Hope S. (Freeborn) Hibbad, 97, of Newport died Monday, February 13, 2017 at Grand Islander Health Care Center of Middletown, RI.

She was the wife of the late William F. Hibbad.

Born on August 4, 1919 in Portsmouth, RI, she was the daughter of the late John and Sarah (Huling) Freeborn.

Hope was born and raised in Portsmouth. She was passionate about her home and enjoyed reading her Sakonnet Times and Louis L’amour books. But most of all she loved her family.

She is survived by her children, Beverly M. Nolan of Middletown, RI, William Hibbad of Tiverton, RI, and Cheryl A. Ferreira and her husband Arthur J. Ferreira of The Villages, FL, her brother Farrell Freeborn of Somerset, MA, seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

She was the mother-in-law of the late John J. Nolan and the sister of the late Arthur Freeborn and Homer Freeborn.

Calling hours are omitted.

Her services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Newport Rescue Wagon Fund, 21 Marlborough Street, Newport, RI 02840 or the Middletown Rescue Wagon Fund, 239 Wyatt Road, Middletown, RI 02842

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