Kathleen "Kay" M. Faria, 92, of Portsmouth passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at her daughter's home in Portsmouth. Mrs. Faria was born in 1925 in Rockland, ME. She is the daughter of the late William H and the late Frances V (Knowlton) Weed. She was married to the late Joseph E Faria.
While in High School, Kay started working as an operator for the local telephone company. Soon after graduating from Rockland High School in 1943, she and her best friend volunteered to go to Hyannis, MA where operators were needed during the war effort. With their friendly and cheerful personalities, they became known as the "Sunshine Girls", as they rode their bikes around town. Later, they moved again, to Newport, RI, where Kay met her future husband, Joseph E. Faria. His family was very welcoming and she quickly made many new friends on Aquidneck Island, where they happily settled down for the rest of their lives. Although RI became her home, she always loved introducing family and friends to the beauty of Maine. There were many visits to the Rockland Lobster Festival in her childhood hometown, where her sister, Eleanor, lived, as well as many visits to the Sebago Lake Region, which is where her brother, Charlie and his family settled.
Kay returned to work as an operator for AT&T later in life, working in Newport, Fall River, MA, and Providence, RI before retiring in 1986. She was also active in the Portsmouth United Methodist Church community, Telephone Pioneers of America, the Girl Scouts of America and VFW Post 4487. Kay loved reading, cooking, and sharing her creations with everyone. Her backyard was her special place, where she loved gardening, watching birds and just relaxing in the sunshine.
Other than her parents, Kay is preceded in death by her husband, her stepmother Izzelle Andrews Weed, two brothers, William H Weed Jr. and Charles D. Weed and her sister Eleanor W. Mathieson.
She is survived by her daughter, Eleanor F. Dwyer, and her husband Charles P. Dwyer of Portsmouth, RI, two grandsons, Dr. Patrick C. Dwyer of Indianapolis, IN and Joseph E. Dwyer of Oakland, CA, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be Friday, October 20 from 10-11am at Connors Funeral Home, 55 West Main Road, Portsmouth, RI. Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown, RI.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday October 21, 2017 at 11am in the Portsmouth United Methodist Church 2732 East Main Road in Portsmouth, RI
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island, 1085 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904 or to the Portsmouth United Methodist Church, PO Box 265, Portsmouth, RI 02871
St. Columba's Catholic Cemetery
OCT 20. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Connors Funeral Home
55 West Main Road
Portsmouth, RI, US, 02871
OCT 21. 11:00 AM
Portsmouth United Methodist Church
2732 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI, US