Mazelle L. Wood

Mazelle L. (Rocha) Wood, age 59, loving Mother of two daughters, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at Brigham and Women’s Hospital on Thursday, March 9, 2023 after a short but intense rare cancer diagnosis.

Mazelle (Mazie) was born on December 3rd, 1963 in Fall River, MA to Larry and Barbara Rocha of Little Compton, RI. She worked at R.I. Superior Court where she was loved and will be deeply missed. At work she was known as “Crazy Mazie.”

Mazelle was a special soul. She had a passion for life that was unmatched. Mazelle was a published author of a book that chronicled her battle and victory over Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma over 20 years ago (“One Hell of a Ride: Mazie’s Victory Over Cancer”). Her mission in life was to help others that were going through cancer, spreading her message of strength, faith, and positivity by sharing her own story with anyone who needed to hear it.

Mazelle loved horses, traveling, her family and friends, a good glass of Barefoot Chardonnay and her weekly Zumba and Barre classes. She especially enjoyed spending time with her “Little Logan” and “Rockstar.” She had a smile that would light up any room and a way of bringing hope to hopeless situations. Mazelle was a loving Mother, Sister, Aunt and Friend. She was loved beyond measure and will be deeply missed.

Mazelle was preceded in death by her parents Larry and Barbara Rocha and her brother Larry Rocha II. She leaves behind her daughters Jessica (Tim) Palmquist and Kendall (Jacob) Sallar, her beloved Grandchild Logan Palmquist as well as Brenden Palmquist and Mathew Palmquist, her sisters Lisa (Jim) Roies & Tammy (Bill) Needham, her grand-pup Rocky as well as several nieces and nephew.

A ceremony followed by a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2023, 11:00AM at First Baptist Old Stone Church in Tiverton, RI.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Dana Farber Cancer Institute.


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  1. Lori Symonds on March 11, 2023 at 7:05 pm

    My sincere condolences love and prayers to Mazie ‘s family 🙏🏼🙏🏼🥲🥲 She was such a Beautiful person Who loved God and knew her purpose in life to touch as many people in a positive loving way, I ‘ m going to miss our talks laughs , singing crying and secrets threw our love for Christ , I know I will see you again Mazie Gurl Fly high Beautiful Angel 🙏🏼❤️🌹🥲🥲
    In closing I leave John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have enteral life. Amen Amen, 🙏🏼🥲🥲Mazie was so into letting people know she loved God; And that’s where, I find my Comfort 🙏🏼🙏🏼❤️❤️🥲🥲God makes no Mistakes 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  2. Local Union 808 on March 12, 2023 at 5:01 am

    On behalf of The Local Union 808 Executive Board and the Local 808 membership, please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.

  3. Lorie Brown on March 12, 2023 at 7:41 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. May you are a truly special person with such a free spirit. I would watch your videos and think she is such a strong person to put herself out there like that. Cancer? This just sucks. May we will meet in heaven again some day. Love you girl❤️😍

  4. Pirouette Dance Academy on March 12, 2023 at 8:17 am

    Sending our condolences to the entire family. Mazie will be greatly missed by all of us at PDA.

  5. Colleen McGovern on March 12, 2023 at 9:14 am

    I spoke to Mazelle only once on the phone but it is a conversation I will never forget. It was this past October and the empathy, kindness, strength, and compassion she showed to me, a complete stranger, will never be forgotten. She lived to give to others. And though we talked just that once I feel blessed to have made that connection. I will see u again my friend.

  6. Esther Charves on March 12, 2023 at 11:14 am

    I am so very sorry for such a devastating loss to her wonderful family. Mazelle was a kind loving human being who loved her family above all and was dedicated mother and grandmother, she will be sadly missed.

  7. Trenice Roberson on March 12, 2023 at 4:25 pm

    My Mazee, Lord knows I miss you more and more. You never talked ill of any circumstances. You always listened and always gave positive feedback, you are a REAL one. You have showed me that I can always go thru the nonsense and prevail at the end. Your laughter made me feel like everything is going to be okay. GOD knows he has a GREAT one; My dear sweet strong stallion. Thank you Thank you for always being you and leaving your legacy in our hearts. Miss you lady My dearest girlfriend,

  8. Don Wood on March 13, 2023 at 5:54 am

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

  9. Carin Miley on March 13, 2023 at 9:37 am

    My deepest & sincerest thoughts, prayers & condolences go out to Mazie’s family. She was a beautiful person whose mission in life was to help people. She was one of a kind & will be missed greatly! Mazie, you were the strongest person I’ve ever known. No matter what life threw at you, you met each challenge head on with fierce determination & incredible positivity. You were a true friend who would always listen & offer advice. You would brighten our days by just being your “Crazy Mazie” self, especially when sending us silly dance videos! It was an honor & a privilege to be your friend. I love & miss you so much, but I know you’re at peace now with your mom, dad & Larry.

  10. Dawn C Branch on March 15, 2023 at 7:29 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this. My sincere condolences to her family.

  11. Julie Diep on March 15, 2023 at 8:30 am

    I am extremely sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. She will be missed by so many. She was a wonderful human being. John 5:24, 25

  12. Wickie gifford on March 20, 2023 at 11:18 am

    My deep, sincere condolences.

  13. Sandra Tripp on March 25, 2023 at 9:22 pm

    Dear Tammy and family,
    So sorry lean of Mazell’s passing . I thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Sandra Tripp and family

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