2012-07-26 / Obituaries

Genevieve (Matoes) Currie


(Matoes) Currie passed away

July 16, 2012, suddenly and surrounded by her family to meet with God. Born in Jamestown, she was the daughter of Frank Matoes and Mary (Serpa) Matoes Sheehan.

Genevieve was the first child from the Matoes family to graduate from high school and did so from Rogers High School in Newport in 1938. During the Hurricane of 1938 she lost three cousins at Mackerel Cove on the school bus that had just dropped her off from school.

Genevieve worked for many summer residents of Jamestown after high school. She worked as a telephone operator and worked at the Radar Station at Beavertail where she walked to and from work, and made $4 a week. She met her husband, Jim, who was in the Navy, in 1947. They married Feb. 6, 1948.

She worked for many years for New England Telephone as an operator, and retired after Jamestown went to dial telephones in 1964. In 1966, Genevieve and Jim opened a restaurant, Carol’s Diner, at the base of the Jamestown Bridge and ran Carol’s Mobile Canteen out of the diner. They served Jamestown businesses with coffee, donuts and sandwiches, and they also delivered to the Newport Bridge construction workers throughout the duration of the project. When the bridge opened in 1969, she retired for the last time, although as of late, she often thought she had to report to work at New England Telephone once again.

Genevieve wasn’t the greatest cook, but she could bake. She delivered cookies, cakes and custards to BankNewport, the local post office, St. Mark Church, her mechanic, and many friends and neighbors. She was a member of the Pioneers Telephone Club, Holy Ghost Society, and the Portuguese American Citizens Club. She carried the Portuguese crown for two of its parades and volunteered for its many festivals.

Genevieve, who had a great sense of humor, loved to play cards, read, go shopping, travel and spend time with her family in Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. She traveled to many places with her husband, and after he passed away in 1985 she continued to visit with family and friends often.

She is survived by her four children: Jim “the Fonz” Currie of Canton, N.Y; Janice (Solberg) Manchester and her husband Sam of Gardnerville, Nev.; Carol Gillerin and her husband Ted of Jamestown; and Rick “The Brat” Currie also of Jamestown. She is also survived by her three sisters: Peg Sheehan of Warwick, Joan Anderson and her husband Andy of Zebulon, N.C., and Evelyn Wright of Miami, Fla.; and her brother-inlaw, Dennis Swigert of Miami, Fla.

She was predeceased by her brother Frank Matoes, and her sisters, Dorothy Nunes, Marge Moran, Midge Wright and Jackie Swigert. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 28, at 9 a.m. in St. Mark Church. Burial will be in R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter. Visiting hours are Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home in North Kingstown.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Potter League for Animals or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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