Beryl U. Flanigan, born 12/6/1930 and more lovingly known to many as “Nana”, passed away the morning of November 16, 2020 peacefully and simply exactly as she had wanted. Able at this time to rejoin her soul mate and husband, who had predeceased her, Woodford Flanigan. The couple has been married since she was 18, in 1948.
“How lucky I am, Winne the Pooh once said, to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard.”
Blessed are those that have known Nana; even for but a short time.
She was unique, a one of a kind woman. She knew how she felt and always was honest with those she met. She was an avid Red Sox fan, rarely missing a game on tv in all her years. Often ready at any moment to take over the coaching job! She was strong hearted, feisty, witty, and enjoyed so many simple pleasures. No frills and thrills for her; lunch of a lobster roll with friends or family and a cold beer was as fancy as she would get. From her home on Mishnock Lake she spent much time watching the hummingbirds at the feeder each day in her later years, making puzzles, watching games shows and playing games of rummy cube with anyone who would be willing to let her win. Her granddaughter, Carrie and her family brought her great joy. She enjoyed watching the great grandchildren play, laugh and grow through the years and she was always the Nana who had the hidden cookies, butterscotch candies and ice cream treats to share. On a “big day out” Nana would convince her daughter, Robin, whom she lived with for nearly 20 years, to take her to Foxwoods. The two would go off in hopes of winning the big jackpot but would mostly just come back with stories of laughter and silliness to add to their memory book. Nana would tell you she wasn’t rich all the time, but she sure had a life full of things that were precious to her. In her earlier retirement from Mr. V’s Nana (and Gramp) spent many years as snowbirds and she now leaves behind an abundance of memories in North Port, Florida that will always be so special to them both. Horseshoe tournaments, bocce ball, beach days, card games at the clubhouse and lifelong friends that are like family. In her most recent months she became most loved by two sweet great grand-doggies, Leia and Cooper, who will love and miss her so very much.
Beryl is the daughter of the late Leona Porter and Winford Weber. She was born in Warwick, Rhode Island and made her home on Johnson's Pond in Coventry for many, many years before moving to Mishnock Lake with her daughter, Robin Barry and her loving son in law, Kirk Barry. Beryl also leaves behind a son, Phillip Flanigan. Beryl has always had a special bond with her granddaughter, Carrie Graham and her husband Stephen Graham and their two children Gabriella and Tanner. She built a great relationship with Kirk Barry Jr and his son Kole Barry, as well. All will miss her dearly. Beryl was predeceased by her grandson Kyle Sprague and it is hoped that she is now holding him once again. Glenroy Foster is Beryl’s only living sibling whom she kept close throughout her life. Her eight other siblings have predeceased her.
A private celebration of life will take place at Gorton Menard Funeral Home. The family wishes to thank with all our hearts the staff at Woodpecker Hill Nursing Home for everything they did to make this difficult time easier. Our family always felt cared for and we are so deeply filled with gratitude for your kindness and patience.
In our eyes there will never be another Nana like you; but we are so blessed that it is you we have to keep in our hearts. We promise to “behave”; as you always, always told us to when parting ways. Until we meet again, sweet nana.
In lieu of flowers donations in Beryl's name can be made to Woodpecker Hill, 2052 Plainfield Pike, Greene, RI 02827.
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