2009-11-19 / Obituaries

Diane Cartier Caswell

Diane Cartier Caswell, longtime

resident of

Jamestown, died Thursday, Nov. 12, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife of the late Frank Caswell.

Diane was born in 1933 to Paul and Gloria Cartier of West Warwick and grew up with her brothers, Jean and Peter. She graduated from R.I. College of Education in 1954, and she and Frank were married in 1956. They lived most of their 50 years together in Jamestown, a town that became as much a part of Diane as it was of Frank. There, they raised a family and were active in the community.

Diane was an integral part of the Jamestown school community for 25 years, teaching math and other subjects for the sixth and seventh grades. Around town, she was involved with many different groups, notably the Jamestown library board, community theater and volunteering in the schools after

her retirement. She considered herself a proud member of “The Beach Ladies” of Mackerel Cove.

Diane is survived by her five children and the dear child of her dear friend: Peter, Paul, Lisa, Chris, Lori and Nora.

She was very proud of her nine grandchildren, who were among the many who referred to her affectionately as “Mimi.” She will be remembered by them for many things, not the least of which was an endless supply of cookies. In her later years, her “posse” became an extension of her family: A group of sisters of the heart. All her family and posse and extensive circle of friends knew of and shared her love of cooking, politics, the Red Sox and the Patriots.

Diane has requested that gifts in her memory take the form of donations to the Jamestown Philomenian Library, any children’s organization or The Lewy Bodies Dementia Foundation.

Diane will be remembered today, Nov. 19, at 4 p.m. at a service at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Narragansett Avenue in Jamestown.

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