In loving memory of

Elizabeth Dexter
June 19, 2022

Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Dexter, 76, of North Smithfield, died June 19, 2022 in her home. She was the wife of Arthur "Pete" Dexter, Jr., whom she married November 29, 1969. Born in Providence, she was the daughter of Edward and Angela (Gearin) McLaughlin.

Elizabeth was a telephone operator for the former New England Telephone, until her retirement in 1999. She was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church, and a member of the telephone pioneers. Mrs. Dexter enjoyed summers at Wallum Lake. Her family meant the world to her, and being with them was when she was happiest.

Besides her husband, Pete, she leaves their daughters, Amy Hurteau and her husband, Todd, of North Smithfield, Sarah Bennett and her husband, Neil, of Cranston, and Rebecca Grintchenko and her husband, William, of North Attleboro; her brother, senior priest retired, Fr. Farrell McLaughlin of Cranston; and five grandchildren, Hailey and Thomas Hurteau, Megan and Molly Grintchenko, and Angela Bennett.

Her funeral will be held Tuesday, June 28, 2022 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 63 Church St., Slatersville. Burial is private. Calling hours are Monday from 4-6 PM in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, RI 02895. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Foundation Donor Services, 200 SE 1st St #800, Miami, FL 33131.

Tributes

Dick Potenza wrote on Jun 25, 2022:

"To Pete and the girls: So saddened to hear today---a week after her passing- that Liz 's ordeal is finally over, and she is at peace. Known her since my days in the 1970s at the telephone company. Loved everything about her. Just the best person you could imagine. Liz was so brave dealing with her health challenges. An example in courage. So very, very sorry. Dick Potenza"

Nancy Cooney wrote on Jun 24, 2022:

"Dear Pete, and family, and Mac, We are so very sad to hear of Liz?s passing, and the tremendous loss that it is to all of you. She was always a good person, with a ready smile, a twinkle in her eye, and a friendly word, even as Parkinson?s was taking over her body. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you grieve and adjust to this world without Liz. Keep the good times in your hearts. Ed & Nancy (Coupe) Cooney"

Gail Connell LeClair wrote on Jun 24, 2022:

"So very sorry to read of the death of Liz, she was a beautiful soul. To Pete and your family and Father McLaughlin my sincere condolences."

Susan (Lawrence) Plouffe wrote on Jun 24, 2022:

"I met Liz in grammar school and we became friends. In high school we went to Saturday night dances at the Lodge. I met Pete in high school he was such a happy person. We had a great group of friends in high school. Liz it?s time for you to rest and you will be missed. My condolences to you Pete and your family and to Liz?s brother Father Farrell.?????"

Al Papino wrote on Jun 23, 2022:

"Dear Pete, Your children and Fr. Mac, Our deepest condolences on the loss of a beautiful lady. I had the occasion of meeting Liz & Pete many years ago when I worked for Fr. Mac at St. Ann's Church in Cranston, RI . He spoke about his sister, Liz and her family often. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May she rest in peace. Love, Al & Pauline Papino"

Charles and camille Donahue wrote on Jun 23, 2022:

"Fr mac So sorry for your loss,my she rest in peace??"

Barbara Pimental wrote on Jun 23, 2022:

"Pete, please accept my deepest & dearest sympathies. You & I have known each other all through 12 years of school. I knew Liz in High School. Both of you were such fantastic people! And such a nice couple together. I know that you have raised a beautiful family together. We?ve all been out of Burrillville for a long time, but memories abound there! So please , again, accept my heartfelt sympathies. God bless you as you walk through these next few days. With loving prayers, Barbara Gaucher Lenau Pimental. 1946. BHS. "

Kate McCarthy wrote on Jun 22, 2022:

"What a beautiful lady who created a wonderful family. Many hugs to the famiky at this tume. "

Maureen Wowk wrote on Jun 22, 2022:

"My fellow phone company coworker and friend, great conversations on our daily commutes together. Her family was everything to her. Think of you often Liz.?"

Lisa Hazard wrote on Jun 22, 2022:

"Pete, Amy, Sa, Becca - Liz will forever be in our hearts. I feel so blessed to have grown up in the most amazing neighborhood of fun and caring families. Liz was always so sweet and kind, and quick with a warm hug. Her physical presence will be missed, but the Heavens have gained an amazing Angel who will spread her love and kindness to all. Please know how much we love you all! With Love, Lee Lee and the Hazard boys"

Bob Durand wrote on Jun 22, 2022:

"So sorry to hear of Liz?s passing, Our sincere condolences to Pete and his Family. May she Rest in Eternal Peace?????? Bob & Rachel Durand "

Joe, Anne, Ryan & Allison Wildgoose wrote on Jun 22, 2022:

"Sending our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. Always keep her memory alive in your hearts. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers."

Heidi Smith wrote on Jun 22, 2022:

"Mr. Dexter, Amy, Sarah, and Rebecca, My deepest condolences to all of you. May you hold all the memories you have close to your heart. Mrs. Dexter was one of the nicest people I ever met! She was always so kind . Sending strength, thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. Thinking of you all. Heidi Smith ( Schnorr)"

Rita Lenihan Battey wrote on Jun 21, 2022:

"I met Liz in the 8th grade in Pascoag Grammar school. Through senior year of high school Liz was always kind and friendly and, might I add, beautifully dressed! She was just one of those people everyone liked. She and Pete were one of the ?it? couples. Everyone liked them. I know she will be a big loss to her family. Rest In Peace, Liz. You surely deserve it. "

MAUREEN WHITMAN wrote on Jun 21, 2022:

"My sincere sympathy to Liz's family. I first met Liz back in our high school days. She was at Burrillville and I at Woonsocket High. Our paths have not crossed in many years but last we did, we shared many good memories of our teenage years. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing. May you now rest in peace my dear old friend. "

Maureen Guilbault wrote on Jun 21, 2022:

"I have so many memories of Liz from the time we met when she moved to Pascoag in third grade that I could write pages. We played Barbie dolls and grew up to taking care of our own baby ?dolls?. A group of us (the BGs) were together often (sometimes daily) through school, weddings, babies and then grandchildren. In later years we got together almost every month to talk and mostly laugh. We all stayed good friends through all these years. These are memories that I will always cherish. I will miss Liz until we meet again."