Sally D. Trowbridge

June 15, 1932October 5, 2019

Trowbridge, Sally Davis, 87, formerly of Providence, RI, Westport, Ma and Vero Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 5th, 2019. Sally was born on June 15th, 1932 in Providence RI.

She was the wife of the late Robinson Cooke Trowbridge, the daughter of the late William Powell Davis and the late Edna Duncan Davis and the sister of the late Neal Powell Davis.

She is survived by her 3 daughters: Alicia Trowbridge Patterson of Dover, MA, Susan Trowbridge Young of Rowayton, CT, and Carrie Robinson Trowbridge Law of Westport, Ma; Her 3 son-in- laws: David Lyman Patterson, William Birch Young and Duncan Keith Law Jr and her 6 grandchildren: Katherine Lee Patterson, Scott Herbert Patterson, Alexandra Elizabeth Young, William Trowbridge Young, Duncan Keith Law III and Robinson Cooke Trowbridge Law.

Sally graduated from The Lincoln School in Providence RI and Bradford Junior College and attended Tufts University. She worked as a Pre-school teacher in Boston before marrying the love of her life, Robinson, in 1953. They would have been married for 66 years! Besides being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, Sally was an excellent needle crafter. She knit sweaters for everyone and taught needlepoint at the Handicraft Club in Providence for many years. She designed and hooked many intricate oriental rugs including a stair runner covering 13 stairs in her house, as well as many large 3-dimensional wall hangings.

She was an amazing miniaturist, building, decorating and electrifying dollhouses of all sizes and dabbled in decoupage and making Fabergé eggs. Every year at Christmas, she would design and put together absolutely gorgeous, intricate Christmas scenes for the center piece of the Christmas table, with much humor added. She was a remarkable athlete playing badminton, golf and competitive team tennis. She was an active volunteer at the Lying In Hospital, now known as the Women and Infant’s Hospital, in Providence and helped run the hospital’s gift shop. She was a talented gardener and an active member of the Buzzards Bay Garden Club until 1982, when they moved to Vero Beach for the winters. Sally was also a member of the Colonial Dames of Providence.

Despite all these talents, family always came first to Sally! She was a past member of the Agawam Hunt Club and a member of the Acoaxet Club, the Elephant Rock Beach Club and the Spindle Rock Yacht Club in Westport Harbor Ma, as well as a member of the Moorings Club in Vero Beach, FL.

Burial will be private. A celebration of Sally’s life will be held in Westport, Ma in the Spring, 2020. In lieu of Flowers, donations can be made in Sally’s honor to the Westport River Watershed Alliance, PO Box 3427, Westport, MA 02790


  • Burial Private, Services to be announced


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Donna Cordeiro & Family

October 11, 2019

Sending sympathy and prayers.

Susan Maloney

October 10, 2019

Our hearts go out to the entire Trowbridge family at this sorrowful time. Sally was a force and she’ll be long remembered by all of us who knew her at the Acoaxet Club. May she Rest In Peace and her loving memories sustain you and remain in your hearts forever.

Susan and Keith Maloney
Bristol, RI

May Kernan

October 9, 2019

To Rob and Sally’s daughters and extended family, please accept my deepest sympathies. It was a privilege coming to know both of your parents through their amazing service to Women & Infants. Your mom was a spitfire, lighting up a room with her opinions, humor and her raucous laugh. I know you will miss her terribly, but there is no doubt that her memory will be indelible.