Edna Mary Wardwell
1948 - 2021
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Edna Mary Wardwell
Edna Mary Wardwell, 72, of Middletown, Rhode Island, passed away on February 19, 2021 at home with her family by her side.
Edna was born, July 23, 1948, in Newport, RI to the late Francis Ribera and the late Edna (Bidlack) Ribera.
A lifelong resident of Aquidneck Island, Edna was raised on Third Street in Newport with her nine siblings. She settled in Middletown, RI with her husband George Wardwell. She had a long career working in the Rectory at St. Joseph's Church, retiring in 2009. In retirement, Edna and George volunteered constantly with the Naval Order and the Navy League. Edna carried on alone in these organizations after George's passing in 2016, serving as Treasurer and even local Commandery positions. Additionally, she volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the St. Joseph's Soup Kitchen. Never without a smile, a hug, and her famous chocolate chip cookies for the huge web of family and friends, Edna was always ready, willing, and able to help, no matter what the situation. She truly lived a "life of service."
Edna is survived by her children; Jason Roach and his wife Kathy, of Nathrop, CO, George Roach of Warren, RI, Claudia McPherson of Clovis, NM, and Shannon Fuentes, of Providence, RI. She is also survived by her siblings; Joyce Semich, Gerri Piszcz, Joanne Boria, Charlotte Gallant and Ronald Ribera, and her grandchildren; Lindsay Roach, Mickey McGowan-Roach, Joshua Simmons, Julia Simmons, Ryan Simmons, Sean McPherson, and Tiphanie and Myranda Fuentes.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband George Wardwell and her siblings, Franklin and Daniel Ribera, Evelyn Davis and Julie Jackson
Calling hours will be held Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway in Newport.
Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 10:00 am at St. Joseph's Church, Mann Avenue in Newport.
Burial will be private, in St. Columba Cemetery, 465 Brown's Lane in Middletown, RI.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the St. Vincent DePaul Society 5 Mann Avenue Newport, RI 02840
Due to restrictions in place due to COVID-19, attendance is limited to 15 people at a time, so wait times during calling hours will be longer than usual.
Additional information at www.memorialfuneralhome.com

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Published in Newport Daily News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2021.
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April 10, 2021
Edna was a very sweet lady. May she RIP. Thank you for your service to others Edna.
February 26, 2021
Sweet memories, Edna.
February 26, 2021
Oh dear Edna....your service to the Newport Commandery of the Naval Order of the U.S. is so much appreciated. Your leadership as our Commander, along with that of George five years before kept us on a rock-steady course. Your dedication to support of our sea services is so important to our Country. Bravo/Zulu....Well done, Edna! Warm wishes to your family as they celebrate your Life, Love & Caring.
Tripp Alyn
February 24, 2021
Edna was a friend who will be missed. Her contributions to others and to what she believed in are innumerable. The world needs more Edna's and her absence will be felt by many. My deepest sympathy to her family. She was a good woman, a Patriot, loyal and dedicated. May she rest in peace.
Edward Webb
February 22, 2021
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