Martha E. Gaynor

Date of Passing:

October 16, 2019

Gaynor, Martha E., 59, of Pleasant View Avenue, Greenville, died peacefully on October 16, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Glenn M. Silvia.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Thomas L. and Hope (Maguire) Gaynor, she lived in Greenville since 1987.

Mrs. Gaynor’s career in Respiratory Therapy spanned over 38 years. She was the Director of Respiratory Therapy at the Tavares Pediatric Center in Providence for 14 years before retiring in 2018.

Martha was a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care and the Rhode Island State Society of Respiratory Care. She enjoyed traveling, attending her book club, scrapbooking and spending time with her loving family and friends.

Besides her husband of 36 years, she is survived by a daughter, Sarah A. (Silvia) MacDonald and her husband James of North Providence; a son, Thomas J. Silvia of Warwick; two brothers, Peter T. Gaynor and his wife Susan of Jamestown and Paul J. Gaynor and his wife Karen Ketterer of Dover, MA; sister, Maureen A. Gaynor of Greenville; a niece, Grace Gaynor and three nephews, Samuel, Benjamin and Jack Gaynor.

Calling hours will be held on Monday October 21, 2019 in the
W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, East Providence from 5-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday October 22, 2019 in St. Philip Church, 622 Putnam Pike, Smithfield at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Martha’s memory to the Rhode Island Ovarian Cancer Alliance would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Sarah my thoughts our with you and your family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a ray of sunshine. She will be greatly missed.

  2. Glen and Family, So sorry to hear about Martha’s passing. She will be missed. Jayne Matoian

  3. I was a member of Martha’s book group for many years…a genuinely warm, kind and generous soul with a wonderful sense of humor. She will be missed by so many. Wishing comfort to her family and all those who loved her.

  4. Dear Paul, Karen, Sam, Ben, Jack and the Gaynor Family,

    We are saddened to hear of your loss. I’m grateful to have met Maureen on several occasions. She was an inspiring woman. We will pray for her soul and keep you all in our prayers.

    Love always, Mara, Ilyas, Elijah and Joshua

  5. Martha was one of my mom’s little cousins (my mom was the first of their grandparents’ grandchildren). Just knowing I had her support helped me make it through the loss of my Mom in one piece. Sending so much love from the Western Washington Maguires to Glenn, Sarah, Tom and the whole Gaynor family.

  6. I will always be deeply and profoundly grateful that I met, got to know, and then adopt as my sister, Martha. I will hold her in my heart for all time. Wishing comfort and healing to Glenn, Sarah, and Tom, and to all who are in pain now.

  7. Glenn, Matthew and I are so sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you made over the 36 years carry you through till you meet again.

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