Barron, Marie Donalda Antionette (Poirier)


Marie Donalda Antionette Barron (Poirier), surrounded by her family and angels, passed away peacefully on March 19th, at the age of eighty-seven. 

She was the wife of the late Edward J. Barron. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Marie Barron Bathgate, husband Andy Bathgate, and her cherished grandchildren, Lindsey Bathgate Cavanagh, (husband Erik) and Andrew Bathgate, her great-grandchildren Jack and Lyla-Rae Cavanagh.  Especially important to her were her nephews/nieces: John Timothy Mahoney, his wife Amy, and their children (Padriag, Seamus, Katy). David Johnston, his wife Carol, and children (Jeffery, Scott.) Karen Loftus, her husband John and their children Eric and Emily. Brenda Furtado, Bernice Mellon, Brad Mellon, Brian Mellon, and their families. The late Keith Lightlower. 

Marie was the daughter of the late Arthur and Eva (Morgera) Poirier. Sister of the late Beatrice Mahoney, Loraine Johnston, and Arthur Poirier. She grew up in the Florence Street area where the neighborhood was lined with family, friends, and many memories. Her childhood and lifelong friend Theresa Morgan has all the stories.  

She graduated from St. Charles High School and most proudly St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, 1957. 

Upon marrying Eddy, they moved to Connecticut. During this time, her daughter Lisa was born. Marie worked third shift so that she could be with her daughter during the day. In Connecticut, she established lifelong friendships with Nancy Morrisey, Pat Como, and Paulette Pavlik. The three friends would take turns swapping kids for rotating nights out.  One big highlight with Nancy was having lunch and meeting Paul Newman. (a crush Marie had) 

Marie and her family returned to Rhode Island. She loved nursing and was so proud her granddaughter followed her. Marie had several nursing positions that included St. Vincent’s Day Care (she so loved the babies and to see them grow), Homefront Healthcare, and up until a few years ago, Helping Hearts.  

Faith was especially important to Marie; she was a communicate of St. Timothy’s parish and assisted in serving as a reader and serving communion. She was a member of the Legion of Mary. 

Some of her favorite pastimes were cooking, going to the casino, playing bingo, a little bit of travel, trying new restaurants and frequenting her favorites: Marchetti’s, Angelo’s and Vesuvius. Her most cherished times were spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. First Friday and Sunday Mass were most important. Her nickname was “Little Nana.” 

No one made the salad dressing like Nana. You could call her a “foodie” Her weekly visits would always include goodies. All would go right for the bags to see what she brought. She had a bakery for bread, a bakery for pizza, a bakery for breadcrumbs. Her chicken cutlets were amazing.  

Her style was impeccable. She loved buying things; she would always say “I bought this because I know that someone would need it.” At times, a bit sassy, but a great conversationalist. Loved politics and had her opinions. Always wanted to make sure you were okay. If you knew Marie, she was grateful. Grateful for her family, friends, and faith. Her smile was warming, her words of wisdom to the point. Marie was a loving wife, great Mom, Nana, Little Nana, Godmother, Aunt, and friend. She is loved and will be missed. 

 Her funeral will be Friday at 9 AM from the Frank P. Trainor & Sons Funeral Home, 982 Warwick Avenue, Warwick. Mass of Christian Burial in Saint Timothy Church, 1799 Warwick Avenue, Warwick at 10 AM.  Calling Hours Thursday 5-8 PM. Burial will be in the Rhode Island Veterans memorial Cemetery, Exeter.