Freda A. (Willis) Dunford

December 28, 1932 ~ December 15, 2019 (age 86)


Dunford, Freda A., (Willis), 86 of North Providence, died December 15, 2019 at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital surrounded by her family.  She was the wife of the late Donald J. Dunford.  Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late George P. Willis Jr. and Freda A. (Douthwaite) Willis Smith and Samuel I. Smith.  She also was granddaughter of the late George P. Willis, Sr., the first police chief of the town of North Providence.


Freda was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Providence and was previously a member of the former Roger Williams Baptist Church.  She also was a 60-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.


She was the mother of Debra L. Smith and her husband William and the late Donald W. Dunford, mother-in-law of Bonnie Dunford, and grandmother of Andrew Smith, Heather and Holly Dunford.


Her funeral will be held Thursday at 9AM from the Robbins Funeral Home, 2251 Mineral Spring Ave, North Providence, followed by a service at 10 AM in the chapel at Swan Point Cemetery. Burial will follow. Calling hours are Wednesday 4-7 PM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to RISPCA, 186 Amaral St., Riverside, RI 02915.  For full obituary, visit

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December 18, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Robbins Funeral Home
2251 Mineral Spring Ave
North Providence, RI 02911

Funeral Service
December 19, 2019

10:00 AM
Swan Point Cemetery
585 Blackstone Blvd.
Providence, RI 02906

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