Margaret Motola, 86


CRANSTON, R.I. – Margaret “Magi” Rose Louise Motola, of Cranston, passed away on Aug. 10, 2023, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family. She was the loving wife of the late Dr. Baruh “Bob” Motola, with whom she shared 53 years of marriage.

Born in London, England, she was the daughter of the late Dario and Ida (Hornstein) Benbassat.

After studying at La Sorbonne University in Paris, France, Magi taught French for many years and was also fluent in Spanish. A talented, enthusiastic and knowledgeable antique dealer and auctioneer, Magi enjoyed the pursuit of rare finds, for which she had a rare and special eye, and restoring antiques. Gardening held a very special place in her heart. Her first love, however, was spending time with her family.

Her survivors include her daughter, Lauren Motola-Davis and her husband, Kenneth Davis, and their daughter, Skye, of Providence; and her son, Dr. Allen Motola and his wife, Lisa, of New York City, and their children, Nicholas and Margrit. She was the sister of the late Claretta (Motola) Hayon.

Contributions in her honor may be made to Providence Animal Rescue League, 34 Elbow St., Providence, RI 02903.

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