Margaret R. (Nichols) Toole


Margaret R. (Nichols) Toole, age 86, of Arlington Avenue, Warwick, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Brentwood Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Frederick J. Toole.

Born in Warwick, a daughter of the late Waldo A. and Katherine E. (Talty) Nichols, she lived in Warwick for most of her life. Margaret was formerly active in the Gorton Junior High School PTA and was a past president of the John Greene Elementary School PTA. She taught CCD at St. Benedict Parish in Warwick, and she enjoyed painting.

She was the mother of James E. Toole of West Warwick, Frederick M. Toole of Warwick, Margaret R. Abaldo (Daniel) of Yerno, California, Claire K. Kirchner (Larry) of Warwick, Lawrence W. Toole of Bothell, Washington, Barbara A. Lane (David) of Warwick, Martha E. Fortin (Edward) of Warwick, Kathryn S. Chamberland (Robert) of Coventry, Matthew M. Toole (Carol) of Warwick, Anne P. Cabrera (Manuel) of West Warwick, Joanna M. Toole of Warwick, Andrew P. Toole of Warwick, Daniel U. Toole (Jennifer) of Warwick and the late John J. “Jack” Toole, Robert A. Toole and Mary E. Toole. She was the mother-in-law of Yvonne Toole and the former mother-in-law of Janet Martin, Emily Toole and Connie Toole. She is survived by 41 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren, she was also the grandmother of the late Vincent Abaldo, Robert Toole and Joseph Toole. Margaret was the sister of Catherine E. Atkinson and William E. Nichols, both of South Kingstown, and the late R. Maureen Scanlon, James G. Nichols and Anne M. Garlock. She leaves many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Her funeral will be held on Friday, January 24, at 8:45 a.m. from Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Avenue, Spring Green, Warwick, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict Church, 135 Beach Avenue, Warwick. Visiting hours will be on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 3-7 p.m. Burial will be in Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Visit


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