April 14, 2021

Dorothy "Dottye" Louise (Araujo) Patti


Dorothy "Dottye" Louise (Araujo) Patti, 86, of Riverside, RI, passed away on March 25, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Providence, RI to Mary and Manual Araujo. Along with her parents Dottye was predeceased by her beloved sister Eleanor "Ellye" J. Read and her former husband, Anthony "Tony" Patti.

She is survived by two children, Anthony Patti and his wife Lisa and Lorraine Anderson Levine and her husband Donny; her four grandchildren, Spencer, Sammye and Nathaniel Patti and Lillye Anderson; and nieces and nephews from the Patti family.

Dottye had a long career at the East Providence Housing Authority beginning as a clerk in 1968 and eventually serving as the longtime Executive Director before retiring in 2009. Her co-workers were her second family enjoying lunch together and each other's life celebrations.

Dottye was happiest spending time with her family and was especially devoted to her grandchildren. She was so very proud of each of their accomplishments. She loved the beach and spent long weekend days with her sister Ellye at Baker's Beach and on Cape Cod. She was a talented seamstress and loved making clothing and items for her grandchildren. She adored her many pets, especially her beloved Jake. Squirrels, sparrows and other backyard animals benefited from daily feeding and gave her hours of pleasure.

She spent her final years living with her son, Anthony. They welcomed her into their family and gave her love and dignity during her long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

Her funeral will be private. In Dottye's memory the family asks you remember her by spoiling your pets or children or feed a squirrel in her memory! She was incredibly selfless and we were so lucky to have her in our lives.


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