Mafalda "Dolly" O'Donnell
S.R. Avery Funeral Home
3A Bank Street
Hope Valley, RI
Mafalda "Dolly" (Cavicchioli) O'Donnell passed away at the age of 103 on July 24, 2021 at the Westerly Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Charlestown before taking residence at The Elms Assisted Living in Westerly.
She was employed as a weaver before working for The RI School Lunch Program in the Chariho District. As a lifelong active communicant of St. Mary's Church in Carolina, she was a choir member, prepared meals for the parish priest, counted Sunday's offerings for many years, and developed many lifetime friendships at her church. All who knew her, loved her. She found her bliss where she began paint lessons at Laurie's Art Gallery and Art Learning Center and became an accomplished artist. She was an avid fan of the Red Sox and Patriots.
A devoted mother, her family meant the world to her. She is survived by Jeannie Evans (Ellison), Patricia Wucik (Richard), Judy McCaughey (Bill), Colleen Richardson (Bill), Eugene O'Donnell (Lori) and brother, Louis Cavicchioli. She had nine grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and ten great, great, grandchildren.
The family is forever grateful to the entire staff at the Elms Retirement Residence for their continuous support, care and concern throughout her stay there. We are thankful to the Beacon Hospice team for their compassionate and loving care given to our mother in her last days. The Westerly Hospital nurses and doctors who attended to our mother were wonderful and caring in her final days.
Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
Published by The Westerly Sun on Jul. 28, 2021.
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Dolly was I never my very first painting class! We had so so many laughs and fun times. We had a class project once with all these mini fry pans She recovered somewhere. SHe was so proud of herself one time when she signed her name in ballpoint pen Hahaha (a big no no) we laughed about that one for years. Judy got so many of her paintings!!!!! Dolly was such a wonderful soul!!! Blessings to her family.
Laurie Mackenzie
August 1, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived. Thanks for the great memories Aunt Dolly.
Kevin Gene O'Donnell
July 29, 2021
Dolly was a wonderful neighbor to our family my entire life, until I grew up, married, and moved to CT. I still saw Dolly now and then when visiting my parents, until she moved to the Elms. She had a great sense of humor, never looked her age, and her home was always absolutely spotless, no matter when you were there. I will always treasure making "her" Italian cookies for Christmas with her one afternoon several years ago, and those cookies are still a favorite kind made for my annual Christmas cookie plates. She will be missed. {{Hugs}} to the family.
Suzanne (Tougas) Robinson
July 29, 2021
Where do I even begin to say how truly wonderful of a person she was. I met Dolly at The Elms when she was 100yrs old. And to this day no one would ever believe her age because of how young and full of life she was. Her and I had many laughs and I loved hearing her stories! She always had the best ones! Not only did I call her my friend, she was family. She always would say goodbye each night with "Love ya". I´m truly blessed I got to see her one last time before she passed. Dolly may you always protect us all and guide us. Truly with all my heart I forever will Love ya! My heart goes out to her family. She always spoke of you all with so much love.
Michele Vlaun-Crider
July 28, 2021
My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Dolly O'Donnell. She was an amazing woman and touched the heart of so many people. She gave of herself and shared her talents without requesting anything in return. Quietly, without anyone asking, she created three beautiful paintings of flowers for my triplet granddaughter. Their names are Violet, Lily, and Magnolia. She will always have a special place in my heart. May the wonderful times that she shared with her children comfort them knowing that she lived a life full of love and beauty. What a legacy to leave so many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She certainly will be in heaven smiling down on everyone. Janet Bowab
janet bowab
July 28, 2021
I am saddened by the loss of my sister Dolly. I will miss her on my visits to R.I., and our phone calls. She was a remarkable women whom I enjoyed talking to, especially about the Red Sox, and NE Patriots. I will treasure the beautiful paintings she gave to me and my wife on one of our visits with her. More than anything, I will miss our conversations and her loving and caring way. My love and deepest sympathies to all of her family.
Louis Cavicchioli
July 28, 2021
I feel so Blessed to have been welcomed with open arms into Louis´s beautiful loving family. Dolly was a genuine sweet, loving, caring woman and I will miss her dearly
Pearl Cavicchioli
July 28, 2021
Bruce and I send the family our deepest sympathy. We loved Dolly she was a funny, caring lady she was a blessing to this world.
Claudia and Bruce
July 28, 2021
Dolly was an amazing woman. She was always grateful for anything I helped her with. I am very sad she's not here anymore. I hope her and her family are at peace.
Nina Zaczkowski
July 28, 2021
To Dolly´s family my deepest sympathy. I´m so glad to have known your Mother for the last 3 years while she was at The Elms. She was a very sweet kind person and loved by all the other residents. When I first met her after she arrived and we talked about her coming to The Elms and about her family ,I enjoyed visiting her each day.I was amazed at her paintings and she joined our painting group and still did beautiful work. I last visited her on her 103rd birthday and brought her some home made chocolate chip cookies, one of her favorites! Bless you all and I hold special memories of her in my heart !
Kathy Tansy
July 27, 2021
Mazakas Family
July 27, 2021
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