In loving memory of

Mariette I. Gendreau
February 17, 1936 - November 16, 2020

Mariette I. (Caplin) Gendreau, 84, of Portsmouth, RI, passed away with her children by her side, on November 16, 2020 in Royal Middletown.

Mariette was born in Fall River, MA, daughter of the late Louis and Aldea Lincourt Caplin.

Mariette graduated from Jesus Mary Academy in Fall River. She went on to graduate from the Bristol Community College, School of Nursing in Fall River and worked at the Catholic Memorial Home for many years. She worked for Lifespan taking care of patients with developmental disabilities.

Mariette was a devoted Catholic and a communicant of St. Anthony's Church in Portsmouth. She enjoyed traveling the world with her sister, BINGO and belonging to the Portsmouth Senior Center but mostly, she loved spending time and taking care of her family and taking care of others.
Mariette is survived by her son Paul E. Robbins and his wife Barbara and her daughter Jeanne Helger and her husband Brian and all of Portsmouth.

She also leaves four grandchildren Jason Helger of Tiverton, Christina Helger of Portsmouth, Allison Helger of Fall River and Molly Robbins of Portsmouth. Mariette was the great-grandmother of Brianna, Amani, Jason, Treysean, Madison and Jayden. She also leaves her sister, Monique Oliveira of Fall River.

Mariette was the sister of the late Leopold Clapin and Jean-Louis Clapin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM in St. Anthony's Church, 2836 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI.

Calling hours are respectfully omitted. A celebration of Mariette's life will be held at a time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the James L. Maher Center, 120 Hillside Avenue, Newport, RI 02840.

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Brian and Lisa Whittier wrote on Dec 2, 2020:

"Paul, Jeanne and family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Many memories were made trekking up and down Easton between our houses. Her and my parents always got along so well. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time. Brian and Lisa Whittier"

Cathy Gaw wrote on Nov 18, 2020:

"I worked with Mariette for several years at the Catholic Memorial Home. She was kind and caring and deeply loved her family. May she Rest In Peace Cathy Gaw"

Kim DeMasi wrote on Nov 17, 2020:

"Jeanne & Paul, I still remember the smile on your mother?s face the day I first met her. I walked into the house in Common Fence Point, full of mud & dirt having trekked through the marsh along the way. Your meme was cooking in the kitchen. Your mother greeted me with her (now well known to me) smile through gritted teeth. I loved her dearly and remember her fondly. I owe my love of my profession, nursing to her, forever grateful for it! May she rest peacefully. Kim"