Gloria Bonay Smith, affectionately known as “Cutup,” of Providence, Rhode Island, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at Hallworth House surrounded by her loving family. She was a beautiful spirit, as warm and comforting as the sunshine she loved, as well as a tenacious fighter who fought a lengthy battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Allan and Sarah Hamlin Bonay, the wife of the late Edward Lee Smith Sr., and sister of the late Blanche “Tillie” Taylor.
Gloria worked at Alan Jewelry Company in Providence as an inspector for numerous years before retiring. Thereafter, she dedicated her time to her loving husband of 36 years and their growing family. When she wasn’t entertaining family and friends and/or cooking her specialty dish “gumbo,” Gloria enjoyed watching television, playing cards, and collecting magnets from the various, exciting places she or her family had traveled. Of all her passions and hobbies, however, Gloria loved playing BINGO. No matter where the game was played, when the moment was right, that sweet low voice was always ready with the energy and force of a trumpet to shout “BINGO.”
She was a loving wife, mother, sister, relative and good friend. She leaves to mourn her children: Romona Lisa Phillip and husband Stan, Robin Smith, Leslie Smith Laughlin and husband Paul, Edward Smith Jr. and wife Dawn, Edward Anthony Cooley and wife Nurys. She is also survived by her two sisters Allene R. Maynard and husband Richard and Claire L. Lunsford and husband Eugene all of Providence; her grandchildren: Dajuana, Jovan, Serena, Ashley, Elise, Alexander, Paul Jr., Isaiah, Devin and Olivia as well as a host of great grandchildren.
Visitation Sunday from 5 pm – 8 pm in the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith Street, Providence. Funeral Monday beginning at 11 am followed by a chapel service at 11:30 am. Burial will follow in the historic Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Blvd., in Providence.
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