Melissa L. DeCarvalho
Melissa Lee DeCarvalho 37, of Post Road Warwick passed away peacefully on March 14th at Home Hospice of Rhode Island after battling breast cancer for the past two and a half years.
She was employed by the State of Rhode Island as a DCYF social worker II and worked part time at BridgeMark as a substance abuse counselor. Melissa was the companion of John Darigan. She was born on September 6, 1981 in Providence to parents Jose DeCarvalho and Bethany Jones. Melissa grew up in the city of Providence, mostly residing in Federal Hill as a child and late teenager. Melissa was a graduate of The Community College of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College graduating in May 2011 with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.
Besides her companion and parents, she is survived by her dog Nikko, who was like her son, brothers Joseph Decarvalho and Michael DeCarvalho, sister Shelia DiBenedetto, cousin and lifelong best friend Melonie DiMartino, nieces and nephews, Elizabeth, Caleb, Makaila (Kay), Brianna"Doopa", Logan "Logie Bear", Jovannie, Santiago, Ava, Lorenzo, Avantea, and Amire. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Melissa loved spending time with her friends and family, especially all of her nieces and nephews. Melissa had a passion for helping people and absolutely loved her job as a social worker and drug counselor. She worked countless hours and always said “it doesn’t seem like work, when you love what you do”. Melissa always cared for everyone and was such a loving soul. She was the most generous person, and would go out of her way to help anyone.
Melissa loved music, watching her crime investigation shows, and we can’t forget about her soap opera “Days of our lives”. Melissa found joy in the little things like countless trips to Wal-Mart, and shopping at the mall. Melissa always had her nails done, and enjoyed going out to eat at some of her local favorites: Kings Garden, Twin Oaks, Meritage, and Uncle Tony’s pizza and pasta to name a few. She loved traveling to Georgia and taking cruises to the Caribbean Islands.
Visitation will be held on Sunday March 17th from 2:00-5:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 5:00. In lieu of flowers donations to the Lifespan Cancer Center would be appreciated. https://giving.lifespan.org/LCI.
Alison Levin - 03/15/2019
Rest in peace my sweet friend💗💗
Life won't be the same without you,
I will cherish our memories until we meet again💗💗💗
Liz - 03/15/2019
I only met you a few times but you seemed a like a great person. I know heaven got another angel . You made the world a better place. May g-d hold your family in his hands . Just Rest In Peace. Til we meet again.
Michelle, Barbara, Amy - 03/15/2019
Rest in peace. Wonderful soul. Gone to soon
Sheila D - 03/15/2019
Love and miss you dearly. You’re such a wonderful person and were always positive, I aspire to be the woman you were each and everyday. May you rest in peace. Til we meet again “sissa” ❤️
Mike B - 03/15/2019
Rest in Peace. you were a beautiful person with a beautiful soul.
Karen Pepper - 03/16/2019
Melissa you were one of the sweetest, caring, selfless, strongest people I know. I was blessed to have known you growing up in federal hill. You blessed everyone you came across. Until we meet again. Fly high
Sharon M - 03/16/2019
My favorite memories of our time working together are when we laughed to get through the stressful moments. Your kind heart, caring soul, and unending drive to help others with a smile was inspirational. We will miss you here but I pray your spirit soars in heaven and provides comfort to those who love you dearly.
Alex - 03/16/2019
Rest in pain free peace my friend. Until we meet again💞💞💞💔
Michele sullivan - 03/16/2019
Mellissa you were the strongest person I know you were a love care person and my best friend miss you fly high with the angel
Tracy Chappell - 03/16/2019
Rest in Peace Missy. God has another beautiful plan for you. I am happy to have met you and call you my friend. I always loved our talks and puppy time together. You were one of the most positive and happiest people I have ever met, even in the end. I love you my friend. Until we are together again....for an eternity.
Maria Dono - 03/16/2019
My sweet niece life won't be the same without you rest in peace until we meet again.😥😭😢💔❤
Uncles Chris & Paul - 03/16/2019
We will always love and remember you. You were a pleasure to know and such an inspiration to so many people on the correct way to live your life. You were such a fighter and never gave up on life. You were there for so many others. Its extremely rare to find someone like you on this earth.
