Obituaries: Mary Martell

Mary Martell, 96 of Bristol passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Countryside Manor, Bristol.  She was the wife of the late Albert N. Martell.


Mary was born in Providence, RI on September 28, 1920 daughter of the late Francis and Olivia (Smith) Russell.  She was a member of St. Matthew Church, Forestville.


Mary was devoted to her family and made the best grilled cheese sandwiches.  She was also the family Scrabble champion.


She leaves her daughters, Elaine Rosella, Joan Colbert and her husband Richard Colbert, Jr., all of Bristol, Gail Murphy of Newington and Norma Jean Soisson, widow of Mark Soisson of Murrells Inlet, SC;  grandchildren Michael Rosella and his wife Diana, Steven Rosella and his fiancée Jenna Cavaleri, Kevin Rosella; Rick, Tim and Katie Colbert; great grandchildren Colin, Bryn, Griffin, Laura, Sean and Kadyn Rosella; and special nephews Daniel and Ronald Gallagher.  Mary was also predeceased by her sister Harriet Gallagher.


Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville (Bristol) until the procession leaves at 11:30 a.m. for a 12:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Matthew Church, 120 Church Ave., Forestville.  Committal services and interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.  To leave an online condolence, share a memory or photo, please visit Mary’s memorial page at