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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-09-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | MAY 9-15, 2019 SMITHFIELD / OBITUARIES 15 Joyce Ballou Joyce Ballou, 77, of Smithfield, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, at the Greenville Center with her family by her side. She was the lov- ing wife of the late Louis (Bud) Ballou. Born in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late John ( Jack) and Ruth (Leeming) Dailey, and a step- mother to the late James ( Jimmy) Ballou. She lived in Cumberland for most of her life before moving to Smithfield in 2006. Joyce was employed by Carol Cable for 30 years, her greatest accomplishment in her career was locating and arranging for miles and miles of cable to be shipped to Ground Zero for the search and rescue effort on 9/11. Joyce was always willing to help her family and friends when need- ed, and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew her. Joyce is survived by her daugh- ter, Heidi (Schofield) Plamondon and her husband, Kevin, of Greenville; two stepdaughters Christine Summerly of Pawtucket and Lori Carr of Cumberland; grandchildren Ashley, Bobby, Steven, Tyler, Kaitlyn, along with her most cherished great-grand- daughter Lily. Joyce also leaves behind her brothers Jack Dailey of Michigan and Dennis and Mark Dailey both of Cumberland, along with several nieces and nephews. Joyce was laid to rest in a private burial at Resurrection Cemetery. Donations can be made in Joyce's memory to the Beacon Hospice, 1 Catamore Blvd, East Providence, RI 02914. Visit www.thekeefefuneralhome. com . BALLOU do you know? The Valley Breeze & Observer distributes almost 10,500 papers in greater Smithfield every Thursday. SMITHFIELD – Smiles and cheers lit up the court outside the Bello Center at Bryant University when three Rhode Island children living with serious illness were surprised with custom-built themed playhouses in the fourth Project Playhouse reveal on April 25. Bryant worked with three local Career and Technical Education programs for Project Playhouse, con- structing for the children an undersea lair, a Transformers hideout, and a Harry Potter Cottage. The children, selected by Camp Sunshine and Rosemary's Wish Kids, a local nonprofit that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Rhode Island, arrived at Bryant for "arts and crafts," unaware of the playhouses waiting outside for them. After watching a video showcasing the work high school students put into creating the themed houses, the children walked outside with their families to see the playhouses waiting outside for them. The first family to see the house, the Alford family of Middletown were excited to see at Transformers Playhouse, a wooden building paint- ed as a Transformer loaded with toys constructed by the Newport Career and Technical Center construction students. Brothers Justin Jr., 4, and Patrick, 2, ran into the playhouse and began playing with the Transformers inside. "How do you like it?" asked Sara and Justin Alford, the boys' parents. "Thank you," Justin Jr. said. Michael Ryder, an 8-year-old with leukemia, squealed with joy when he saw the undersea lair built by the Chariho CTE construction program. He showed his father, Jonathan, the 3D-printed telescope sitting on the front porthole window, surprised by the detail. Michael took the helm of the play- house outside the front door, which Chariho Construction technology teacher Dave Bannister said had come off one of his tractors at home. Above the wheel was a 3D-printed shark head and an adjustable peri- scope. "You have no idea how much this kid loves sharks," Jonathan said. Lastly, Coventry CTE presented Hailey Fish of North Kingstown with a Harry Potter Cottage complete with a magic wand and a characteristically sagging roof. Student Jayden Briggs and Derek Moore, both seniors, worked as managers on the project since last September. The pair want- ed the playhouse to look realistic, creating an aged, antique look. "It feels very good to be able to help these kids," Derek said. Hailey said she loved her play- house, and was excited to have it moved to her back yard. Her par- ents, Jessica Kirtlink, Brian Fish and stepdad William Kirtlink, said the detail on the playhouse is amazing, and they can see her playing in it for years to come. "It's perfect for her," Jessica said. Rosemary's Wish Kids President Tom McGovern said Project Playhouse is an amazing event. "It's kids helping kids helping kids," McGovern said. Cumberland native Hannah Ratcliffe, a senior at Bryant University and daughter of the proj- ect's founder, Bryant University man- agement and service learning instruc- tor Christopher Ratcliffe, helped in organizing the many parts in the project. Professor Ratcliffe assigned students to find a way to support Rosemary's Wish kids, and they decided to bring dream playhouses to seriously ill children. "Everyone has gone above and beyond what we asked, and we are so grateful for the support," Hannah said. She and management students rallied support from Navigant Credit Union, Target and Bishop Hendricken Catholic High School. Local children granted wish of unique playhouses By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTOS BY CHARLES LAWRENCE HAILEY FISH, 7, sits with her family in the doorway of her new Harry Potter play- house at an April 25 Project Playhouse event at Bryant University. From left are BRIAN FISH, Hailey's father, JESSICA KIRKLINK, her mother, and WILLIAM KIRKLINK, her stepfather. Below, JUSTIN ALFORD, left, and his brother, PATRICK, look out the door of their Transformers playhouse. In your time of need, The Valley Breeze & Observer will print your loved one's full obituary for a small charge. The paper also places the obituary on our web site, valleybreeze.com, as soon as it is provided to us by your family's funeral director. Notification to friends and neighbors is also made weekdays on WOON-AM radio announcements. Should you desire our services, kindly inform your funeral director. The full charge is $90, or $125 for lengthy obituaries, in the edition of your choice. You may place the obituary in any of our other editions for $50 each. Thank you. OBITUARIES 3rd Generation Family Owned and Operated Geoffrey Greene ~ LfD Jennifer Greene faGan ~ LfD Veronica Houston ~ LfD 2251 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 231-9307 • www.robbinsfuneralhome.com 70th Anniversary Year REMEMBRANCE Happy Mother's Day Val It will be another Mother's Day without you. You're still in our thoughts every day. We miss you. LOVE, HUSBAND, DAVID CHILDREN, RACHEL, ERICA AND DAVID JR. Evelyn M. Campbell September 8, 1919-May 11, 2018 An angel lived among us A Gi from God above. She showered us kindness And shared with us her love. Evelyn's Family

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