Florence Desilva, Loving Mother of 3, Dies at 90

August 27, 1923 - November 26, 2013

Credit: Iannotti Funeral Home
Credit: Iannotti Funeral Home
Florence L. (Vincent) Desilva, 90, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 surrounded by her loving family at the Coventry Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

She was the beloved wife of 71 years to Richard DeSilva, Jr. Born in Warwick, and a daughter of the late Hector and Loretta (Fortier) Vincent.

Before moving to Coventry Florence loved her life in Hillsgrove where she was happiest among family and friends. She shared her home, her pool and her love creating memories for everyone. Known for preparing great dinners and baking fabulous cakes, pies and pastries she enjoyed sharing those recipes and teaching her grandchildren the secrets of good cooking.

Florence was an active parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Warwick and a member of the Ladies of St. Anne and the Far Club. She also served on many committees and remembered fondly being elected a delegate to Washington, D.C. with the Warwick Women's Democratic League. For many years she was the Office Manager of the City of Warwick Tax Collector before retiring.

The family wishes to thank the work of all the care givers at the Coventry Health Center and Hospice for the excellent care given to her. Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Roger A. DeSilva and his wife Corrine of Cranston and Richard V. DeSilva and his wife Catherine of Warwick; a daughter, Lorraine A. Botts and her husband Gilbert Larrabee of Rehoboth, MA; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was the sister of the late Roland Vincent.

Florence's funeral was held Monday from the Iannotti Funeral Home in Coventry, with a Mass of Christian Burial in SS. John & Paul Church. Interment followed in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. In lieu of flowers, donations to Gentiva Hospice, 2374 Post Road, Suite 206, Warwick, RI 02886 would be appreciated. 

Click here to view Florence's memorial page, courtesy of Iannotti Funeral Home.


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