Mary V. Nugent

Date of Passing:

May 23, 2018

Nugent, Mary V., 65, of Middle Street, died unexpectedly on May 23, 2018.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late John J. and Marie E. (Machon) Nugent, she was a lifelong resident of Barrington.

Mary worked at the Head Start Program of East Bay Community Action for 30 years before retiring in 2008. She then worked at Kids Quarters in Barrington before retiring in 2017. She was a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Mary was a graduate of the University of Rhode Island Class of 1974.

Mary was a communicant and Eucharistic Minister at St. Luke Church. She enjoyed traveling, spending time with her loving family and was a devoted caregiver.

She is survived by two brothers, Russell C. Nugent of Barrington and John J. Nugent and his wife Peggy of Smithfield; a nephew, Patrick Nugent and a niece, Allison Nugent.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington on Tuesday May 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Calling hours and flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Mary’s memory to St. Luke Church, 108 Washington Road, Barrington, R.I. 02806 would be deeply appreciated.

Online Condolences


  1. Dear Nugent family. I was away when I heard about the passing of Mary. I have fond memories of her. I want to offer sympathy from my entire family who did not know of her passing.We would have been there for you as you have always been there for us.

  2. I am so saddened by the passing of Mary
    I have many happy memories of working with Mary as the Disabilities Co-ordinator at East Bay Head Start
    Mary will be remembered as a kind, caring and genuine women
    We maintained our friendship by regularly meeting for cosmopolitans
    We shared life’s experiences – past and present
    I will miss Mary’s relaxed companionship and laughter
    Extending most sincere condolences to her family
    Paula Marcello

  3. Oh Mary. My heart is so deeply broken. You have no idea just how many young lives you have touched. I remember, when I was a 4-year-old student in your HS classroom, thinking “Miss Mary is the bestest ever.” When I was an 18-year-old High School graduate, at my graduation party, I remember looking over to you and thinking, “She came! Miss Mary is the bestest!” Years later at my wedding I looked in the pew and there you were! I remember thinking, Miss Mary, She’s the bestest!” At my baby shower even more years later, I was amazed when you walked in with a big ole hug for me and a tummy rub for Maddie. I remember thinking, Miss Mary, She is the bestest!” When I found out that Mary had passed I went numb. This woman that has been with be through all the major events in my life was gone. Gone. To the Nugent family, I am so sorry for your loss. Miss Mary was indeed the bestest.

  4. My deepest and most sincere sympathy to John, Peggy, Chris, Patrick and Allison at this very sad and most difficult time. Mary was a dear cherished and loyal long-time friend with a heart of gold and a caring, giving nature and a smile that reached out to our Emerald Isle!!! Our beautiful memories extend over many years from our days at URI through our totally exceptional trip to Ireland and our many luncheons with friends and Christmas with all Cindy Gagnon’s family. My entire family loved Mary and all send deepest sympathy to all of you. Our hearts are aching along with yours, and our tears are unending, but our tremendous delightful memories of Mary are certainly keeping our Irish eyes smiling along with Mary’s wonderful smile!!!! Heaven just became a very happy place when Mary made a grand entrance. I will truly miss her.

  5. Dear Nugent family, please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your loved one. Having lost family and friends, I know firsthand how hard it is to cope with their loss. Something that brings comfort to my heart is knowing that our Loving Creator promises that soon – Death and Sickness – will be no more. God also promises that he will bring them back by an earthly resurrection to enjoy life in a paradise earth. “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces”. (Isaiah 25:8, 33:24, John 5:28) May the hope of living forever in a Paradise earth where death will be no more give you the strength that you need during this difficult time.

  6. To the Nugent Family, my deepest sympathy to you all. I was so saddened to read in the paper of Mary’s unexpected passing. Mary & I were childhood friends having gone to St. Luke’s School together. Although, I did not know Mary as an adult, having moved away from Barrington in 1968, from reading the condolence messages I can see that she grew into an amazing person with a big heart who was loved by many and will be very much missed. I am sad that I did not get to know the person Mary became, but I have wonderful memories of growing up in Barrington and Mary is very much apart of those memories which I will always cherish. May the wonderful memories you have with Mary and knowing how much she was loved by so many, bring you comfort in the days ahead. Please know that you are all in my thoughts & prayers at this sad time.

  7. We will miss Mary every other Sunday. She came with us to distribute the Eucharist at Orchard View Manor. Mary not only brought the Body of Christ to her patients, she brought her warm smile and caring nature.
    I am grateful for her friendship.
    My sincere condolences.

  8. My heart is saddened with the news about Mary. We shared laughter and fun throughout the years. Once a month drinks and dining was our standard along with rides in her red convertible. I will miss her smile and kind words. She was a real helper to all who called her friend. Rest In Peace till we meet again heaven.

  9. Sleep in peace, sweet Mary, for you created a soft resting place near our Lord’s heart by your many kind words and good deeds. We feel a big void already with your sudden leaving, and send prayers and sympathy to family and friends, especially the Martins.

  10. Dear John, Peg, Allison, Patrick, and Chris(Russ)
    Our deepest condolences to you all. We share in the struggle of carrying such a heavy heart. One of our greatest blessings in life was to have Mary as a dear, treasured friend. We know how greatly she was loved by her family…..and definitely us as well.
    And, our dear, sweet, Mary, “…..until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand…” Heaven is undoubtedly even more of a brighter place right now. ?
    Judy and Dave Vincent

  11. Dear John, Peg and family,
    While I never knew MARY, it’s obvious from reading the condolence, she was a giving, loving and dedicated human who I believe, put others before herself.
    May she Rest In Peace.
    Charlene and Iggy

  12. My heart is heavy learning of my friend Mary’s passing. We spent many years of friendship together on the RIAEYC Board, planning and attending conferences and sharing our passion for early childhood education. I’ll always remember your laugh, taking a class with you at RIC, meeting for dinner, and working at Up With Learning! “Those were the days my friend…” The world is a better place because of you- always and in all ways. OX

  13. Mary, your passing is a great loss to so many people. I have so many wonderful memories of you in the past that I will never forget. Your passing is so unfair and brings anger. My deepest condolences go out to all your friends saddened. Special sympathy to your family. Let your always present smile shine down on us. We will never forget you. Rest in peace.

  14. You are a great loss to so many people. I will never forget your smile and the many good times we shared in the past. My deepest condolences go out to the many friends you left behind who are so saddened. Special condolences to your family. Your passing seems so unfair and it brings anger. May you rest in peace and shine that great smile of yours down on us. Many hugs.

  15. Mary’s energy and exuberance were contagious and her empathy a lesson for us all. The world is definitely better because Mary was part of it. She leaves a huge hole in our hearts.

  16. My sympathy and prayers for Mary’s family. I was fortunate to know Mary through St. Luke Parish and various committees through the years. My she rest in peace.

  17. My sympathy and prayers for Mary’s family. I enjoyed knowing Mary through St. Luke parish and various projects there. She will be greatly missed.

  18. There are no words to express my sadness. What a loss this is to all of us who knew and admired Mary. She was a leader and an inspiration to the early childhood community. Her concern and advocacy for young children and their families was unstinting and powerful. There is a place in Heaven for Mary.

  19. My thoughts and prayers to all of Mary’s friends and family. She was an amazing advocate for children and their families. It was a privilege to get to know and work with Mary. Her understanding of the big picture of life was a blessing.

  20. My sympathy and prayers to Mary’s family. She was a wonderful woman and I enjoyed working on projects at St. Luke parish. Rest in peace Mary.

  21. People will forget what you did
    People will forget what you said
    But people will never forget how you made them feel … Maya Angelou

    This is true for Mary. Mary made you feel better just being with her.

  22. A very close friend related to me in tears that Mary was one of a kind and a very special person. I could not agree more. She did not deserve to pass. She spent her life working and helping others. Time had come when she now deserved a life of retirement and to enjoy herself. It seems so unfair. Mary you were well liked by everyone that knew you. I have so many great memories of you and sad we will never meet again. You left a lot of people behind so saddened. My condolences to your friends and especially your family. I am sure you are looking down at all of us with that great smile of yours. May you rest in peace.

  23. Sincere sympathy and prayers to the Nugent Family.

  24. Our hearts broke when we heard the news. Mary was so adored and was so kind to my daughter Macy and I. What a sweet and amazing woman she was.

  25. What a shock! Mary was an amazing women, I loved chatting with her at church. She was always one to lend a hand. My prayers and heartfelt condolences to her family and all the hearts she touched. I am so sorry.

  26. Mary you were truly one of the good ones. You were one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. You are and will always be missed.

