Hilda L. Butterfield
Hilda L. Butterfield

May 5, 1922 - August 26, 2017
Born in Providence
Resided in East Providence, RI


Hilda L. Butterfield, age 95, died Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Linn Health Care Center with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late Lionel J. Butterfield, Sr. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late John L. Mello, Sr and Liduina (Medeiros) Mello.

She lived in the Fox Point Section of Providence, before moving to East Providence in 1953. Hilda graduated from St. Xavier’s Academy in 1940. She worked at Gorham’s Manufacturing making bullets and was very proud of contributing to the war effort during WWII as part of the greatest generation. She also worked as a Quality Assurance Inspector for the former EG&G Sealol, making seals for the Apollo Mission and met two of the Astronauts. She was a licensed electrologist.

Hilda was a founding member of St. Martha’s Church and St. Martha’s Rosary and Altar Society. She was a member of Daughters of Isabella, the East Providence Senior Center where she was on the Advisory Board of RSVP, (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Hilda was Queen Mother of the Townie Trotters Red Hat Ladies.

She is survived by her children, Paula Unsworth and her husband Thomas, Mary Lou Butterfield all East providence, Lionel Butterfield, Jr of Warwick, Anne Marie Lacorbiniere of Groton, CT, seven grandchildren; Christine, Stephen, Maryjo, Katie, Jeremy, Lionel III and Jill, eight great- grandchildren; Cassidy, Angela, Stephen, Matthew, Alexander, Benjamin, Welsey and Althea. She leaves her loving sister-in-law Norma Mello. She was predeceased by her grandson Thomas H. Unsworth III and her siblings; John L. Mello, Jr, Mary E. Mello and Alfred J. Mello, Sr.

Her funeral will begin on Thursday at 9am from the Rebello Funeral Home and Crematory, 901 Broadway, East Providence, RI. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10am in St. Martha’s Church, 2595 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 5-8pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Sisters of Mercy NE Community, 15 Highland View Road, Cumberland, RI 02864.




Rebello Funeral Home
901 Broadway
East Providence, RI US 02914
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Martha's Church
2595 Pawtucket Avenue
East Providence, RI US 02914
Thursday, August 31, 2017
10:00 AM
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
550 Wampanoag Trail
East Providence, RI US 02915
Thursday, August 31, 2017