Johnston’s Marjorie Ann (Buteau) Whetstone dies aged 93

Friday 03 December 2021

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Marjorie Ann (Buteau) Whetstone, 93, of Johnston and formerly of Lincoln passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, West Warwick. Beloved wife of the late Elmer E. “Rip” Whetstone.

Born in Pawtucket, daughter of the late Walter and Ella (Theileg) Buteau, she had lived in Lincoln for many years and lived in Florida before returning to Rhode Island and settling in Johnston.

Marge has had many paths in her career. She started as a telephone operator in her late teens, was a homemaker while raising children, and joined the workforce later. Her love and skill for tailoring has taken her through many avenues, from Jockey Silks to her uncle’s business, to veils and wedding dresses to Belle Bridle of Pawtucket. Sewing also led her to branch out into sail making with the former Rowse Sails. At one point during this buffet of interesting jobs, she also worked as an agent for John Hancock Life Insurance.

She and Rip retired in 1990 when they started RVing, they bought land at Emerald Pointe RV Resort in Zephyrhills, Florida where she made many friends. While there, she was part of a quilts group that made quilts for the VA hospital and a group of foster children. While in Florida, Rip became Disney’s Santa Claus and Marge joined him, working alongside him as Mrs. Santa Claus at the Epcot American Pavilion.

She is survived by her four children, William E. and Jolene Whetstone of Benson, AZ, twin daughters, Joyce Whetstone and Alvaro Rodriguez of Warwick and Joanne W. and Ron Nolen of Reading, PA, and John E. and Susan Whetstone from Chepachet; two brothers, Ralph Buteau of Pawtucket and William Buteau of Warwick; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Arthur Buteau, Walter Buteau, Robert Buteau, Earl Buteau and Joseph Buteau.

His services are private at his request.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to The Salvation Army, 102 High Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 would be appreciated.

For the guestbook, please visit the Bellows Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements entrusted to the Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marjorie Ann (Buteau) Whetstone, please visit the flower shop.

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