PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Family and friends gathered Friday in Providence to say goodbye to Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin.
Goodwin, who broke barriers for women at the State House, died last week after a battle with colon cancer. She was 58 years old.
Dozens of Rhode Islanders past and present filled St. Augustine Church for her funeral Friday morning to pay their respects, including Gov. Dan McKee and his predecessor, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.
Even though Goodwin was a faithful member of St. Patrick Church, Father James Ruggieri explained that his parish is too small and wouldn’t be able to accommodate those attending her funeral service.
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The R.I. Senate honored Goodwin’s legacy Tuesday in lieu of previously scheduled hearings, which were pushed to next week.
Goodwin leaves behind two sisters, Sheila and Maureen, as well as several nieces and nephews; her partner, former Lt. Gov. Charles Fogarty; and her close friend Kristen Silvia.