Maureen F. (Knowles) LaChance, 63, of Newport died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at home in Newport.

She was the wife of the late Raymond LaChance.

Born on October 21, 1953 in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Richard Robert Knowles and Colleen Patricia (O’Connell) Knowles.

Maureen was an avid reader, gardener, and animal lover. She looked forward to tending her garden every year, and always had an abundance of vegetables and herbs to share. She had the ultimate green thumb, taking plants others would deem beyond saving and nurturing them back to health. Her love of cats was well known and whether she had two or five, she always found room for the occasional stray that showed up at her door. This love of animals also extended to backyard wildlife. She spent time each day watching the wildlife through her kitchen window, logging in her notebook the different birds she saw.

She is survived by her daughter, Regina M. LaChance and her husband Jeremiah Q Nippert of Newport, RI, her siblings Ann E. Knowles of Newport, RI, Richard R. Knowles of Waltham, MA, James P. Knowles of Southborough, MA, and Peter H. Knowles, of Newport, RI.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday January 8, 2017 from 3-6pm in the Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, RI.

Her funeral will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9:00am from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00am in St. Augustin’s Church, Carroll Avenue, Newport, RI

Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery, Browns Lane, Middletown, RI.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Potter League for Animals, PO Box 412, Newport, RI 02840 or at www.potterleague.org

This obituary first appeared on www.memorialfuneralhome.com, it has been republished with permission.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.