Barbara B (Brierley) Giarrusso -- South Kingstown

Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home and White Dove Crematory South Kingstown - Barbara B. Giarrusso, 85, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2013 at Scalabrini Villa in North Kingstown.

Born and raised in Newport, she also resided in Cranston and Wakefield. A graduate of Rogers High School in 1945 and the University of Rhode Island in 1949 she was a teacher and a guidance counselor for the Smithfield School Department for 25 years.

After retirement she gave generously of her time and talents through the Order of the Eastern Star, (rising to the position of Worthy Grand Matron) as well as Daughters of the American Revolution, Indian lake Shores Fire District Council, South County Hospital and other organizations.

She was a member of the Church of the Ascension in Wakefield and of the URI Alumni Association. She enjoyed knitting, reading, baking, walking and travel as well as spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by her two daughters Phyllis of Cranston and Patricia of Wakefield; her son Paul and his wife Patricia of Wakefield; her brother Ralph Brierley Jr. of Solon, ME and her three granddaughters Carrie, Gabrielle and Laura.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, February 15th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home & Crematory, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16th at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Ascension, 370 Main Street, Wakefield. Interment in Riverside Cemetery, Wakefield will be held privately by her family in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations sent to the Eastern Star Foundation, c/o Marianne Salisbury, 92 Forest Park Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852. Information and condolences at

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Reported: 02/11/13 (Show all obituaries for this day)

By: Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home and White Dove Crematory (Show all obituaries and information about this funeral home)

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