Damaris S. Atwater

September 15, 1921January 6, 2012

Damaris Sayre Atwater, “Dicie”, age 90, of Little Compton died January 6, 2012.

Born in West Virginia, a daughter of the late David Hay Atwater and Eleanor (Bartlett) Atwater, she spent her youth in Tiverton, lived in Providence for several years, moving to Little Compton permanently in 1949 after having summered there all her life.

Miss Atwater was an Administrative Assistant for Pembroke College in Providence for 15 years. A Historian, she then became a tour guide for the Preservation Society at the Newport Mansions.

Surviving: two sisters and two brothers: Sally Havens, Eleanor Byers and Nathaniel B. Atwater all of Little Compton and David Hay Atwater, Jr. of Englewood, FL and numerous nieces and nephews.

Contributions in her honor may be made to Newport Preservation Society, 424 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI 02809.

Relatives and friends are invited to her Memorial Mass which will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00AM in St. Andrew’s by the Sea, 182 Willow Avenue, Little Compton, RI. Arrangements in the care of WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE, Fall River.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, January 14, 2012

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Edward Christiansen

January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012

Dicie was a friend as well as a customer of mine. I enjoyed hearing her interesting views on many subjects and admired her collection of art, particularly paintings by Martha Cahoon, of whom Dicie was an early admirer.

January 10, 2012

I had the honor and privilge to work with Dicie at The Preservation Society as a guide. She was ever the lady, and had a great sense of fun and a love for the "houses", especially Green Animals in Portsmouth, RI. It was a great privilige to know her, and she will be missed by her PSNC family.

God Bless,

Kim Dolbashian

Marjory O'Toole

January 10, 2012

I worked with Dicie for several summer at Rosecliff in Newport. I was 16 and she was, let's say, a little older. Dicie was full of fun and always had a kind word for the younger guides. I was always so happy to see her at Wilbur's Store in later years. Dicie is a reminder to all of us - especially to young women - that the best thing we can be is our authentic self. She was a delight and she will be missed. I'll think of her with every mermaid I see. My sincere sympathy to all her family and friends.
Marjory O'Toole

Corinne (Hambly) Mustafa

January 10, 2012

My condolences to the Atwaters. I remember Dicie from her visits to the studio of my mother, Corinne Hambly, who was her seamstress in the 60s. I also had the privilege to babysit for her neice and nephew when they were little. Nate and Berta, I hope that you and the rest of your family will be blessed during this sad time by the happy memories you share of Dicie.


January 7, 2012

As the daughter of Jean Durfee Isherwood, I enjoyed many giggles from Dicie. Her laughter is my fond memory, along with her enthusiam for gardening. Perhaps the popcorn balls tied with red ribbon that she gave at Christmas were my favorites. Her mother, Mrs. Atwater, as we were instructed to call her, gave me for my wedding a beautiful bud vase. Dicie gave me knives!! How she loved to walk the beaches of Little Compton collecting beach glass. In their sunroom the glass was displayed, by color in glass jars. I will miss her.