WOONSOCKET – Lillian Riel, 88, formerly of Flat St. Cumberland, died Monday at The Friendly Home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of the late Henry Riel.
Born in Bellingham, she was a daughter of the late Percy and Lumina (Champagne) Hall. She was raised in Cumberland and resided in Manville for over 50 years. She lived at Riverview Apartments in Cumberland for over 20 years.
Mrs. Riel was employed at several mills in the area and at Tupperware. She then worked as a nurse’s aide at the Cumberland Sanatorium before retiring. She dedicated much of her life to being a homemaker.
Lillian enjoyed knitting and participating in various seniors activities.
She is survived by four sons, Raymond Riel, and his wife Pauline, of Woonsocket, Henry Riel of Bellingham, Normand Riel, and his wife Marilyn, of Woonsocket, and Edward Riel, and his wife Suzanne, of Warwick, three daughters, Florence Dery of Woonsocket, Suzanne Carriere of Pascoag, and Yvonne Drawdy of Ohio. She was the mother-in-law of the late Gerald Dery and Thomas Drawdy. She was the sister of the late Albert and Normand Hall and step-sister of the late Roland Duquette. She is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Her funeral will be Saturday at 8:30 am from the Menard-Lacouture Funeral Home, 127 Carrington Ave., Woonsocket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. James Church, Division St. Manville. Burial will follow in the Wilcox Cemetery, Bellingham. Visiting hours are Friday from 4-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham MA. 01701.
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