Rena M. Arruda

November 24, 1932May 18, 2018

Rena M. (Raymond) Arruda, age 85, of Fall River, passed away Friday, May 18, 2018 at Somerset Ridge. She was the wife of the late Joseph Arruda.

Born in Fall River, a daughter of the late John and Mary (Mello) Raymond, she lived in Assonet and wintered in Fort Myers Beach Florida for many years.

Mrs. Arruda enjoyed dining out, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by one daughter, Cynthia Hanna and her husband Stephen of Somerset, three sons, Gary Arruda of Fall River, Dana Arruda and his wife Pamela of Sebastian, Florida and Todd Arruda and his partner Kenneth Souza of Fall River; one step-son, Gregory Tavares and his wife Anne of Assonet; nine grandchildren – Stefanie Tavares, Jillian Tavares, Gregg Tavares, Kyle Arruda, Kory Arruda, Kendra Arruda, Kourtney Arruda, Jeremy Arruda and Brendan Hanna, nine great-grandchildren – Tyler Arruda, Bryce Figueroa, Mya Figueroa, Jayce Figueroa, Owen Alix, Blake Alix, Seraphina Gagnier, Caitlin Hanna and Cole Hanna with three on the way; many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Alfred Raymond, Edward Raymond and Dolores Calis.

Her Funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 8 AM from the Waring-Sullivan Home at Rose E. Sullivan, 866 County Street, Somerset, followed by a Mass at 10:30 AM in Saint Thomas More Church, 386 Luther Avenue, Somerset. Visiting hours are Wednesday from 8:00 – 10:00 AM prior to the mass.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Drive, Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760

Burial will be private.


  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society



  • Visitation Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, May 23, 2018


  • Burial

Rena M. Arruda

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Elaine Wiggins

June 7, 2018

Dear Cynthia, first I would like to say on behalf of my mother Ines Terceira,and I how sorry we are for the loss of your mother. My mother lived in the same apartment complex as your mom and had become friends with her through Lorraine and John. My mother was very sad to hear of the news of her passing and if she could have gone to the memorial she would have, but she now resides in a nursing home, and I live in Virginia. In meeting your mother I found her to be a genuine and kind person and liked her very much. She had told me how much you liked to baked, a skill that you had learned from her and your Dad. I would have sent you a card but did not have a address, so I am hoping that you will receive this message to let you know that my mom and I were thinking of her.
Elaine Wiggins (Elly)
6848 Mill Creek Dr.
Zuni, Va. 23898

Karen Brewer

May 20, 2018

To All of the Arruda Family I'm so sorry for your loss may the memories that you shared help to ease the pain. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With My Deepest Sympathy Karen