Priscilla Louise Theresa Elderkin Lee

Date of Passing:

October 7, 2022

Priscilla Louise Theresa Elderkin Lee, 75, passed away peacefully along the bedside of several of her children at Rhode Island Hospital on October 7, 2022. Born in Seekonk, MA, she was a member of the Wampanoag Indian Tribe. She was officially named “Laughing Waters” because of her infectious smile and laughter.

Priscilla was a graduate of Central High School, Providence class of 1964. Until her retirement, she worked as a Computer Technician for the former Fleet Bank. She also worked in the Retail industry.

Priscilla was wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and confidant. Even though she loved to play cards, bingo, online games, puzzles, make scrapbooks and frequent casinos, nothing was fonder than her love of Scrabble and attending Pow Wows. She also embraced her Cape Verdean culture. True to her Cape Verdean roots, her home cooked meals always included her famous “pot of jag”.

Priscilla was born to the late Edwin H. Elderkin and Louise J (Coelho) Elderkin-Couture on November 13, 1946. She was mother of the late Dana M. Lee, and sister of the late Edwin H. Elderkin, Claire Ramos, and Christine Ramos.

She is survived by her husband, Harvey E. Lee, 8 sisters; Roberta Santucci (Robert) and Denise Pion, Gerri “Nina” Ramos, Mary Ramos, Leona Ramos, Ann Ramos, Valerie Johnson, Mendi Freeman, 5 brothers; Gary Elderkin (Rebecca), Edwin Ramos, Joe Ramos, Shane Elderkin, Cheyenne Elderkin, 5 children; Sherri A. Lee, Louise M. Lee-Mowinckel (Frederik), Harvey E. Lee Jr., James D. Lee (Deka), and Jason T. Lee (Rashanda), 11 grand children; Taylor L. Lee, Teresa A. Lee, Harvey E. Lee III, Alexander R. Lee, Zachary G. Lee, Edward W. Mowinckel, Benjamin A. Mowinckel, Jason T. Johnson, Dana P. Johnson, Jayla A. Gadson, and Mya L. Gadson, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 12th, at W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Ave, Riverside, RI 02915. Calling hours will be 10:00 – 11:30. Native American Ceremony and traditional Services begin at 11:30.

Online Condolences


  1. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Elderkin Lee family.
    Sending much love.

  2. My Condolences to Sherrie, Louise,Harvey and the rest of the Lee family. May God give you comfort and peace in this difficult time.

  3. My deepest condolences to the family. Sending Love and Payers. So many wonderful and cherished childhood memories. Priscilla, will be missed. God bless and take care of each other. Love You

  4. From the Umana Family: Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time of heartbreaking loss. Sending you our deepest sympathy as we share in your grief.

  5. Sherri Lee,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom went through a lot over the last few years so I pray she will now be at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Dear Mr. Lee, Sherri, Louise, Harvey Jr., Jamie, Jason and all of Mrs Lee’s loved ones.
    I am sooo very sorry for your loss. i know somewhat what you are feeling. I have felt the loss of both of my parents, my mother, most recently. I encourage to pray for strength and comfort from The Holy Spirit (The incredible comforter that he is).

    I never got the chance to apologize to her for being the pest who showed at her doorstep to walk to school with Sherri. ? However the last time I saw her she gave me that big warm smile. She was such a nice woman. May she rest in peace.

    You have my prayers.

  7. Jamie and Deka – Ricardo and I are prayers of comfort to you and the boys during this difficult time. It was such a pleasure meeting Mrs. Lee, who reminds me so much of my own mom. Such a sweet woman with a beautiful spirit. Jamie I know this is such a tough loss. Just know we are here for you, Deka, Alex and Zachary.

  8. Offering prayers of consolation dear Lee family members. May comfort and strength surround you during this sorrowful time. May GOD’S Peace, Mercy, and Grace sustain you during the days ahead.

  9. My condolences to you all. So many fond memories and such a beautiful person. I will always remember your smile and that LAUGHTER! Rest Easy. ❤

  10. Sherrie, Louise, Harvey, Jamie, Jason – my deepest, heartfelt condolences to you all. So much love to you. Sending up many prayers for you. May the covering of God grant you comforting peace today and in the days ahead. ❤️ Angel

  11. Sherri please accept my sympathy at the loss of your mom. You have been very strong and I’m sending prayers of comfort and strength as you grieve, for you, and your family. Remember the bright light of your mom’s spirit and know she will be with you always , guiding you. I wish I had known her. Sending love and hugs ???❤️

  12. My condolences to the entire Lee Family. Praying for your peace and comfort during this trying time. May God Bless you all.

  13. Dearest Sherri,

    We are so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to you and the entire Lee family. May she rest peacefully in God’s arms.

  14. Sending my love and prayers and my deepest condolences to Sherry and the entire family

  15. My condolences to the family. Auntie my heart is ? you will be truly missed Thank you for always being there no matter what the issue was you were there.I will miss that laugh and your tight hugs ♥️

  16. To my family, it hurts to lose someone that has always been there for you. She left beautiful memories that you will always have in your heart, treasure them and know how much she love you. We will forever miss that smile. Love Marcia

  17. Cousin Pricilla, Thank you for always making me feel special in your presence. Thank you for the loyal friendship you and Mommy shared, and the laughs when we together playing card games.?
    Heaven is lucky to have you !
    To my cousins, .. Sending Love and Light! May memories give peace, and comfort .
    My heartfelt condolences .

  18. Losing a loved one in death is unbearably painful. May you find continued comfort in the promises in the scriptures (Revelation 21:3,4) and from the love of family and friends.

    Please accept my condolences for your loss.

