Barbara J. (Lavin) Porter

Date of Passing:

December 10, 2022

Porter, Barbara J., (Lavin), 77, of Brookhaven Drive, East Providence, died peacefully on December 10, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Roger N. Porter.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Thomas B. Lavin Jr. and Rose (Scott) Lavin, she lived in East Providence for 50 years.

Mrs. Porter was a Secretary at Brown University for 13 years before retiring in 1993. She was also the co-owner and treasurer of the former Lavin’s Marina, Barrington.

Barbara was a communicant of St. Luke Church and a member of the Barrington Women’s Club.

She enjoyed reading, watching television shows, gardening, bible study, arts & crafts, crocheting and solving puzzles.

She is survived by three daughters, Kimberly A. Ascenio of East Providence, Kristine L. Travis of Rumford and Kelly L. Vieira of Rumford; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Robert M. Lavin of Riverside, Paul B. Lavin of North Providence and Rev Bernard C. Lavin of Cumberland; a sister, Maryanne Bender of South Carolina and her devoted dog RJ. She was the sister of the late Thomas S. Lavin.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington on Monday December 19, 2022 at 10 a.m. Calling Hours will be held in the Church from 9-10 a.m. Burial will be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Barbara’s memory to St. Luke Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington, RI 02806 or Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. To Barbara’s Family,
    Mark and I just heard about Barbara’s passing. We are so sorry. We were away and didn’t know. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We had many good times with Narbara at the marina.

  2. May our Lord and Savior welcome home is Faithful and Loving Servant Barbara. My HE hold all of you in HIS LOVING HANDS.

  3. To the entire Lavin family ,
    I am so sorry to hear about the recent passing of Barbara. Many fond memories of her at “ the store” in the marina. A great person who will be missed and remembered by many. May she Rest In Peace. … Y-Worry. 🙏

  4. I like what Hilda said. I remember the holidays were a time of the family gatherings. Remember the love, dedication and keep those memories. Such a hard time but I hope you all find peace from faith and love.
    Christine E.

  5. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Sincerely, Ken and Paula Phillips

  6. To Father Lavin and the Lavin Family,
    My prayerful remembrance of Barbara at Mass during this Advent season. May she rest in the peace that we embrace the Light of this Christmastide.

  7. Im very sorry for your family’s loss 😥🙏❤️of your mother in law. May she rest in heavenly peace

  8. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  9. My deepest condolences to the family. May all good memories comfort you at this difficult time.

  10. To the Lavin family, We would like to offer our deepest condolences on Barbara’s passing. I always enjoyed coffee with her before opening the marina many summer days. She was a great friend.

  11. Kelly my condolences to you and your family may your Mother Rest in Peace . 🙏

  12. God received a beautiful angel . My love sent

  13. Peace to you and your family during this difficult time. Prayers for comfort for you also

  14. May God’s comforting arms wrap around you and your family with peace and beautiful memories.
    Love Hilda

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