Eloise Mendonca

August 3, 1931May 22, 2018
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Eloise (Trotter) Mendonca, age 86, of Swansea, passed away after a brief struggle with cancer on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. She passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family.

She is survived by four children, Catherine Rodrigues and her husband Kenneth of Dartmouth, Daniel Mendonca and his wife Thelma of Newport News, Virginia, Deborah Freitas and her husband David of Swansea and Christine Nardelli and Mark of Westport; six grandchildren: David and Joshua Freitas, Christopher and Cassie Rodrigues, Julia Nardelli-Gross and Mark Nardelli, Michael and Matthew Mendonca; five great-grandchildren: Dillon Freitas, Jackson and Zoe Rodrigues, Josephine and Wilder Nardelli-Gross; and her very close and long-time, best friend, Ana Viveiros of Fall River.

Born in Table Grove Illinois, daughter of the late Russell and Verna (Cameron) Trotter, she was the sister of the late James and Paul Trotter, and Norma Jean Hammond.

Eloise grew up on a farm where she gained an appreciation for the simple things in life and a strong work ethic that she carried with her throughout her life. She attended Western University, majoring in Chemistry. After graduating, Eloise had the unique experience of teaching children in grades one through eight in a small, one-room school house, and later worked as a chemist which brought her to Fall River where she met her late husband, Daniel Mendonca.

Eloise lived in Fall River, then Swansea, since 1951. For over 60 years, she enjoyed working in the retail industry, for Bradlees and then Target. In fact, she was one of the first female managers for Bradlees in the Northeast Region (and known fondly as “Mrs. B”). In both companies, she was highly-esteemed and well-known for her extreme dedication, organization, unparalleled work ethic, and her fairness to all.

As a Daughter of the American Revolution, she enjoyed researching her family genealogy and sharing stories from her childhood and past generations. One of her favorite stories was how one of the Trotters was

the youngest Pony Express riders who rode with Wild Bill Cody. She also enjoyed traveling with her friends and family, particularly spending time in Ogunquit ME (and shopping for bargains at the Kittery Outlets!). One of her favorite trips was to see Celine Dion in Las Vegas where she also visited the Grand Canyon, and of course, her family trips to Disney World.

Visiting hours will be at the Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home in Swansea on Monday, May 28, 5:00 to 8:00 PM. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM, also at the Waring-Sullivan Funeral Home. The burial will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery on Gardners Neck Road, also in Swansea. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her honor may be made to Southcoast VNA, Attn: Community Affairs, 200 Mill Road, Fairhaven, MA 02719.


  • Southcoast VNA


  • Visitation Monday, May 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Burial Tuesday, May 29, 2018

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Eva Cabral

May 29, 2018

I remember my family just arriving to the US. Your mom didn't speak a work of Portuguese, and we didn't speak a word of English. I was only a little girl, I was 4 years old in a new world. But her gentle smile calmed my fears. She embraced our family and tried so hard to make us feel welcome. I'll never forget those visits, moments, and special smiles. God Bless her. I wish for you all, inner peace and I hope you remember all the special moments as I do and all the sadness is gone. She's at peace. Not easy losing a mom. I know your pain. Time never heals the pain, it just dulls it. I pray for you all. And I know, she is resting in peace now. My deepest condolences to you all.


Karen Noons

May 28, 2018

My dearest Eloise,
I just said good bye to you which was one of the hardest things I've done besides my mother. I miss walking into Target everyday and being able to see your smiling face. I will always have a special piece of you in my heart, until we meet again my friend
Love your friendship and will cherish it always


Jo Ann Buchanan

May 27, 2018

No words can express the ache in my heart for your loss and for my loss of a wonderful aunt who I cherished and admired. Your memories of her will console you and the love of family that you all have and the closeness that you all share will comfort you during these days of grief and in the days ahead...please know I am here for you and share in your loss....lots of love to you all....JoAnn & Richie

John Vickery

May 27, 2018

Cathy very sorry for your loss of your mother. This lost is not easy at any time. Keep the faith and always hold those memories dear in your heart. I can't attend due to fact that I was just released from the hospital today due to blood pressure and heart issues. My prayers are with you and the family

Frances Dacey

May 24, 2018

Eloise, I know you are soaring above with the Angels - May you rest in Peace. My love and condolences to all - I can still remember you dropping (kind of) Christine and me at off at a North Park Concert..... ahh a story to share in your honor.