  19. James, Deka and family we pray for you as your grieve. May your hearts not be heavy, rather find comfort in one another when you reflect on her beautiful smile, warm hugs, and memories that each of you made with her. Peace be unto you.

  20. Dear Jamie and Deka, Alex and Zachary. We send you and the Lee family our love and prayers and deepest condolences. May you be comforted remembering your mother’s wonderful smile and laughter and presence in your lives.

    Samir iyo imaan.

    Love from Sandra Abdillahi Halima and Kamal

  21. I am saddened to learn of Priscilla’s passing. She’s on my friend’s list on Facebook; we conversed there from time to time. I went to elementary school with her brother Gary. I send my sincere condolences, love, and prayers to her family. May God give you guidance and strength in this time of bereavement and sorrow. May she rest in peace with our Father in Heaven ♥️??????????????♥️⛄
    The snowman represents my nickname FROSTY.

  22. To Jamie and Deka and all the Lee Family,
    We with you peace and comfort at the loss of your angel.
    Praying for her eternal rest and joyful entrance to paradise.
    All our love
    David, Nadia and Kids

  23. Sorry for your loss she was a beautiful person very happy lady with a great family may she rest in peace with the angel in heaven

  24. Dear Jamie and family,

    We would like to express our sorrow and sincere condolences to you and your entire family . Your mother was a gift to everyone who ever met her. She will be so very missed. Sending you our love and prayers. Always, The Nur Family (London)

  25. Our deepest sympathy Go out to the Lee family

  26. With sympathy and condolences to the Lee family. May Priscilla rest in eternal peace. She will be definitely missed at all the family gatherings with her infectious smile.

  27. My deepest condolences to the Lee family. Praying God’s peace and comfort.

  28. Angels do exist! I still remember the time that Priscilla, only a child herself, won a Beauty contest! I, even a younger child, was so taken by this, that Priscilla became one of my lifelong heroes.

    It takes an Angel to live through the horrors of the death of a child. There are many who know much better than I what a toll this must’ve taken on Priscilla. But Priscilla, as well as Harvey, continued on to create their close-knit, loving Family.

    It takes an Angel to live through the traumas of divorce… and still weave Friendship as a Beautiful result! For whatever reasons, Priscilla and Harvey could not live together, however they remained each other’s lifelong, devoted Friends. To me this is one of the most wondrous relationship accomplishments that I have ever seen.

    Yes, Angels do exist! Angels like Priscilla… who has now become a brand new, Beautiful Angel in Heaven!

  29. Sending love and prayers from my family to yours. There is no love like that from mother and no one better than grand mothers. Cherish your memories and don’t forget the joyful times spent together as a family. My deepest sympathy and Mr. Lee my heart is with you sir respectfully
    Judy Johnston

  30. Ms Priscilla or as Ray called you Bingo Mama. You were very dear to us. I hope Ray greeted you with a big hug. I’m going to miss your smile. To Pricilla’s family. I am so sorry for your loss. She was an incredible woman who was loved by so many.

  31. Our deepest condolences to the entire family. We hope the comfort of faith, friends & family will help to ease your sorrow. Our dearest Priscilla, you’ve touched our lives in so many ways. Your beautiful soul has been a trail of unforgettable memories for us, from childhood to adulthood. It’s hard to imagine a world without you. We’ll miss listening to Luther together, but every time we hear “Power of Love” we’ll be thinking of you. Rest peacefully cousin and let God take over from here. Love Inez (Nezzie), Zaryah & Daynah. ?

  32. To the Lee family which is mine also, May the Lord continue to Bless and keep you through this trying time.
    But just as the Lord Thy God has said, He will never leave you, it’s the same as Momma….She Loves you enough not to leave you either. As long as she lives in you, she’s always present. Love brought you together and it will keep you!!!!
    GOD Bless You. We’re ? for the Family

  33. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during your time of grief. Priscilla will always be remembered by all who knew and loved her. Family, please know that “Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal”. May God Bless and Keep you all. Love you all!

  34. Jamie and family, praying for you during this time of loss. May you find comfort in the love you shared with your mom, wife, sister and friend. I will always remember Mrs. Lee for her kind spirit, beautiful smile and love for her family. Please know we’re here to support you Jamie. With Love, Aimee and Marsay

  35. My deepest sympathies to my cousins; the Lee family. May your love and fond memories of Priscilla help you through this difficult time. I’m praying for each of you to allow God to give you peace, strength, & the ability to take one day at a time. I love all of you!

  36. My heartfelt condolences to my Lee family. She will be missed that Beautiful smile of hers. She always be in our hearts!

    My love to you all.❤?

  37. To my children Taylor, Teresa and Harvey E Lee lll and all of Mrs Lee’s grandchildren she loved you all so very much and was so proud of each one of you! Sending my love and prayers for her children, and a special prayer and peace for you Mr. Lee!

  38. Rest Peacefully My Friend

  39. My friend since 8th grade. We shared so many many memories. So many “firsts” ?teen years, marriage, our children, families, fun times, sorrow, and our “golden years” Priscilla will forever hold a place in my heart ??

  40. Sherri – my condolences to you and your family

  41. My sincere condolences and prayers ? go out to you and your family Harvey.

  42. I’m so sad for you all in your time of loss and bereavement. Hold your memories in your heart and she will always be with you. I love you all.

  43. Dear Sherri and all her family,
    I am so sorry for your loss.I pray that Priscilla will Rest in beautiful, blissful , divine and peaceful heaven.I also pray that cherished memories, loving family and friends and God’s peace beyond understanding will sustain you and all your family throughout such sorrow. God bless you all always.Please take great care. Love mindy

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