Marilyn Feick Greenwell

Date of Passing:

December 9, 2022

Greenwell, Marilyn Feick, 89, of Argyle Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on December 9, 2022, surrounded by family at the home of her daughter. She was the loving wife of the late Charles B. (Dick) Greenwell.

Born on December 27, 1932 in South Bend, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Ruth (Godfrey) Feick, and had resided in Barrington for over 50 years. She attended Rosary College (now Dominican University) in Chicago, and was a 1954 graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where she was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. She worked briefly in advertising while living in Chicago following her 1957 marriage. She retired from Rhode Island Hospital in 1994 where she had worked as an administrative assistant in the Department of Psychiatry for over 20 years.

Marilyn was a long term volunteer at Blithewold Mansion and Gardens in Bristol, where she coordinated musicians for the Christmas season, gave tours, and helped in the office. Taking her grandchildren to Blithewold was a special time for her. She loved gardening, the beach, and reading, especially historical fiction set in England. She and Dick enjoyed traveling in their retirement and England was a favorite destination. They regularly played bridge with special friends for over forty years. Most of all Marilyn loved being with her family.

She is survived by her two daughters, Ellen Franklin and her husband Haswell of Baltimore, MD, and Nancy Ryan and her husband Kevin of Barrington. The joy of her life was being Gigi to her seven beloved grandchildren who also survive her: Jack Ryan and his fiancée Jenna, Leslie Franklin, Mac Franklin, Haley Ryan, Luke Franklin, Libby Ryan, and Drew Franklin. She was the sister of Donald Feick of Roanoke, VA. She is also fondly remembered by her devoted Angels: Alexis, Pam, Kandy, and Philomene.

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 from 7:30 AM – 8:45 AM at the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside, followed by a Mass at 10 AM at St. Luke’s Church on Washington Road in Barrington. Burial will be in Forest Chapel Cemetery on Nayatt Road in Barrington. Contributions may be made in Mrs. Greenwell’s memory to Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum, 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809.

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  1. Ellen, Nancy and families,
    Our family has been thinking of you this week and remembering the friendship that started so many years ago. It’s a rare and wonderful thing to have such strong and lasting relationships like our parents have had. It meant so much when your Mom made the trip to Vermont for my parents’ 60th anniversary!
    My deepest sympathy. She will be missed.

  2. Ellen, Nancy and all of your families,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Although I never had the privilege of meeting your Mom in person, I know from hearing about her and seeing such beautiful pictures of her what a truly lovely person she was. May you be comforted by your many memories of her.

  3. Ellen and Family: So sorry for your loss. May her memories bring you comfort.

  4. My deepest sympathies to the Ryan family. So many special memories are filled with Gigi! Wishing you all a sense of peace and comfort as you gather to remember and celebrate her, and the very special impact she will continue to have on you all.

  5. Ellen, so sorry to hear of your moms passing. Such a beautiful women, and a wonderful long life! I’m sure you all have so many lovely memories. Treasure them! Thinking of you! 💕

  6. Ellen and family
    So sorry for the loss of your mom. I loved when you shared stories about times shared together. I pray that you will find peace and comfort from those stories and memories. Hugs

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