Ethel M. MacQuarrie

Date of Passing:

July 20, 2021

Ethel M. MacQuarrie (Foley), 92, of Warren, RI and formerly of Barrington, RI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Born on October 7, 1928 in Dennis, MA, Ethel was the daughter of Charles and Mary Foley. She had fond memories of growing up on the Cape with her twin brother, Oren, and her sister, Irene. Ethel was the great-great-granddaughter of Asa Shiverick, founder of the noted Shiverick Shipyard in East Dennis, MA in the early 1800’s.

Ethel and J. Conrad MacQuarrie were married in Boston, MA in 1964. They enjoyed 35 happy years together raising a family, traveling, golfing, and spending time with their many friends.

Ethel was a longtime member of Rhode Island Country Club and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Barrington. She fully embraced a competitive game of bridge, a friendly golf match, and cheering on the Red Sox and Patriots.

She was a devoted wife, a loving and supportive mother and grandmother, and a steadfast friend.

She is predeceased by her husband, J. Conrad MacQuarrie, her daughter, Lisa Irene Ryland (John), her brother, Oren Shiverick Foley, and her sister, Irene Louise Foley. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Helen Hobson (Benjamin) of Basking Ridge, NJ, and five beloved grandchildren: Timothy Ballard Ryland, Abigail Shiverick (Ryland) Mercer (Alex), John MacQuarrie Hobson, Wesley Gale Hobson, and Eleanor Louise Hobson.

A funeral service in memory of Ethel will be held on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 191 County Road, Barrington, RI.

A private burial will be held at the Forest Chapel Cemetery, Nayatt Road, Barrington, RI.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ethel’s name may be sent to HopeHealth Hospice, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904, or The Dennis Historical Society, P.O. Box 607, South Dennis, MA 02660.

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  1. Dear Susan,

    I was just thinking of your Mom and was saddened to learn that she has passed.

    She was such a wonderful person and a dear, dear friend of my Mom, Louise Schlee. I admired her strength during difficult times and remember her grace and class. I will let my brother, David, know. I know he would join me in remembering her fondly.

    She spoke often of her family …you, your late sister…and her beloved grandchildren. She loved you all so much.

    Sending my since condolences to you and your family…especially during this first holiday season without your Mom.

    May she Rest In Peace with the Angels and may you always cherish precious memories of her.

    Debbie Schlee

  2. Susan
    I am so sorry, I just found out about your mom passing. I think Mrs. Stamoulis said it best at how strong your mother was, always so gracious. I have many fond memories with you, your dad, Lisa and your mom. I will have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    We have lived in Barrington for the past 5 years and I would run into her with all her friends at Tavinos or other restaurants and we would pick up where we left off. She was an amazing person.

  3. Dear Susan,

    I am so sorry for your loss. It was always a pleasure to see your mom around town…forever gracious and kind. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  4. Susan and family, Abby, and Tim,

    Effie was one of the best. I’m so glad our family got to know and spend time with her.

    Thinking of you all,
    Kelly & Bill Bennis

  5. Susan, Abby and Tim- thinking of you and your families right now. So glad that you had your “Effie” as long as you did.

    She was such a Lady.

    Sincerely, Bonnie and Tim Nobiling

  6. Dear Susan, I watched your mom as she went through suffering with Susan. She was remarkable, we all enjoyed dinners on Friday nites with Ethel. My condolences to you and the family.Ronnie Whittle

  7. Dearest Susan,
    Once again I need to share that your Mom was one of the strongest woman I have known. In her journey, she experienced some of life’s greatest challenges, losing a husband and a daughter, and her own health issues. Never a complaint, always grateful and always with grace.
    Watching you care for your mother I see the same qualities.
    May you find peace in all the great memories of a life lived well.
    Much love.

  8. Dear Susan…. My heartfelt sympathy to your entire family. Ethel was a wonderful and gracious lady and she will be sorely missed by all those who knew her ….
    God Bless

    Paula Migliaccio

  9. Dear Susan: I have fond memories of bridge games with Ethel. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Lisbeth Herbst

  10. ?dear Susan ..
    Thinking of You and your family .. I mostly remember your Mom’s kind spirit. What a gift to live 92 years .. God Bless..
    Val and Joe Burke

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