Ann Theresa Farrell Rhodes, 88, died on August 24, in Wareham, MA, formerly of Sharon, MA. She is the daughter of the late Mary (Blair) and Patrick Farrell of Woonsocket, RI. Her beloved husband Norman (“Dusty”) died in 1971.
She is survived by her five children, nine grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. They are Norma Rhodes White, Wareham, and Geoff and Jody White, of Carlsbad, CA, and children Kallie, Curt, and Natalie; Christopher and Tina Sanchez White of Reading, MA, and Owen, Tatum, and Josie; Emily and Eric Stewart of Carlsbad, CA; Arthur A . and Liz Rhodes, Sharon, and Stacey and Michael Sullivan, also of Sharon, and Kaitlyn, Michael, and Kyle; Christene Mary, of Wareham; Janet and Doug Benson of Seekonk, and Lisa and Steve Breese of Fairhaven, and Amelia and Ella; Ashley and Michael Ulshoeffer of Hanover, and Benjamin; Matthew and Cindy Rhodes of Wareham, and James, Jarrod, and Patrick. She is also survived by her dear lifelong friend, Dorothy Cronin, East Providence, wife of the late Roger A. Cronin, and her five children and families. Her eldest niece, Patricia A. Trahan (“Patsy”), Franklin, MA, was a special friend to her. She is predeceased by her companion of later years, Woonsocket High School classmate James Shevlin.
Ann’s caregivers allowed her family to keep their mother at home, surrounded daily by love and compassion. They include Dorothy R. Casey, Pearl J. Mendes, Patricia Stout, Agnieska Zatek, Rita Mattos, Robin Salerno, Deb Rogers, and Mary and the late Doug Westgate. Cranberry Hospice nurses and aides also brought their support to Ann and her family. The generous spirits, expertise, and kindness of all Ann’s keepers were truly incredible.
Ann’s beloved siblings predeceased her. They are Gertrude Trahan of Franklin, MA; Margaret Farrell of Woonsocket; Joseph Francis Farrell of Narragansett, RI; Charles Farrell of Smithfield, RI; and Paul G. Farrell, of Bellingham, MA. Their spouses, former spouses, and families were also special to Ann.
Ann’s gifts to her family were numerous. She modeled kindness, forgiveness, compassion, and generosity. Ann’s faith was also very important to her, and she shared that with her children. She pushed through her losses and sadnesses without complaint and tried to create something positive and worthwhile from them.
Ann’s loyal, protective, naughty Boston terrier Loney will miss her sweetness, wittiness, and permissiveness.
Her funeral Mass will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, Sharon, on Friday, August 28th at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name are welcomed for Cranberry Hospice, 36 Cordage Park (#326), Plymouth, MA 02360 and/or St. Francis House: Rebuilding Lives, 39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.