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Martha Ballantine Huggard Ames

June 13, 1938 June 1, 2020
Martha  Ballantine Huggard Ames
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81, died Monday, June 1, 2020 peacefully at her home in Providence Rhode Island. She was directly a descended from both John Winthrop and William Gager, a friend of Winthrop’s who accompanied him aboard the ship “Arbella,” which arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. A native of Columbus, Ohio and the daughter of Richard and Ann (Brown) Huggard. She was a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and received a Master of Social Work degree from Ohio State University. After coming to Rhode Island in 1969, she held several professional social work positions and for twenty years until retirement was a clinical social worker at the Rhode Island Training School, serving as a consultant to several community agencies.

Ms. Ames volunteered and was a recognized leader in community organizations serving both adults and children. She was a Board member and officer at the Mount Hope Day Care Center, the Providence In-Town Churches Association (PICA), the George Hunt Help Center, Shelter Services, Inc., and The Blessing Way. She was president of PICA for several years and was given an award for outstanding leadership during a time of the agency’s growth.

She was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church, serving on the Vestry and as Parish Clerk, Director for the Alter Guild, Chair of the Outreach Committee and Convener of the Women’s Evening Fellowship. She was also an usher, Eucharistic minister and lector. She participated in several diocesan committees.

Ms. Ames was an amateur genealogist with a love for community and her friends. She enjoyed researching family trees, reading, and comparing notes with other relatives and sometimes traveled to meet newly found family members.

She leaves her son, John Winthrop Ames, and his wife Melissa Urban Ames and her granddaughter Julia Sofia Urban Ames, all of Pawtucket. She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Huggard McDonough of Missouri and Frances Huggard Migliaccio of Seattle, Washington. She leaves many close friends, nephews and numerous cousins, some known a lifetime and others more recently found.

A memorial service will take place at Grace Church in Providence at a later time this year. The family asks that those wishing to donate in her memory can make checks payable to Episcopal Charities of Rhode Island, 275 North Main Street, Providence RI 02903 or to make an online donation in her memory at www.episcopalri.org/ministries/episcopal-charities

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