You are in a place now where you will never feel alone, in a state of bliss and joy.
May you always rest in Eternal Enlightenment.
Sinelly Diaz - 03/16/2019
Rest in Peace Melissa . It was my privilege to have known you.
Rigo Gomez - 03/16/2019
Your smile was contagious and your sense of humor was dope. You had such an amazing heart . It was a pleasure knowing you! May your beautiful soul Rest In Peace.
Edythe M - 03/16/2019
Rest in peace Melissa
Johanna Koundrakas - 03/16/2019
You were not like any other worker. When I met you me and my family were going through some challenging times. I remember you met my son mavrik and heard about his medical issues and you showed so much care like if he was your family. You never judged me or my kids even when we were having issues with the court. You always said I reminded you of your mom and it was not easy. The last time I seen you was a week before Christmas. I hugged you at the door and I felt such emotion. I did not know it would been the last time. I love you Mellissa you were so strong I’ll never forget you.
Carol Anne Metzler - 03/16/2019
Melissa, you were one of the kindest, gentlest, sweetest people I have ever had the pleasure to know. Your kind spirit and generous soul touched so many. You are always a positive, upbeat person despite your battle . You loved with all of your heart and we’re an inspiration to so many. You will be missed . My most sincere condolences to your family and friends. We lost a beautiful light in this world . Sing with the angels beautiful girl.
Night Cha - 03/17/2019
You left a life well lived. And left imprints in all of our hearts.
I will always remember your laughter.
Rest your soul my sweet friend.
Joseph Oliveira - 03/17/2019
Melissa you were the strongest most positive friend I’ve ever had . I don’t know what he has planned for you but being taken away from us was not part of our plan . Rest in peace my friend
Margaret - 03/17/2019
It was such a blessing to have you in my life. We quickly became friends! I will miss you so much. Thank you for trusting us to care for you! You will always be in my heart!
Wanda - 03/17/2019
You were simply a one of a kind friend and I feel so blessed to have had the pleasure of knowing you for all of these years. You will forever have a place in my heart my dear friend. Rest In Peace Chica
Carl Desjarlais - 03/17/2019
Melissa was an inspiration to everyone. She was a caring, sincere and strong person. She remained stoic throughout her difficult battle, and I reflect upon her with great admiration and respect. She will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers to her family.
William Tavarez - 03/17/2019
You made such a huge impact on me. You came into my life at a time when I didn’t know what the future held for me. I will miss you ever so dearly and will always remember you especially when I hear music from Taylor Swift. Thank you for always being honest with me and telling me the truth even if I didn’t want to hear it. Rest In Paradise. Til I see you again. Love and Miss you
Joe L. Smith - 03/18/2019
Bye Melissa...,.R.I.P. God be with you and your family!
Mary Osborne - 03/19/2019
Melissa is an angel who has returned to heaven! I'm glad i met her in this life.
Pauline - 03/26/2019
Always the 'Rock" with a soul so caring may you forever rest in God's Grace.
Deborah Thatch - 03/28/2019
Melissa, working with you at CTR was a wonderful experience. You made my day a little brighter. I will never forget all of our breakfast dates at Eddie's Diner. You were one of a kind: sweet, kind, thoughtful, caring and oh yes feisty! I will hold you in my heart forever. Know that you were always in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace.
Madeline Rosario-Almonte - 03/28/2019
My dear Friend my heart hurts knowing I’m not able to talk to you or FaceTime you .You was such a strong person. You would worried more about your family and your friends before yourself it takes special kind person And that was you.You are now free of pain and worries fly High my friend Your an Angel until we meet again Amen
Janet Adams - 03/29/2019
God Speed my friend. Anyone who knew you is truly blessed. May you rest in peace and fly with the angels. You have earned your wings.
Takeia Collins - 03/29/2019
Melissa, when I heard of your passing it truly hurt my heart. You were an amazing woman with an enormous heart. You cared for the people who were apart of your life. I wish I found out about your passing sooner so I could have been apart of your service. You will be missed.. Love you angel above