Hannah Jane Baker Daly, of Portsmouth, Dies at 34

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Wednesday 15 December 2021

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Hannah Jane Baker Daly, 34, of Portsmouth, RI, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at home.

Hannah was born in Providence to Susan Baker Daly and William Daly on May 20, 1987. Hana attended St. Philomena’s School, Portsmouth High School, and First School in Providence. She later received a GED with a citation for her outstanding achievement as a result of her high exam scores.

Hannah recently worked for the Newport Tent Company, a job she loved, being admired by her co-workers for her determination and unbridled work ethic.

She was a fan of many types of music. Although her defining characteristic was her constant, deep and enduring love for all animals. Hana was very knowledgeable about all kinds of animals. She read everything she could find on the subject and would spend countless hours watching animal documentaries on TV. I truly believed that there was a dignity in the soul of every creature, big or small, predator or prey, they were all just as beautiful and wonderful to Hana.

Hannah was blessed with a rich mind, sharp intelligence, natural athletic ability, and a kind and gentle spirit. She was forever the heroine of the underdog and the downtrodden. Hannah was very humble, generous and sympathetic. Her smile was a thing of beauty. To see it had to be warmed immediately. Hana possessed a sinister and disrespectful sense of humor. She was hilarious, funny, bold and wild. She was the best friend of all her siblings. However, she was also burdened with a mind that had turned on itself. Over the past 20 years of her life, Hannah has valiantly battled mental health issues including depression and addiction. Her struggle was epic and she had endured more suffering than anyone else. And through it all, the kindness and beauty of her kind soul remained untouched.

In addition to her parents, Hannah is survived by her siblings, Cornelia Daly, partner Todd Smith of Hutto, Texas, Brayden Daly of Palo Alto, California, and William N. In addition, Hannah left behind her natural child Kevin, Ne-Jane, Rose Sands. While Kevin was abandoned to a loving adoptive family at birth, the beauty and joy of open adoption allowed Hannah and Kevin to bond and share a close, loving relationship. Hana is also survived by several cousins, aunts, and uncles who will miss her very much.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and staff at Bradley Hospital and Butler Hospital in RI and Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Visiting hours will take place Friday, December 17 from 3:00-6:00 pm at O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St, Newport.

A burial service for Christians will be held on Saturday 18 December at St. Bernard’s Church, 275 Tower Hill Road, North Kingstown at 9:00 AM.

Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, 163 Smithfield Street, Pawtucket.

Commemorative donations can be made to Friends of Bristol Animal Shelter, 11 Broad Common Rd. Unit 155, Bristol, RI 02809.


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