Mary Ann (Dias) Gamer, 83, of Middletown passed away on Sunday, July 18th. Born on July 8, 1938 in Newport, RI, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Mary (DeCosta) Dias. She was the wife of the late Edward Gamer.
Mary Ann was a graduate of St Catherine’s Academy in 1956. She was a devoted communicant of Jesus Saviour Church and was involved in all aspects of church life. She was a member of the parish council and was actively involved in the Holy Ghost Feast and the annual bazaar for over 50 years. She also served as a member of the church’s eucharistic ministry and taught religious education to the parish’s youth.
Mary Ann was also civic minded. She was a member of the Vasco ga Gama Society, the Rosary Sodality, and the Portuguese American Women’s Civic League periodically serving on the executive committee of all three organizations.
With all of that, Mary Ann loved to travel. She especially looked forward to her annual trip to Maui with her husband and later in life with her children. She was also fond of European river boat cruises and other exciting getaways.
Mary Ann began her working career at the young age of 16 alongside her Aunt Gilda at Sears and Roebuck that continued over 20 years. Once her children were grown, she returned to work as a school secretary in Middletown Public Schools and upon retiring she continued to volunteer her talents at the Portsmouth Melville School Library until the age of 80.
She is survived by her children, William Gamer of Newport, RI, Janet Andrade and her husband Jay of Middletown, RI, and David Gamer of Portsmouth, RI. She’s also survived by her siblings, James Dias of New Hampshire and John Dias of Middletown, RI. She also leaves her two grandsons, Jason and Nathan Andrade of Middletown and grand daughter Jacqueline Ruseni of Plympton, MA in addition to three great-grandchildren, and countless nieces & nephews.
Mary Ann was predeceased by her brother Arthur Dias Jr. and sister Joanne Donnelly.
Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 21, from 4-7pm in Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway, Newport, RI.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 22, at 9:30am, in Jesus Saviour Church, Newport, RI.
Burial will follow in Newport Memorial Park, in Middletown, RI.