Mary E. Parella

Date of Passing:

October 15, 2019

Parella, Mary E. (Peckham), 89, of Tockwotton Nursing Home, Waterfront Drive, East Providence, died peacefully on October 15, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of Frank J. Parella Jr.

Born in Fall River, MA, a daughter of the late Nina Peckham, she lived in East Providence for 50 years previously residing in Bristol.

Mrs. Parella was a secretary at Roger Williams University for 18 years before retiring in 1985.

Besides her husband of 59 years, she is survived by her children, Frank J. Parella III and his wife Arlene of East Providence, Christopher J. Parella (Retired Chief EPPD) and his wife Nancy of East Providence, Timothy M. Parella and his wife Victoria of Tiverton and Mary Ellen Parella Jessop of East Providence and six grandchildren, Caitlin, Meghan, Victoria, Frank IV, Matthew and Abigail.

A private family service is planned. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Mary’s memory to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Sincerest condolences on Mary’s passing. She was a very lovely person and we remember her fondly and often spoke to her at your home in Bristol and at the furniture store back in the 1970s. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.

  2. Just found out about your Mother’s passing. Our condolences and Prayers are with the Parella family.

  3. We were very sorry hearing of your Mother’s passing. You have our condolences and prayers.

  4. Mary Ellen, my sincere condolences to you and your family. You and your possessed that wonderful bond/ relationship, cherish the memories. She will always be with you still.

  5. My deepest condolences to you my friend Mary Ellen, Dad and your whole family.

  6. Dear Maryellen
    My heartfelt condolences to you my dear and your family.
    I spent many hours having tea with your mom.
    She was a Loving person ,generous person a great listener and super cook.
    Your mom was a dear friend to my mom. May they reunite in the presence of God.
    Anne Ricci

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