Beatrice A. Edward (Cotta) passed away peacefully on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Newport Hospital. Her loving Husband Horton and Daughter Margo were at her side. Beatrice was Born on July 12, 1938 in Tiverton Rhode Island, the daughter of Alvin and Mary Cotta (Carreiro). She attended Durfee High School in Fall River, MA. She is survived by her husband Horton N. Edward of Newport, her son Michael S Edward and his wife Anne (O’Hanley) of North Reading, MA, and her daughter Margo Strong (Edward) and her husband Rodney Strong of Eureka, CA. She is predeceased by her Daughter Michelle S. Edward. Beatrice was the sister of Evelyn Massey of Tiverton, RI, Anthony Cotta of Oklahoma, Dorothy VanDerveer (deceased), Alvin Cotta (deceased) and Arthur Cotta (deceased). She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren, Sean O’Loughlin, Liseanne Winters, Alyson Nadelson (Edward), Andrew Edward, Richard Shears, Phillip Edward, Kate Edward and Mary Villalobos, and 10 great grandchildren.
Bea was a long-time employee as bookkeeper at West’s Automotive Service in Newport. Never one to sit idle, she also held jobs in many professions that interested her including dental hygienist, Daycare provider, and even short-order cook!
Bea’s two greatest passions were her family and friends. Her enthusiastic and upbeat personality always shone through whether she was eagerly hearing updates on her children’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s lives, or living it up with her sisters, cousins and friends at Newport Grand---or any other venue where fun was happening. She was one of a kind and surely helped make some fun memories in a lot of people’s lives. She will be missed---but mostly she will be remembered.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 pm, Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport, RI. A prayer service will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 10 am. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Beatrice’s name to The Salvation Army, by visiting www.give.salvationarmyusa.org