Irene (Pemental) Teves
99, of Newport, formerly of Casey Drive, Middletown, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2013, at Heatherwood Nursing Home.
She was the wife of the late Frank Medeiros Teves Jr.
Born in Hamilton, R.I., on Dec. 8, 1913, she was the daughter of the late August and Angelina (Estrella) Pemental of Jamestown. She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Newport.
Irene attended school in Jamestown and Rogers High, but left school before graduating. She was extremely proud and happy when she achieved her life-long goal to receive her high school diploma from Rogers High School at age 82. She was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts and Brownies for many years and was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Head Start program. Her family and friends enjoyed the results of her love of cooking, baking, entertaining and her talented hand with crafts and sewing.
Along with her beloved husband Frank, their front door and kind hearts were always open. She lived her adult life in homes in Newport and Middletown, but loved sharing fond memories of her childhood and family visits in Jamestown. She loved traveling and was especially happy to have had the opportunity to travel to Europe, the Azores and Portugal.
She is survived by her daughters,
Barbara Schaeffer of DeRidder, La., and Darlene and Bill Gammon of Jamestown; four grandchildren, Teri Meador and Rick of Baton Rouge, La., Karl Schaeffer and Nancy of Dallas, Wende Blake and Harry Gould of Middletown, and Aimee Blake and Louis Scherdt of Portsmouth; 10 great-grandchildren, Philip Schaeffer, Grace Hinton, Kristina Blake, James Meador, Lynn Craft, Anthony Schaeffer, Jared Gould, Jeremy Meador, Cameron Monte and Jordan Scherdt; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her seven brothers and three sisters, John, Manuel, Frank, Rueben, James, Albert and William Pemental, Mary Anderson, Lucy Silvia and Lillian Dutra.
Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she leaves her family with the knowledge that they were unconditionally loved and cherished. She will be missed enormously.
Donations in her memory may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Blvd., Suite 300, Frisco, TX 75034.