2008-05-08 / Obituaries

Grace Walls, 97

Grace Butterworth Walls, 97, died peacefully Wednesday morning at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence following a short illness. She was the wife of the late Alden R. Walls, a prominent Narragansett Bay yachtsman.

She was the daughter of the late John R. Butterworth, Jr., and Florence

(Jackson) Butterworth, and sister of the late Ralph Butterworth and Dorothy (Butterworth) Young.

Her survivors include two sons, Alden R. Walls, Jr., of Jamestown, and Richard B. Walls, of Foster; and a daughter, Marcia (Walls) Bosworth, of Bristol; also eight grandchildren, who include Matthew and Jonathan Hayes of Bristol; Wendy Mc- Govern of Warwick, Kim McKiernan of Scituate, and Scott Walls of Johnston; Andrew Walls of Richmond, Va., Garrett Walls of New York City, N.Y., and Jeffrey Walls of Fall River, Mass. There are thirteen great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Walls was born in Providence on Dec. 1, 1910, and raised in Edgewood where she attended local schools and was active in several youth groups including the Cranston Assembly No. 2 of Rainbow Girls. She was a graduate of Lincoln School and Katherine Gibbs School.

A resident of Barrington for 47 years, she previously lived in Andover, Mass., Atlanta, GA., and Old Greenwich, Conn. She served as assistant manager of the Cherry and Webb store at the Barrington Shopping Center, and earlier she was employed by Rich's Department Store in Atlanta, and Bloomingdale's in Stamford, Conn. After retirement from Cherry's, she was a proofreader at the East Bay Newspapers.

She was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church in Barrington. For several years she was a crewmember of her husband's Herreshoff S-Boat, and later his Ensign, both prize-winning boats. She was a life member of both the Rhode Island Yacht Club and the Barrington Yacht Club.

She was close to her extended family and was considered its matriarch by the eighty members of the Butterworth clan. Her personal charm and her recollection of life experiences were always a great treat for her family and friends.

A memorial service for Mrs. Walls will be held on Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. in the Historic Chapel at Swan Point Cemetery, Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, with the Rev. C. Neal Goldsborough, Rector of St. John's Church, officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Home & Hospice Care of RI, 169 George St., Pawtucket, RI 02860. Information and condolences at www. carpenterjenks.com.

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