually, don't know how she did it as we weren't the easiest bunch. She completed her GED when we were older and attended college which helped as she joined the work force. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by daughters; Catherine Campanile, Audrey Amadio and son in-law William Amadio, Rebecca Mendonca, sons; David Ricci and daughter in-law Mary, Michael Ricci all from Cranston, along with son Edwin Ricci from Londonderry, New Hampshire; sisters Roberta Morse of Scarborough Maine, Nancy Merry of Gorham, Maine and sister in law Beverly Keith of Gorham, Maine. She also leaves behind 12 grandchildren who she referred to as her pumpkin heads; Anthony Campanile, Alyssa Holland (Campanile), Joseph Campanile, William Amadio, Adriana Amadio, Sean Butler, Sean Mendonca, Maya Mendonca, David Ricci Jr, Jennifer Ricci, Tonya Ricci and Gianna Ricci and 7 great grandchildren; David J. Ricci, Tyler Butler, Cayden Ricci, Robert Reynolds, Amara Reynolds, Oliver Phillips, and Aria Campanile.

We will miss her laughter and jokes, but we all have fond memories that will last a life time.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday March 20th at 11:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Service beginning at 10:00am.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island at www.hopehospiceri.org.

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David - 03/15/2019

Mom I still can't bring myself to realize the fact you're gone. I'll miss coming to see you and just watch TV with you. I wish this was all just a bad dream,but I know it's not. No more pain for you and now you can really rest in peace. Love you always.

David Canton - 03/16/2019

To Cathy, Audrey ,Becky , Ed, David and Mike. Sorry to hear about your Mom. Seems like yesterday when we all lived on Richard St hanging out and of course being perfect angels on Friday and Saturday nights while you’re Mom was out. I remember your Mom as a good person and yes you don’t realize it then but I’m sure it was not easy raising 6 kids. I’m sure she did her best and I know you all appreciate her for it. May she rest in peace and I hope the great memories continue to live on with you

Gwen Ricci and Uncle Ben - 03/16/2019

Keep the memories alive:


Just close your eyes and you will see all the memories you have of me
Just sit and relax and you will find I’m really still there inside your mind

Don’t cry for me now that I’m gone For now I’m in the land of song
There is no pain , there is no fear so dry away that silent tear

Don’t think of me in the dark and cold for here I am is no longer old
I’m in that place that’s filled with love, known to you all as “ up above”

My deepest sympathy, love nd prayers to all of you. Aunt Gwen

Dolores Daley - 03/16/2019

I will always have the fondest memories of you.You always made us laugh and I had never watched someone spend hours eating two lobsters but it became a ritual for us,and I love that memory about you.You will be missed and forever loved! My condolences to the entire family.

Beth & Ray Norberg - 03/18/2019

Audrey, Becky and family.......so sorry to read of your Mom's passing. You both and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. Memories are everything. Hang on tight to them. God Bless you all during this difficult time.

Mary Matta - 03/18/2019

Dave, Mary and family. I was so sorry to hear that your mom had passed.. There is nothing more painful than losing a mother. She is the one we feel closest to, having that attachment where she carried each of you in her womb closest to her heart. Her love and nurturing make you who you are.
Your mom was a very special woman, she adored her children, grand children and great-great grand children. She never had a bad word, she had a special kindness about her and a wonderful personality. She will be missed.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers, especially through these darkest days ahead. Much love.

John O'Leary - 03/18/2019

Please accept my condolences on the passing of your dear mother and grandmother. I am so sorry for the loss. My thoughts and prayers are with her and you at this sad time.

Debbie [ Cunningham] Lynch - 03/19/2019

Just want tell all the family and friends. , How sorry i am for your loss. I remember when i was little . How she welcomed me into her home and would feed me. whether i wanted it or not.I would say no thank you. But you did not say no to her. She was like a mom to all my family. I will miss her dearly. and to all her family my heart goes out to you all . Just know if you need an ear or a shoulder. my will always be there for you.

Tommy Curiale - 03/19/2019

My heartfelt condolences to all of the Ricci and Keith Families.. Aunt Karen was always a blast be around. Her and Mom together kept us laughing and happy. Much love..

wally cunningham - 03/20/2019

eddy Cathy Audrey Becky David and Mike sorry to hear your mom passed away she was a great and beautiful woman I have great memories thru the years

Dave - 03/21/2019

Happy birthday mom

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