Sheila I (Handy) Smith
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REHOBOTH-Sheila I. (Handy) Smith, 81, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2021.

Sheila was born in Attleboro and was the daughter of the late Elsie (Swanson) Handy and the late Ted and Isabel Bennett, Sr., who along with their children, opened their home to her.

Sheila was a lifelong resident of Rehoboth, and for the last 12 years, resided at Bridgewater Nursing Home, where she received the most loving care and attention. She was member of the former North Rehoboth Methodist church for many years and also the Mother of Twins Club in North Attleboro. Sheila loved being a homemaker and was a fabulous cook. She managed to work a full time career while raising her six children. She enjoyed reading, playing cards with friends and was also an avid bowler. Sheila also enjoyed the time she spent with her family on trips to Michigan, Vermont and summers in Narragansett.

She is survived by her children, Lynn Gagne of Seekonk and the late Ronald Gagne, Sr., Edwin R. Smith, Jr., of Johnston, RI, James W. Smith of Seekonk and Timothy A. Smith and his wife Michelle of Warren, RI; siblings, Alberta Paille of Taunton, Barbara Carpentier of Woonsocket and Kathleen Crooke and her husband Peter of Middletown, RI, George Handy Jr., and his wife Ruth of Attleboro and Kenny Handy of Las Vegas, NV; Butch Bennett of Center Harbor, NH, Steven Bennett of Stoughton, Sandi Moser of Yuma, AZ and Donna Deluca of OR.

grandchildren, Nicole Praisner and her husband Martin III, Ronald RJ Gagne and his fiancée Kasey Boelger, Amanda Boudreau, Hannah and Ryleigh Smith, and Melania and Audriana Smith; great-grandchildren, Martin Praisner IV and Mylo Praisner and many nieces and nephews.

Sheila is also survived by her best friend of 42 years, Doris White.

She was the mother of the late Steven T. Smith and Lori Boudreau, and former wife of the late Edwin Smith, Sr.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Calling Hours on Monday, February 15, 2021 from 4-6pm in the Foley-Cook-Hathaway Funeral Home, 126 South Main St., Attleboro.

Mask wearing and social distancing will be required.

Funeral and Burial services will be held privately.

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Published in Sun Chronicle on Feb. 12, 2021.
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February 12, 2021
My dear friend Sheila. I've known her since the mid 50's. She was a good friend of mine. I use to take her out for lunch on her birthdays in the summer. I will miss her very much. So sorry for her family.
Martha Masterson
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