Thelma H. Dufresne

Date of Passing:

January 1, 2020

Thelma H. Dufresne, 88, wife of the late John R. Dufresne died January 1, 2020. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Rose (Amarantes) Amaral. She leaves behind her daughter Joyce Willis from Ohio, son Donald Dufresne from Connecticut, four grandchildren, Danielle Crawford, Denise Fox, Heather Caban, John Dufresne and four great grandchildren, Madison Crawford, Kaleb Crawford, Dustin Crawford, Olivia Caban and her sister Beatrice Fritchell,

She was the sister of the late Albert, Alfred, Frank, Gilbert, Donald Amaral and Rose Beam.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday January 7, 2019 in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home, 350 Willett Ave, Riverside from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be private. A memorial mass will be held at St. Martha’s Church, 2095 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence on January 13th at 9 a.m..

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  1. When I came to Rhode Island, Thelma became a second mother to me. I will miss her smile, laugh, and gatherings at the farm in Foster. Now she is with Sardi working on that heavenly to do list! She will remain in my thoughts and prayers forever. May the Lord bless her and shine His light upon her.

  2. RIP my dear,You will be missed by many! I will always remember the good times at your home in Foster and all those Birthday Parties. Unitl we meet again! ?❤️????????

  3. Love you Meme may you be at piece now. You have suffered long enough. You will always be in my heart.

  4. So sorry for your lossJoyce and Donnie. This is a terrible disease and it is always bitter sweet to lose someone to it. I will always remember the good times at the farm when we were all together. Love to you both. ❤️

  5. RIP Auntie Thelma. I will always remember the fun times at the farm and when I would stay there during summer vacation and never wanted to leave. She was always fun to be around and will always remember her laugh.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with Joyce and Don. I can’t think of Aunt Thelma without remembering all the good times at the farm in foster. May you find comfort in knowing that she is finally at peace. Love you guys. ?❤️

  7. There are no words. May she and all of you find peace.

  8. I will miss Aunt Thelma with her silliness and funny hats she would where from the 70’s Her an Mark would have long conversations when he would go over to help her he love her too. I will never forget the fun times we all had at the farm in Foster and when I would bring Melinda to visit she would sit on the floor and color with her. Melinda called her Auntie Filmore.. don’t know why but she loved it she thought it was so cute. now she is gone to be with uncle sardi and may they both rest in peace

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