A native of Rosais, Sao Jorge, Azores, Portugal, Maria was only 22 when she met the man she would spend the rest of her life with. Married 2 years later, she would spend the next 47 years raising multiple generations of children and caring for those in need. As a caretaker of the elderly, she selflessly gave her time to anyone who needed her help. She touched so many lives and will be remembered for her compassion and loving heart. She passed away surrounded by her family and friends.
At Noelia's request, there will be no services or ceremonies. Her desire was to remember her good times and not dwell on the end. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations to a local cancer society be made in her name.