Virginia M. Deterra
Virginia M. Deterra, 100, of Jamestown, died Dec. 13 at the Grand Islander Center in Middletown, where she has resided the past 10 years.
Born June 16, 1912, she was educated in the Jamestown schools and a graduate of Rogers High School, class of 1930. She was employed as a domestic cook the first seven years of marriage for the C. Lloyd Thomas family of Jamestown and Concord, Mass., returning to Jamestown in 1940 to raise her family. In 1960 she provided homemade meals and pastries for Frances’ Diner until its closing in 1970. She was a life-long communicant of St. Mark Church, and a member of Our Lady’s Sodality. She was also a past member of the Jamestown senior citizens group until entering the nursing home in 2002.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Hugh (Diane) Drummond of Halifax, Mass., and Mrs. William (Darleen) McKay of Middletown, and a son, David of Jamestown, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, a dear friend, Mrs. Jocelyn (Thomas) Shaw, Fairfield, Conn., a sister-inlaw, Gertrude DeSoit, and many nieces and nephews.
She was the wife for 50 years of the late Anthony J. Deterra, who passed away in 1982. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances (Faria) DeSoit; sister to the late Joseph DeSoit Jr., Anthony DeSoit, Mrs. Joseph (Mary) Andrade II, Mrs. Joseph (Louise Faria) Gallagher, Mrs. Samuel (Anne) Matoes, Mrs. Manuel (Frances) Silvia and Mrs. Jules (Josephine) Reis. She was also the beloved aunt of the late Anthony Faria, Louise Richardson, Thomas Faria, Joseph F. Andrade Jr., Brian Andrade and Joseph DeSoit.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark Church in Jamestown. Her burial will follow in St. Mark Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grand Islander Center, 333 Green End Ave., Middletown, RI 02842.