Avis B. Duarte

Date of Passing:

May 16, 2023

Duarte, Avis B., 90, of Thurston Street, East Providence, died peacefully on May 16, 2023. She was the beloved wife of the late Eugene Duarte.

Born in East Providence, a daughter of the late Emile and Signe (Johnson) Perreault, she was a lifelong resident of East Providence.

Mrs. Duarte was a communicant of St. Brendan Church.

Avis’s greatest joy was being a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed reading, bowling, crocheting, bingo and watching the Red Sox.

She is survived by five sons, Stephen E. Duarte of Arlington, VA, Thomas J. Duarte and his wife Kristina of Riverside, Paul R. Duarte and his wife Susan of Riverside, Eugene J. Duarte and his wife Karen of Avon, CT and John J. Duarte and his wife Donna of Preston, CT; five daughters, Susan J. Walsh of Riverside, Mary D. Avery and her husband Henry of Mattapoisett, MA, Melissa A. Phillips and her husband Wayne of Riverside, Diane M. Wetmore and her husband John of Riverside and Pamela S. Souza and her husband Adam of Middletown; twenty five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; a brother, James Perreault of Naples, FL. She was the mother of the late Michael Duarte; sister of the late Emile, Arthur and Earl Perreault; grandmother of the late Jeffrey Walsh and mother-in-law of the late Jane Hammitt.

Her Funeral will be held on Monday May 22, 2023 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 10:15 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue Riverside at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling Hours are Sunday from 3-7p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Avis’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or a charity of your choice would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. To the Duarte children , I’m so sorry for your loss, I’m just hearing this now . God Bless you all

  2. Auntie Avis! I’m so sad to hear of Avis’s passing. Every memory of her from my childhood is filled with her giant smile and twinkling eyes. She was an amazing mother – always so calm and loving. My thoughts and prayers go out to Stephen, Tommy, Susan, Paul – all the Duarte family. She was a great woman I’m so proud to have known. Sending love.

  3. To the family of Avid Duarte: Heartfelt condolences. Love from Audrey (Sprague) and Janet (Nichols) Perreault.

  4. Diane, I extend my deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother.

    Sincerely, Bob Korkuc

  5. So sorry to hear Your Mom had passed on. A very special Friend to my Mom and Our Family for oh so many years. Our thoughts and Prayers to all of You at this tough time.

  6. Our condolences to all of you. Avis was a very special person and may she Rest In Peace. We will hold many fond memories of her for sure. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Mrs Louise Stone and daughter Barbara Batz

  7. Our deepest condolences to the entire Duarte family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will always have the memory of my mom and her wonderful friend Avis enjoying a coffee and shooting the breeze each morning on my mom’s porch.
    Love to you all.
    Rest In Peace Mrs Duarte

  8. My condolences to the Duarte family. Mrs. Duarte was a lovely lady with a great smile and disposition. I have very nice memories of her.

  9. Our sincere sympathy to John, Donna, Sophia and Ella on the loss of your mother/grandmother. Condolences to the entire Duarte family.

  10. Sue and Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a loved one. I send you my prayers and hope that with the love of God and your friends, it will make it easier.
    Rebecca StVincent

  11. Dear Duarte Cousins,
    Aunt Avis will always hold a place of honor in our hearts and our memories. She was such a special woman and a beautiful person. I wish I had one tiny bit of her patience and calmness. Such a role model. My deepest condolences to each of you. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Mary Jane, Greg, Maris, Claire and Matthew Winslow

  12. My sincere condolences to the Duarte family. Avis was a sweet and kind lady. So very sorry for your loss. I am Laura Rego’s cousin and knew your mom from Laura.

  13. To the Duarte family from the Fournier family, our sincere condolences on the passing of your mom. She was a beautiful woman and a wonderful friend to our mom. She and ‘Sister Raquel’ are having a cup and talking about all us kids for sure!
    Prayers and love to all of you.

  14. Dear Steve and all your family, You have our deepest sympathies. Losing a parent is always hard. And just before Marky’s wedding makes it more complicated. You will be in our thoughts.
    Debbie and Rich Rosse

  15. Our condolences to the family….

  16. Dear Diane and Melissa, Please accept my deepest condolences for the

    passing of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and also

    your whole family.

  17. Melissa, Diane, John and the rest of the family we were so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. Our hearts go out to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your family!

  18. Melissa, Sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this difficult time.

  19. Hugs and warm thoughts to the Duarte children and grandkids. Avis was my second mom and my home down the road. She was a sweet lady.

  20. Your mom was a wonderful, gentle woman who always welcomed me with a smile. My condolences to all of you, but especially you, Pam. Love, Jane DePasquale

  21. We’re thinking of you all, Duartes and families. Avis was a special woman, and will be missed. Hugs to you all.

  22. Melissa– my thoughts are with you and all of your family.💙

  23. Tom, Melissa, and Diane,Claire and I are very sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Duarte family.

    George and Claire Sarganis

  24. My deepest condolences to the Duarte family, especially Diane. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your mother’s legacy will live on through this beautiful family.

  25. Aunt Honey, you will be missed. Many stories live in about you. Especially with my mother(Shirley) you were her favorite in many ways. Our sincere condolences to everyone. With much love, Becky

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