Celebrating the life of Anne E. Drury
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Beloved wife of William E. Drury , she was born in East Providence on September 12,1928, a daughter of the late Anna (Holland) and John O’Connor.
Married in 1951, she made her home in the Edgewood section of Cranston in 1958. In 2017, she moved with her husband to the Village at Waterman Lake in Greenville, RI.
An Alumnus of St. Xavier Academy, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Rhode Island, then went back to school years later to earn a Masters Degree In Social Work (MSW) from Rhode Island College.
While attending URI (then known as Rhode Island State College), she was a member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, serving as it’s President.
Throughout her life, she was involved in social justice issues on a local, state and national level.
In the last fifty years, she acted as the director for the Catholic Information Center, was a fundraiser for Hospice Care of RI, a past member of the Urban League, the Catholic International Council, and the National Association of Social Workers, which she served as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Chapter from 1982-1990.
She was a member of the Christian Family Movement, and served as Rectora for the Diocesan Cursillo Movement for many years.
Her adventurous spirit took her on travels throughout the globe, including to the Caribbean, North Africa, Europe, parts of Asia, and all over the United States.
Her joy of life, and curiosity about the world and other people, inspired all those she encountered. She loved to share stories, and seemed to have an infinite number about absolutely everything.
A life long learner, she was a voracious reader, and enjoyed taking courses with the Circle of Scholars at Salve Regina University.
In that spirit, her final wish was to donate her remains to the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, in order to help facilitate the advancement of knowledge to the students there.
Besides her beloved husband of 71 years, she leaves behind her nine children;
Anne Marguerite “Marga” Fox, Mary Osborne (Clay), Michele Drury, William Drury Jr. (Donna), John Drury (Frank), Hope Zito (Tom), Nadine Boland (Ken), Elizabeth Rouhselang (Jay), Violet “Kim” Drury-Silva (Paul), sixteen grand children and twenty one great grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her sister Rita (O’Connor) Gorman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday March 11 at 10am at St. Paul’s Church, 30 Warwick Ave, Cranston, RI.
Internment of Ashes will be at St. Mark’s Cemetery, 293 E Shore Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island immediately following service.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the San Miguel School of Providence, RI will be appreciated. http://www.sanmiguelprov.org
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