Art educator and former Mrs. Rhode Island, Kimberly A. (Chrones) Markarian, dies


Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Kimberly A. (Chrones) Markarian, 61, of East Greenwich, has entered Eternal Life after 37 months of battling cancer.

Born in Sumter, South Carolina, daughter of the late Angela and Anthony Chrones. She is survived by her loving husband Robert A. Markarian of East Greenwich, her two beautiful daughters Christin and Ali, her loving and caring brother James Chrones, her sister-in-law Cheryl, her goddaughter Jacqueline and her nephews Nicholas and his wife Sara and Kévin.

Kim had many talents, especially in fashion and art. As a professional model and commentator, she has done numerous shows for Jordan Marsh, Cherry & Webb and the WPRO bridal salon. It was easy to notice that she was the most beautiful woman inside and out that you could meet. She took her talents further in 1988 as “Mrs. Rhode Island” and represented our state with beauty, dignity and charm at the Mrs. America pageant in Hawaii.

Later in life she graduated from Rhode Island College in Arts Education and was employed by Warwick Public Schools. She received the “Elementary Art Educator of the Year” award in 2013 for Warwick and continued her teaching career at RISD where she taught fashion.

Her biggest challenge was about to be met on August 10, 2018, after being diagnosed with 4th stage cancer. She rose to the challenge head on and, for 37 months, visited the Sloan Memorial in New York City every two weeks for her treatment. She became the model patient and continued to guide and counsel others facing similar challenges. Having faced countless obstacles and setbacks along the way, Kim has always persevered. Thanks to her faith, determination and strength, she has rightly received the nickname “Rocky the Fighter”. She went the distance, as did her family and friends. Her support group was truly amazing with her beautiful dog Rocky and her great dog Ryder who continued to bring her joy and comfort.

Her family is eternally grateful for the extraordinary care provided by Dr Nancy Kemeny and the staff at MSK and grateful for the extra time she rightly deserves. Its spiritual orientation was led by Der. Kapriel kept his faith and comfort continued throughout his “fight”.

Her beautiful life was certainly cut short, but the indelible impressions she left on the people whose lives she touched will never be forgotten. She will always be remembered for her philanthropy, kindness and enlightening presence.

She will forever remain our heroine.

The funeral will be on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 8:45 a.m. at the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 142 Centerville Road. (Rte. 117 Warwick), followed by a funeral service at 10:30 am at Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, 402 Broadway, Providence.

Interment will be in Swan Point Providence Cemetery.

Visiting times: Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Tomorrow Fund, (Rhode Island Hospital Campus, 593 Eddy St., Providence, RI 02903) Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church (402 Broadway, Providence RI 02909) Dr. Kemeny’s Regional Therapy Research Fund, (300 East 66th Street, New York, New York, 10065) in his memory would be greatly appreciated.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kimberly A. (Chrones) Markarian, please visit the flower shop.


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