In Memory of




Obituary for Theresa A. Pharris

Theresa A. (Cayer) Pharris of Alton, R.I., passed away on May 14, 2021 at the Apple Rehab Center in Watch Hill at the age of 90. She was born in Alton to Joseph and Lumina Cayer and was a lifelong communicant of both Our Lady of Victory and St. Vincent de Paul Parishes.

Theresa worked at Raytheon Co. in Boston, Mass. and then for many decades as a receptionist at Cottrell & Sons which later became Harris Graphics. During the Vietnam War she held leadership roles with American Legion Auxiliary / Downey Weaver Post #34. After retiring she spent her time with family and friends, traveling and enjoying numerous hobbies like making hooked rugs. In particular she enjoyed traveling with her long term partner Stanley Civco to visit historic sites like Mount Rushmore and Washington, D.C.

While Theresa never had children of her own, she was loved and adored by hundreds of nieces, nephews and extended family members across the country. She took great pride in her family and was an active participant in their lives, always curious to hear of recent travel adventures, join family celebrations and support her family in any way she could.

Theresa was someone who lit up every room and social gathering she attended. She was an animated storyteller that could entice laughter from even the most serious acquaintances. Her spirit was generous and her laugh contagious. She lived life to the fullest, enjoying summer lobster bakes and loved good conversation over a cup of coffee. Theresa was quick witted, kind hearted and a respected friend to many.

Theresa will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure to have met her. She is survived by her brother Wilfred Cayer. She is predeceased by many Cayer siblings: Elizabeth Gerrish, Cecile O’Keefe, Louise Burton, Kit Gouvin, and brothers Wilfred, Fred, Paul, and Joe Cayer.

Visiting hours are respectfully omitted. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Church, 169 Main St., Ashaway on Thursday, May 20th at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Westerly.