Carolyn Marks


Marks, Carolyn, 96, died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at her beloved Tamarisk.  She was the beloved wife of the late Abraham Marks. Born in Kingston, NY, a daughter of the late Louis and Blanche (Jagolinzer) Backerman, she had lived in Warwick for 20 years, previously living in Providence.  She was the co-owner of East Side Jewelers.  Devoted mother of Daniel Marks of Providence, Ronald Marks and his wife, Cheryl, of West Warwick, and Morris Marks and his wife, Beverlie, of Needham, MA.  Dear sister of the late Paula Rice.  Loving grandmother of Aaron, Justin, Rashid, Andrew, Ilana, Alisa, and Alexander.  Funeral services will be held FRIDAY at 10:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Tamarisk, 3 Shalom Dr., Warwick, RI 02886.  Shiva will be observed at Tamarisk on Friday from 1-3 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m.


  1. Michelle Marks
    Mar 27, 2019

    Dear Leslie, Steve, Paul, Lois, Daniel, Ronald, Cheryl, Morris, Beverlie, Aaron, Justin, Rashid, Andrew, Ilana, Alisa, and Alexander,

    On behalf of the Chicago/Harvey Illinois branch of the Marks family, I (Michelle Marks) am sending you our sincerest condolences for your loss of Carolyn Backerman Marks. I’m so sorry that I have missed the opportunity to meet Carolyn. This is a strong motivator to not let much more time pass before I do get the welcome opportunity to meet many of you in Providence. May her memories of Carolyn be a blessing.
    Warmly, your cousin, Michelle Marks – great granddaughter of Isaac Marks

  2. Sherry Avella
    Mar 28, 2019

    I am so sorry for your loss.

  3. Dr.Alioune Cissoko
    Mar 28, 2019

    Ron, this is a sad day for all of us and I share your pain,your sarrow you and your brothers. May the almighty God welcome her in his forever paradise.

  4. Arline Cusick
    Mar 28, 2019

    Ron, Cheryl & the Marks Family,

    Thinking of your family at this difficult time, and hoping that you find comfort in your memories of happier moments.

    Arline Cusick & Family

  5. Margie Lewis
    Mar 29, 2019

    I am so sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May her memory be a blessing.

  6. Joel and Donna Marks
    Mar 29, 2019

    We are so sorry to hear about Carolyn’s passing. She was such a sweet lady. I have fond memories of her.

  7. Katia Paris
    Mar 30, 2019

    My deepest sympathy, Ron, to you and your family. Your mom enjoyed a very full life and she leaves behind a proud legacy through her sons and grandchildren.
    You are in my thoughts,
    Katia Paris

  8. Patricia Roberge McWilliams
    Mar 31, 2019

    Danny , Aaron and the Marks Family.

    Please accept my heartfelt sympathy with the loss of your mother and Bubby.
    I am happy that I had the pleasure to know such a lovely and gracious woman.
    I always will remember Carolyn with her love of books and the adventures she found in reading.
    A gracious , lovely lady has gone to her final rest. May you all find comfort in the days to come with the warm and pleasant memories you have of times shared with her.

  9. Paula Goldberg
    Mar 31, 2019

    I first met Carolyn in April 2005 when my parents moved into Tamarisk. She made them feel welcome. Sharing a love of musical theater, she made my father especially happy when she participated in a show tune sing along my father put together shortly after he moved in. Carolyn had an eye for jewelry and created many beautiful necklaces or bracelets in the jewelry making class I led. She generously lent me a shawl to match an outfit I was wearing for a special occasion. When my family ran the New Year’s Eve party at Tamarisk, Carolyn was a welcomed guest. Dressed to the nines, she delighted in singing and was a willing volunteer when Bruce Kalver, the magician, asked for one. I enjoyed playing Scrabble with her. She was an amazing gardener and nursed a few of my mother’s plants back to health.
    May her memory live on as a blessing.
    Paula Goldberg

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