Patricia G. Baptista

Date of Passing:

February 22, 2018

Patricia G. (Tirrell) Baptista “Trish” 52, of Estrell Drive, Riverside died on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence after a courageous and valiant battle with lung cancer. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her devoted family.

A lifelong resident of Riverside, she was the beloved wife of Ronnie Baptista, married for 17 years. Born in Anaheim, California on May 5, 1965, daughter of Gioconda “Gia” (Corazza) Tirrell and the late Charles E. Tirrell.

Trish had been employed by Blue Cross for 25 years in the Department of Correspondence and Appeals until her illness. She was a member of the Blue Cross Association and a volunteer for the Stephen Shaw Road Race. She cherished spending time with her family, especially in the backyard and in the pool.

Trish loved animals especially her two dogs Chico and Tasha. She also enjoyed going to casinos, concerts and cruising with her husband and friends.

Besides her husband and mother she leaves her children, Renee Tirrell and her husband Joshua R. Bernardini, Andrew R. Baptista and Gianna E. Baptista, a sister Dorina A. Igo and her husband Joseph V. Igo, a granddaughter Riley Q. Tirrell, a brother-in-law Kevin A. Baptista and his wife Helen Mortensen-Baptista, a mother-in-law Elizabeth “Betty” A. Baptista and several nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willet Avenue, Riverside at 8 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Holy Rosary Church, Traverse Street, Providence at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. Calling Hours are Wednesday 5-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to RISPCA, 186 Amaral Street, Riverside, RI 02915.

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  1. I wanted to express my heartfelt condolences to all of Trish’s family. For right now, there’s no detour around grief, no shortcut through mourning. However, 2 Cor.4:7 says that God can give us, “…power beyond what is normal “, to go from one day to the next. This does not mean that we no longer cry or that we forget. It means we recover. We recover because of our hope. Jesus Christ talked about our hope in John 5:28 which says, “… all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out “. Jesus was referring to the resurrection. That is our amazing hope! The Bible likens our hope to an anchor. Just like an anchor stabilizes a ship, our hope stabilizes us and keeps us from drowning in overwhelming sadness. 2 Cor.1:3 describes our Creator as, “… the God of all comfort “. One way that God comforts us is by moving people who care about us to give us words of encouragement that we need to hear. May the God of comfort be your comfort now, during this time of sorrow. For the Bible’s answers to life’s big questions please visit

  2. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May the God who “binds up the brokenhearted” and “comforts all who mourn” sustain your family during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1,2

  3. My sweet Andrew, Gianna and Riley–I am so sorry to hear of your mom/grandmother’s passing. She was a wonderful woman who loved you very dearly. I remember her picking you all up in kindergarten and how she would tease and laugh and LOVE. Heaven has earned another angel. May your memories of her always be with you. May she continue to guide your hearts and mind. May you always bask in her love.
    Mrs. Andrade

  4. So very sorry for your loss. Trisha was a big part of the Blue Crew, she was a pleasure to work with always smiling and ready to help. May your memories comfort you as you go through this time.

  5. Trish was a breath of fresh air, and a delightful woman! My condolences to the family. May God give you peace, strength and comfort during this difficult time.

  6. Renee and family I can’t believe this news was shocking. You and your mom were such a big part of our family. She was a great mom putting you first. i have fond memories when you lived in Providence.
    She loved Raider. So easy to talk with we could talk on phone for hours. You and your family are in my prayers

  7. I was so saddened to hear of Trish’s passing. We worked together at BCBSRI for many years and I remember her laughing, joking and smiling. Sending prayers for Trish and to her family and friends.

  8. Our hearts are broken by the news of Trisha’s passing.
    This beautiful girl and her family lived next door to us on Leroy Dr. Riverside. We have so many precious memories of her while she grew up with our children there.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to her Mom Gia, sister Dorina, her husband and family during this difficult time. She will remain in our hearts forever.
    Calvin and Barbara Shaw & family send their condolences from Maine and New Brunswick, Canada

  9. Ronnie & family, I knew Trish from working with her at Blue Cross & Blue Shield. The very first time I met her we were friends she was intelligent, funny but most of all a good person to laugh with talk to and confide in no matter what the topic.
    I know your heart is hurting and you feel lost right now. Please remember Trish is all around you she is in your heart because of the love you shared. Trish, is in the smiles, laughter and tears of your children. Trish, is also in the hearts for the dogs she loved so much. Ronnie, Trish loved you so much and she loved the life the two of you built together.
    Hold on to one another love each other always the way she loved you and she will live in your hearts always.
    God bless to you and your family.

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