PROVIDENCE- Rev. Frederick K. Jellison, 96, of East Street died Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at the Tockwotton Home, Providence. He was the husband of the late Ruth E. (Cummings) Jellison. They were married for over 67 years.
Born in Bangor, ME, a son of the late Hosea E. and Olive I. (Doherty) Jellison, he had lived in Woonsocket for 25 years, Lincoln for 27 years, North Providence for 2 years before moving to Providence 1 years ago.
Rev. Jellison was an Episcopal Priest and the Rector Emeritus of St. James Episcopal Church, Woonsocket, where he served for 25 years from 1955 - 1980. He was ordained on March 19, 1944. He began his career as Rector of Trinity Church in Findlay, OH for 2 years, and then served as Assistant to the Rector at Trinity Church in Toledo, OH for 2 years before becoming Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Saginaw, MI for 8 years. Following his retirement in 1980, he served as Associate Priest at St. Stephen's Church, Providence from 1980 - 1990. He was a member of the Church of the Redeemer, Providence.
He was a 1940 graduate of Brown University, a 1943 graduate of the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA, where he received his Master's of Divinity. In 1977, he received His Master's Degree in Education from Rhode Island College.
He was a member of the Legion of Honor of the Woonsocket Kiwanis Club. He served as Chairman of the Board, Past President (twice) and the Board of Directors of the Northern Rhode Island Mental Health Services. He also served as Chairman of Episcopal Charities and the RI State Council of Community Health Services. He was Chairman of Health Licensure Review Committee, where he was the recipient of its award from the RI Department of Health.
He is survived by four daughters, Margaret E. Noel of Riverside, Kathleen E. Jellison and her husband, Henry Magadentz, M.D. of Pawtucket, Jane E. Jellison of Providence, and Grace E. Swinski and her husband, Joseph of Cranston; one son, John Jellison and his wife, Claudine Cassan-Jellison of New York City, NY; three grandchildren, Matthew Jellison, Ivy and Olive Swinski; and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert E. Jellison.
A Requiem Eucharist will be held MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 11 A.M. in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 50 Park Place, Pawtucket. Private burial will be in River-side Cemetery, Fairhaven, MA.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at BELLOWS-FALSO FUNERAL CHAPEL, 160 River Road, Lincoln SUNDAY 2-5 P.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rev. Jellison's memory to Episcopal Charities, 275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903-1928 would be appreciated. For Directions and Guest Book, please visit
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