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Ellen Howard Briden
EAST PROVIDENCE - Ellen Howard (Smith) Briden, 92, died peacefully on November 24, 2010 at her home at the Linn Health Care Center, East Providence. She was the wife of the late Earl H. Briden, her husband of 58 years.
Born in Pawtucket, March 22, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Agnes (Howard) Smith. Prior to moving to East Providence a few years ago, she had lived on Birchland Avenue in Pawtucket for about 50 years.
For most of her life, she was an active member of the former Thompson Methodist Church in Pawtucket and then Wesley United Methodist Church in Lincoln, where she served as financial secretary for many years.
In her youth, Ellen played for the Milkmaids Softball Team and participated in the National Championship. She was the proud mother of three children and two stepsons, Rev. Beverly E. Stenmark of Winthrop, ME, Joyce C. Webster of Reston, VA, Robert N. Briden of Barrington, NH, James Briden of The Villages, FL and the late Dr. Earl F. Briden. She is also survived by her sister, Julia LaBarre of North Providence and by numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Service of Celebration of her life will be held MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010 at 10 A.M. at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 55 Woodland Street, Lincoln. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call at BELLOWS-FALSO FUNERAL CHAPEL, 160 River Road, Lincoln SUNDAY 2-5 P.M. In lieu of flowers, gifts celebrating Ellen's life may be sent to United Methodist Elder Care, 40 Irving Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914. For Directions and Guest Book, please visit www.bellowsfh.com.