Irene (Francis) Matthews
Irene (Francis) Matthews

October 30, 1938 - September 10, 2017
Born in Cranston, RI
Resided in Johnston, Rhode Island
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Irene Gloria (Francis) Matthews, 78, of Central Ave., Johnson, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. Born Oct. 30, 1938, in Cranston, she was a daughter of the late Anthony and Alice (Grady) Francis.

Irene will be remembered as being a class clown and spent her entire life making people laugh. Found with her important papers following her death was the saying, “Laugh and the world laughs with you…Cry and you cry alone”. Often visitors were given the salutation when time to leave, “Thanks for coming, thanks for leaving, it was a pressure having you”.

She worked in accounting for the Tilton Capaldi Construction Co., for the Crown Chemical Co., and for Flex-let.

She was the mother of Reena Ann Lavoie and her husband Kevin of Chepachet and of Ronald Matthews and his wife Judith of Pascoag and the loving companion of Leo F. Cardin. She was the sister of Anne Shirley Hickey of New Hampshire and the late Alice Mary Aldcroft. She also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Following Irene’s expressed wishes, relatives and friends are invited to calling hours Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5pm until 7pm at the Rebello Funeral Home and Crematory, 901 Broadway, East Providence.

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Rebello Funeral Home
901 Broadway
East Providence, Rhode Island 02914
Thursday, September 21, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM