Funeral for Nuala Pell held in Newport

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed was among the dignitaries who attended the funeral for Nuala Pell, the wife of the late Sen. Claiborne Pell, in Newport Monday, April 21, 2014.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Family and friends gathered in Newport Monday for the funeral of Nuala Pell, wife of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island.

The private service was held at Trinity Episcopal Church. The Providence Journal reports that Nuala Pell’s son, Christopher T.H. “Toby” Pell, remembered his mother as “a gentle woman in the finest tradition” who loved reading, the beach, her garden and ocean sunsets.

Relatives say her health had been failing when she died April 13 at 89. She was active in politics in her later years and was with her grandson, Clay Pell, when he announced in January he was running for governor.

Among those who attended the funeral were Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and members of the state’s congressional delegation.

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