Deborah Lee Gonsalves

Date of Passing:

September 28, 2021

Deborah Lee (Augustus) Gonsalves, “Debbie” 65, of Woodbury Road, Cranston died peacefully on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Howard D. Augustus Sr. and Beatrice M. (Davis) Augustus.

She was a graduate of Cranston East High School, Cranston. Debbie worked for the State of Rhode Island as an institutional attendant at the former IMH now known as the Eleanor Slater Hospital, Cranston. She retired in 2019.

She then went on to work for the Cranston School Department.

She was a member of the former Calvary Covenant Church in Cranston.

Debbie took pleasure in the arts by enjoying both music and drawing. A few of her favorite hobbies/activities were gardening, crocheting and cooking. She also enjoyed spending time at the beach and was a known animal lover. She will be remembered as a sweet, kind and generous person that always put others first. She was often described as a “Social Butterfly” with an uplifting spirit.

She is survived by two daughters, Monica L. DePina and her husband Aristoteles of Cranston, RI, Stephanie Gonsalves of Los Angles, CA, one son, Raymond Mckendall and his husband Leo of Topsfield, ME, four sisters, Karen L. Sivels and her husband William of Norfolk, VA, Barbara A. Augustus Johnson and her husband Michael of Sherman Oaks, CA, Sheila M. Kankam and her husband McDonald of Pawtucket, RI, Paula Riser and her husband Regal of Los Angels, CA, one brother, Steven M. Augustus of Cranston, RI, a grandson James R. Anderson III, a granddaughter, Amelia L. DePina, an aunt Irena Brannon Davis of Atlanta, GA and Several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was the sister of the late Howard D. Augustus Jr., Bryan Augustus, Paul Augustus and Brenda Gonsalves. She was the former wife of the late Raymond Gonsalves.

A Memorial Service will be held in her honor on Saturday October 2, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside.

Online Condolences


  1. Sending prayers and love to Debbie loved ones. May she Rest In Heaven

  2. Monica, Raymond Jr, and Stephanie,
    We were sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort in memories and strength in each other’s love throughout this very difficult time.

  3. So Sorry for your Loss.

  4. So Sorry for your Loss. Sending Hugs and Prayers to All of Debbie’s Family. Such a Sweet Person. May she RIP

  5. Dearest Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of our loved one and my sweet cousin!

    May God give you His peace, love, strength, and grace to heal your broken hearts during this difficult time. We know that Debbie is in a better place. God bless you all??♥️

  6. My last memory of Debbie was as a young mother with a baby Monica. Deb, to me, was a beautiful young Augustus woman, and although our paths did not cross again, she will be remembered as a person to follow more closely than I was able to. Sincere condolences to the family. Aunt Lucille

  7. May Debbie rest in love and peace. My family is keeping your family in our prayers. Wishing you all comfort at this difficult time.

  8. Our family is sorry to hear of the loss of Auntie Debbie. She is loved and will be missed greatly. Our condolences to her children Monica, Stephanie, Raymond and to the entire family.

  9. Monica, Stephanie , Raymond, Jr and Family. Sorry for your loss. We will miss Deb. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. May God comfort & help you through these times.

    Charlie & Kelley Thomas.

  10. Dear Family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of the “comedienne” as Nana used to call Debbie. Her renditions of “Peeping Thomasina” kept her parents, siblings, cousins and Nana in stitches. I remember her as my cool and brave cousin as we grew up. I looked up to her.
    I know her children will remember her as a light hearted wonderful woman. I miss her.

    Love and Prayers to strengthen all of you,
    Cousin Patty Davis

  11. My Deepest Condolences Stephanie. Mom Will Always be By Your Side.
    Just Look for The Signs. We Lost A Beautiful Lady. Rest in Peace Debbie

  12. Love and prayers for the loss of my cousin, Debbie. May loving thoughts bring peace, strength, and comfort for her family.

  13. Auntie Debbie,
    There will never be words that can properly explain what you mean to me and my children you where a mother friend and confidant to me you gave me confidence, courage and drive you pushed me and encouraged me my heart is heavy but I know you are in great company please kiss my Daddy for me until I can hug you both again…..I love you and take peace in our time together our bond, love and appreciation for each other❤️

  14. I’m gone to miss you deb deb…I’m so glad we met were the true meaning of an amazing friend..I’ll always cherish the memories we made..and to debbie’s children..Monica, Stephanie and raymond..and to debbie’s extended family ..god bless you all..

  15. The sweet and sour of missing a loved one, when that person has left us with lived memories and has passed on through death , HOME.

  16. Debbie you were a very sweet and loving person to have known through the years.
    I will remember you with fondness and love always.
    RIP with the Angels.


  17. Dear Family,

    Debbie will always be remembered as a jolly and fun loving person who I had the honor of knowing since our childhood days. Our two families were like one and I’m sure she is with them and God bringing smiles to their faces once again.

    Love you Deb & family and I promise you that I will continue to smile whenever I think of you because of your ever lasting loving affect. Key Oh Key!!!

  18. Dear family my most sincere condolences to you all. So sorry to hear about the loss of my dear cousin. My prayers are with you. May the Good Lord give you comfort and peace.

  19. I’m very sorry to hear about Debbie’s passing. To Debbie’s family and friends please accept my condolences. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, may she rest in peace.

  20. You will be sadly missed and loved by all of us ?

  21. My beautiful cousin will be missed by many. My condolences to all of our extended family & many friends.

  22. Sorry for the loss of my cousin and my prayers and blessings for her beautiful children and siblings,I will always remember her smile and whimsical ways RIP loved one

  23. David & I send our deepest condolences..prayers..& peaceful thoughts to the family…Debbie was indeed a blessing…love & hugs to the family..??

  24. I am so sorry for the loss of Aunt Debbie. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time.

  25. To Monica, Stephanie, and Raymond,sorry for your loss,she is out of pain now stay strong@

  26. Auntie Debbie,

    We love and miss you dearly. knowing one day we will be reunited with you in Christ Jesus and our Heavenly Father. May the race you ran be to The Glory Of God, Amen.

  27. To the family of Debbie Gonsalves..she is no longer present in physical form..but will always be present in spirit of the heart.. our heart felt sympathy to all of you…

  28. My heart goes out to all her family, ! She will always be remembered as the fun camp counselor at the aubun center . Always ready with a big hug and her beautiful smile. May She be now in the arms of the Lord . Rest in peace sweet Deborah!

  29. To all of Debbie, family I am sorry to read of her passing.A special friend from the days of growing up in the Auburn neighborhood of our youth.RIP Debbie. Rick

  30. Debbie you will be missed and remembered by everyone that knew and loved you, like you loved all of us. My heart is heavy with sorrow that your are gone, but I know your in a better place now, and will be watching over us from your kingdom in Heaven. My deepest sympathy go out to her children and family.

  31. Sorry for your loss ray stay strong and positive she’s now with god much love ?

  32. Monica,Stephanine,and Raymond, Jr and Family…Sorry for your loss…she is no longer in pain…she may no longer be with you….but her memories will live on forever…may she RIP

  33. Karen and Barbara, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *