Barbara Jean Lewis-Olsen

Date of Passing:

July 30, 2021

Barbara Jean Lewis-Olsen, 61, passed away on July 30th, 2021, with her two loving children by her side. Barbara was raised in Riverside, and spent much of her adult life living in Chepachet, returning to East Providence in her later years.

She leaves behind her two children, Jennifer and Thomas, as well as countless other family members and lifelong friends who will miss her dearly. Barbara never met a stranger, and dozens of people referred to her simply as Auntie. She devoted her life to two things: raising her children, and supporting the New England Patriots. A talented stained glass artist, her creations decorate the homes of many who loved her.

Calling hours are Saturday August 7th from 2pm to 4pm at the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home in Riverside. In lieu of flowers, please consider planting something in your own garden to honor Barbara’s love of gardening.

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  1. This brakes my heart… my old good friend.. the fun we had.. best days ever!! Your smile and contagious laugh. Always made me happy.. everyone….I will see you again by friend… rest in peace ✌ ?… so sorry to all of you for your loss… God Bless! Prayers and healing and peace.sent to you all with love..?✌??

  2. My sincere condolences to the family. I have a picture of her holding her nephew Dylan that I will make sure is put in his scrap book. I also have an amazing platter she made for me that will always be so special to me.

  3. I’m very sorry for your loss. Barbara was a wonderful person, With a Contagious smile. She will definitely be missed. Rest peacefully Barbara xo.

  4. I always looked forward to Barbara’s “Good Morning Catherine” when I walked into work at The Groden Network. Barbara, you are missed. May you Rest In Peace

  5. Barbara was a blessed soul.
    I met her at the entrance of the GRODEN NETWORK.
    I could tell instantly that she was very special.
    Her beautiful smile and her positive outlook made everyone feel welcome. She was proud to be part of an organization that was helping so many. I could tell she loved people.
    She will be sadly missed.

  6. It is hard to believe that you are gone. I loved your enthusiasm, your cooking and your love of the Patriots. I will plant something special in my garden in your memory. Condolences to your loved ones. Shine on and thank you for all the joy you spread to us that were fortunate enough to know you. Rest easy.

  7. Barbara was our receptionist at the Cove Center , Providence. I knew she was special the first time I met her. It was her infectious smile and warmth that gave me the feeling she was one of us, even though she had just started working at our center. I looked forward to seeing her every time I opened the door to the reception area. She added a little bit of sunshine to my day. Now she is gone and I miss her.

  8. Much love to Barbara and her family and loved ones. I have many fond memories of Barbara when we were young that I will always keep close – love

  9. Shocked at your passing Barbara you werec so healthy at a service for Pat. So sorry for your family as are all our friends we grew up with.

  10. Barbara I will miss our conversation and a lot of laughing at the family outing. Can’t believe your gone, you were loved by so many people. You will be missed.

  11. Auntie I will miss everything about you, especially your laugh. I hold our memories close to my heart and I am grateful I experienced so much with you. Love you Auntie rest peacefully.

  12. Barbara, my old friend, this leave my heart broken, all the great times we had with our friends and family, me you and Howard always laughing, mostly at ourselves. My gardens will hold a new addition in your honor, rest easy..

  13. Grew up with her in Riverside, have great memories of our younger days. Deepest sympathy to all her family.

  14. My sincere condolences to the Lewis and Olsen families. Barbara was a real sweet lady. May she rest in peace.

  15. We still can’t believe you’re gone! We pray for Tommy & Jennifer and everyone who was lucky enough to have you in their lives. We love you Barbara! Until we see you again

  16. Beautiful Lady inside and out. I will miss our texting back and forth when the Patriots take the field. RIP

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