Medical 05

Ruth M. (Smith) Kokolski

February 4, 1923 ~ April 6, 2022 (age 99)


MANVILLE- Ruth M. (Smith) Kokolski, 99, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.  She was the beloved wife of the late Dr. George M. Kokolski. Ruth was born in Portsmouth, VA, the daughter of the late Jesse R. and Gertrude (Ashley) Smith. She had lived in Lincoln since 1945.

In Portsmouth, Virginia, she graduated from St. Joseph's Academy and King's Daughters Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1944. She dedicated much of her life working as a Registered Nurse in VA, and also in Rhode Island at the Cumberland Sanitarium. She worked along side her husband in his private practice until their retirement.  

Mrs. Kokolski was an active member of the local community. She served for over nine years as a member of the Lincoln School Committee. During this time, she was a member of three building commissions, including the one that resulted in the construction of Lincoln High School in the 1960's.  Additionally, she and her husband ran polio clinics in town. Later in life she served as a volunteer at the RI Blood Center. Over the years, many friends and neighbors benefited from her southern hospitality as she visited and comforted the sick and their families.  

We will miss Grandma for her stories, her wit, and the love of her family.  And, man, did she make the best fried chicken and hot rolls.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother Jesse R. Smith, Jr., and two sisters Lillie Mae Sandie and Anne Coleman.

She is survived by her two loving children, Janice Ferry and her husband Michael of Manville and Dr. George M. Kokolski, Jr. and his wife Karen of Williamsburg, VA.  She was predeceased by her daughter Jeanne Thomas.  She also leaves six cherished grandchildren Dr. Scott Thomas, Jeanne Scarella, Kate Pacifico, Jessica Weber, Rebecca Ferry, John Kokolski, and two great grandchildren, Matthew and Jenna Scarella, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held Saturday, April 9, 2022 at 9AM from Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Rd., Lincoln followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in St. James Church, 33 Division St., Manville.  Interment will follow in St. Mary's Orthodox Cemetery, Manville.   Relatives and friends are invited and may call Friday 4-7PM at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to Beacon Hospice, 1 Catamore Boulevard, East Providence RI 02914 or NEADS, 305 Redemption Rock Trail, Princeton MA 01541 would be appreciated.

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April 8, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bellows Funeral Chapel
160 River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865

Mass of Christian Burial
April 9, 2022

10:00 AM
Saint James Church
33 Division Street,
Manville, RI 02838


Beacon Hospice
c/o Amedisys, 1 Catamore Boulevard, East Providence RI 02914

305 Redemption Rock Trail, Princeton MA 01541

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