Marguerite Thomas

Obituary of Marguerite Josephine Thomas

Marguerite Josephine Dade Thomas, 89, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at the Manatawny Manor in Pottstown, PA. She was born in Boston, MA, to the late Ruth (Bell) and Dr. Donald S. Dade. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her brothers Raymond Haskins and Donald Dade Jr., husbands William Black and Frederick P. Thomas and her sons David and Marshall Black.


Marguerite grew up in New Bedford, MA, and moved to Rhode Island in the early 1950s. She resided in Providence until moving to The John Clarke Retirement Center in Middletown, RI in 2007. In 2015 she moved to Pennsylvania to live closer to her longtime friends Marvin and Terryl Marsh.


Marguerite received her Bachelor of Arts degree from RI College in 1981, and she was employed in the Unit Services Department of Rhode Island Hospital for over 40 years.


Marguerite was a longtime member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Providence where she served on numerous boards and committees. She was an accomplished pianist and volunteered her talents frequently, including playing regularly for the vesper services at the John Clarke Center. In addition she served two terms as the president of the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of RI, and was on the board of the American Baptist Churches of RI, receiving their Kochhan Award in 2006.


Among other organizations, Marguerite was a member of the Mothers Club of the Boys Club of Providence and served on the board of the Steere House, a retirement home. Her retirement years were filled with many volunteer activities. In 2004 she was honored as “volunteer extraordinaire” by South Providence Neighborhood Ministries, and through the years she received commendations from both houses of the legislature and the governor of RI. She also received a letter from President Bill Clinton acknowledging her nomination for the Golden Rule Award.

A celebration of her life via Zoom will be scheduled in February. To be included, please indicate interest by emailing by February 7. There will be a graveside service at Oakland Cemetery in Cranston, RI, when the COVID restrictions have been lifted. Memorial gifts can be made to the American Baptist Women’s Ministries of RI (Attn: Meredith Eckel, First Baptist Church in America, 75 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02903). Arrangements are by in Pottstown, PA.