Mass of Christian Burial
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
Obituary of Joanne Adyanthaya
Joanne Catherine Adyanthaya, née Shea, 73, of Houston, TX passed away on Sunday, October 28, 2018 following a long battle with dementia.
Born in Newport, Rhode Island, on March 19, 1945, Joanne spent a happy childhood playing with her Scotties and enjoying Newport’s beaches. Following her graduation from Rogers High School, she entered the Newport Hospital School of Nursing, an experience that would change her life. Although she was a practicing nurse for only three years because she decided to stay home to raise her children, she maintained her nursing license for most of her life and was so proud of her profession that the staff at her assisted living facility regularly noted that she tried to help them with paperwork, dispensing medicine, and caring for the other residents.
Newport Hospital was also where she met her husband of 50 years, Ajit Adyanthaya. The young couple, joined in short order by a son and a daughter, made stops in Massachusetts, Texas, and Nebraska before settling for good in Houston, Texas. While she spent the next 43 years in Houston, she remained a proud Rhode Islander.
Joanne devoted her life to her family and was a wonderful and kind mother, wife, sister, and daughter. She had a great love of animals and would never turn her back on a stray.
Joanne loved Dunkin Donuts, coffee ice cream, Awful Awfuls, the mocha cake from Frasch’s, the House of Pies in Houston, the quahogs from the Valley Inn, Barq’s Root Beer, and Mango Tang. She enjoyed listening to music from the 60s and 70s, particularly Marvin Gaye, Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, and Neil Diamond. Her favorite movie was Bill Murray’s What About Bob?
She is survived by her husband Ajit V. Adyanthaya, M. D., of Houston, Texas, her son Anil and his wife Amy of Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts, her daughter Tara and her husband Rick Boyd of Atlanta, Georgia, her beloved granddaughter Mary Ella, her older sister Nancy Blanchard of Milpitas, California, and her younger brother Howard Shea of Tiverton, Rhode Island. She is survived by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of long-time friends around the U.S. and India.
She was predeceased by her father Martin C. Shea, her mother Ella Shea, and her older brother Martin Shea, Jr. Joanne was also predeceased by her Chihuahua Gizmo and her cats Mikey and Spikey. In addition, she leaves behind the incredible staff from the Lighthouse at Lincoln, where she spent the last two plus years of her life. Their care and kindness will never be forgotten. The family also appreciates the work done by Beacon Hospice; they were a great help.
Visiting hours are 5-7 pm on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport, RI. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Augustin’s Church, corner of Eastnor Road & Carroll Avenue, Newport. Burial will follow at Braman Cemetery, Farewell Street, Newport, RI.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joanne’s memory to the Potter League for Animals, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc., or Nurses House, Inc. would be appreciated.
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