  27. So sad to hear this news. I so wish we could’ve seen each other again. I will never forget how sweet you were to us kids. Thank you for such happy memories. Love and deepest condolences to the Nugent family & all those you have touched <3

  28. We are shocked and saddened over the loss of Mary.
    Our sympathies to her family.

  29. Mary was sweet and selfless, a friend through another friend. I will miss her at St. Luke’s.

  30. So sad to read this, great person and one of few I will remember from time inBarrington. R.I.P. Mary Nugent.

  31. Mary was one of my grandmother’s best friends, and I have so many memories of wonderful adventures with the dynamic duo. Mary was there for so many memorable moments, from trips to the Boston Children’s Museum and the Statue of Liberty when I was a child, to visiting me when I was living in Berlin and Paris (climbing the steps to Sacre Coeur and losing passports in chocolate shops), from breakfasts at The Barn to seeing Angela Lansbury on Broadway. Some friends are like family, and Mary was one of those friends, a truly amazing person who touched so many lives, and who will be incredibly missed.

  32. Heaven has received another angel. Rest in God’s peace, Mary.

  33. Mary was a kind, dedicated, loving soul and a Champion for the children. I am thankful to have worked with her for many years at EBCAP and to have known her as a friend. My heart goes out to all of her family and friends. Rest In Peace Mary.

  34. I am in shock and disbelief ,just finding this out on my birthday, I just saw you a few months ago and you were so much alive and giving me those great big hugs you always gave me. I’m so sorry for your loss. I have known Mary for a lifetime and she was sinking tonne andcmy son Daniel. Heaven gained another angel

  35. Mary was such an amazing woman.. I am so glad I had the pleasure of working with her for many years and glad I got to see her again at Kids Quarters… Mary you were such a wonderful woman and you will be greatly missed!!❤️?

  36. Today is a sad day. I am heart broken. Mary was the director when I started working at Head Start. She cared about all her co-workers , the families, and children at Head Start. She was so kind and caring and she had so much love to give. Mary is an angel now and she will truly be missed and not forgotten. Thoughts and prayers for her family

  37. Mary was a colleague of mine in the Head Start community. She was an inspiration to me as she spent her life advocating for those who could not advocate for themselves. She will be missed. May she rest in eternal peace.

  38. Mary was an angel on earth. She was a true champion for all children. I was lucky to work with her. I will kiss her and I know she will be missed by all her Head Start family. We are who we are today because of her love and guidance.

  39. My prayers and thoughts go out to Mary’s family. She was such a wonderful person and I was very lucky to have known her and to have worked with her.

  40. Dear Nugent family;

    My families hearts are with you and your family. We are very saddened to hear of your recent loss

    Marie Carreiro
    Buzzi family

  41. It is with a deep sense of loss that the EBCAP community receives the news of Mary’ s passing. There was no stronger advocate for children than our dear friend. The best that we can do in Mary’s’ memory is to advocate for children as she did every day so that all kids get a “Head Start”.

  42. My deepest sympathy to Mary’s family. She always had a smile on her face, very genuine caring person. I am thankful to have known her and worked with her. May God grant her peace and give strengths to the family in such difficult time.

  43. You were such a lovely person and I never got to tell you that. Rest in peace, Mary.

  44. John, Peggy, Chris, Patrick and Allison, my deepest condolences. Mary was the nicest person I’ve even known. I can’t even imagine the pain you are feeling right now but I know you have lots of wonderful memories to help get you through this. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

  45. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary’s family in this sorrowful time. She was a wonderful woman who had the biggest smile to greet you with!

  46. Words can not express how heartbroken I am! My Aunt Mary was the most amazing and thoughtful person around! My thoughts and prayers are with all of her friends and family!!

  47. I send my heartfelt condolences to Mary’s entire family. So many lives were touched by this wonderful woman. I feel so blessed to have known her.

  48. Lucy Larisa on May 25: although we met and graduated together, our friendship continued on long after.
    You will be sadly missed Mary.

  49. My condolences to the Mary’s family. I’m glad I got work with her at Heart Start a long time ago .

  50. Ms. Mary was an angel. She was a wonderful teacher to my son at Kids Quarters and just an all around sweet, lovely, genuine person. I have thought about her often over the years and we are saddened to hear of her passing. She will be dearly missed.

  51. So very sad when I heard of Mary’s passing today. Sorry to her family for their loss. She will be missed by many.

  52. My thoughts and prayers to Mary’s family.. I am so grateful I had the chance to know her and have her part of my life. I will never forget the impact she made on me. She was such an amazing woman and she will be greatly missed. I am so sorry.

  53. Such a sad day!

  54. ,My heart is broken today.

  55. My condolences to Mary’s family and friends.

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