We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Bellows Funeral Chapel
PAWTUCKET- Rochelle "Shelly" Gousie Anderson, 65, of Cleveland St., passed away at home on Saturday, May 28, 2022. She was the wife of William L. "Andy" Anderson. They had been married for 41 years. Born in Central Falls, she was a daughter of the late Roland E. and Claire (Masse) Gousie.
Shelly grew up one of 11 and family has always been the most cherished part of her life. A self-appointed '60s child, she was a free spirit, sharply intelligent but dreamy, cheerful but feisty, already developing a life-long tendency to follow her own rules. While always fiercely independent, Shelly would do anything to help others. Shortly after starting college, she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, and despite the impact this had on the rest of her life, she refused to let it define her. At 18, she met Andy, eventually falling in love not only with him but also his children. She was overjoyed to gain not just a husband but a family. Shelly fell into a job as a Unit Secretary in Labor & Delivery, which became a passion. She took great pride in going above and beyond her official responsibilities, taking every opportunity to learn more. Some of her favorite recollections involved working with residents and being able to contribute to their educations. Beyond work, Shelly was always a voracious reader, enjoyed doing the daily crossword puzzle, and had recently learned to play Mahjongg. She enjoyed meeting her family regularly for meals, bird watching, or any excuse to spend time together. Despite the fact that she and Andy were both incredibly stubborn, they loved and took care of each other. As a mother, she never stopped pouring out love and support.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Elizabeth, and brother Andre.
Besides her husband William, she is survived by her daughter, Erica M. Anderson of Chicago, IL, children by marriage Dawne, Dwight, Kristen, Gregg, Neil, and Jennifer, grandchildren Kyle, Joseph, Max, Zane, and Carlo, great-grandchildren Ruby and Marley, and one more she was so looking forward to meeting, as well as siblings Gene, Michele, Danielle, Marguerite, Marc, Patrice, Marie, and Roland Jr., many nieces and nephews, many cousins, and family-by-choice Joseph Allard, who was like a grandchild to her.
Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service at 12 Noon on Saturday, June 4, 2022 in Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Rd., Lincoln. Colorful attire is encouraged; Shelly hated funeral black. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Pawtucket. Calling hours respectfully omitted. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory to an organization of your choice supporting juvenile diabetes, children with medical needs, or dogs would be appreciated. For guestbook and directions, visit: www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com