In loving memory of

Joan M McLaughlin
April 16, 1932 - November 15, 2021

Jenny M. McLaughlin, 89, of Newport, RI, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2021, surrounded by her family and the wonderful caring staff of Newport Hospital. Joan was born in Seekonk, MA, to the late John and Mary (Viera) Ortiz. She was the wife of the late Maynard (Slim) McLaughlin.

Jenny was a beautiful person, inside and out. She graduated from the Newport School of Nursing and quicky went to work in the birthing center at the Newport Hospital, where she enjoyed working for 35 years. Upon retiring, she volunteered at the hospital and worked as a wonderful greeter at the Newport Naval Commissary. She was a beloved sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and baking in her spare time, but mostly spent her time helping others in any way she could. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Joan is survived by her children: Michael McLaughlin (Sherry), of Abilene, TX, Joan Lombardi (Michael), of Maynard, MA, and Patrick McLaughlin (Pamela), of Middletown, RI, and her sister, Gail Cordeiro (Bob) of Seekonk, MA. and eight grandchildren she simply adored: Kelly, Patrick, Emily, Ashley, Brittany, Kevin, Chrissy, and Stephanie.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Joan is proceeded in death by her daughters Colleen McLaughlin and Carol Ann Smith.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, November 22, 2021, at 10:00 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Spring Street, Newport, RI. As per Jenny's wishes, calling hours are omitted and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to St. Mary's Church in her memory.


Cheryl Ann McCray wrote on Nov 19, 2021:

"My deepest sympathy to the family for the loss of this dear sweet woman. May God bless you with comfort and peace at this time of sorrow. Keeping you in prayer. Cheryl McCray"

Beth Casey wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"To The McLaughlin Family, My deepest sympathy to you all. Jenny and my mother in law ?Nat? are reunited. Hold those wonderful memories close to your heart.. Beth Casey"

Raymond and Deborah Dutra wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"Rest in Peace Mrs. McLaughlin"

Raymond and Deborah Dutra wrote on Nov 18, 2021:

"Dear Pat, Pam, Kelly and Patrick, Ray and I offer of deepest sympathy. Your mom was a lovely lady. Bringing joy to others was her gift and she happily shared it with everyone. We are grateful to have had the honor of meeting her. You are in prayers. Raymond and Deborah Dutra"

Angela Volpicelli wrote on Nov 17, 2021:

"To the McLaughlin family My sincerest condolences for the loss of Jenny. I remember her being a mentor to me when I was a student. She was a lovely lady and a compassionate nurse. She told my sister and I that our mother was her "Big Sister" in Nursing School. She will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May she rest in peace."

Eileen Santaniello wrote on Nov 17, 2021:

"I so loved Jenny ??I started working with her on Tower One in 1978 with so many wonderful memories??She taught me so much and truly a blessing to all her patients, their families and coworkers??"

Vicki Dyl wrote on Nov 17, 2021:

"We are so sorry to hear of your loss Patrick and Pam and family. Praying for your peace during this time. The Dyl Family"