Barbara Donnelly

Obituary of Barbara Donnelly

Barbara Ann (Herrick) Donnelly, widow of former Newport Mayor Humphrey Donnelly III, died peacefully Sunday, May 30 at Newport Hospital after a long illness. She was 77 years old. Born in Newport on September 16, 1932 she was the only child of Harold and Margaret (Haggerty) Herrick.

Mrs. Donnelly, whose father was a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy, attended schools in several cities, returning to Newport to graduate from Rogers High School. She married Humphrey J. Donnelly, son of Humphrey and Edna (Winters) Donnelly, in 1952.

In addition to raising a large family and managing her home, she was an accomplished political wife, campaigning at her husband's side, attending numerous events and representing the city with grace. She was an accomplished seamstress, cook and baker who was famous among family and friends for her cake.

After her husband's death in 1997, she became a dedicated volunteer at St. Augustin's Church, where she was a communicant, and served as secretary for the Museum of Newport Irish History.

Mrs. Donnelly is survived by her daughters Marilyn Donnelly, Sandra Henderson and her husband Robert, and Maureen Cotsoridis and her husband Theodore; sons Humphrey IV and his fiancee Tricia Milburn, Stephen and his wife Barbara, and Patrick and his wife Raquel, all of Newport; grandchildren Shari Donnelly, Julie Henderson, Nicole Cotsoridis, Stephanie Cotsoridis, and Anthony Cotsoridis, all of Newport; Andrea Winquist of Barrington; and Robert Henderson of Fall River; five great-grandchildren, Mia and Andrew Loyola, Kyle and Nina Henderson, Paige Labrecque; numerous nieces and nephews, and her beloved cousin, Dr. William Haggerty of Pennsylvania.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at St. Augustin's Church, Carroll Ave, Newport. Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery, Middletown. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, from 5-8pm in the O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., Newport, RI.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Augustin's Church, 2 Eastnor Rd., Newport, RI.