Let the memory of Maria be with us forever
  • 51 years old
  • Born on December 3, 1962 .
  • Passed away on April 2, 2014 .

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Maria, 51, born on December 3, 1962 and passed away on April 2, 2014. We will remember her forever.

Thank you everyone for the outpouring of sympathy, and for visiting this site and openly sharing your memories of Maria.

Your support during this difficult time is appreciated and your kind words will help many who visit this site over the coming months.  

~ Carla, Roberto & Oscar

Posted by Kristine Johnson-Hibbert on 6th April 2014
When I met Maria at Carla’s wedding I was instantly taken by the amazing resemblance she had with Carla. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were often mistaken as sisters. For the short time I spent with Maria, it was very clear that she was extremely outgoing, fun to be with, caring and very kind. I remember watching her and Carla on the dance floor and seeing how close they were. Not just mother and daughter, but best friends. She will be greatly missed.
Posted by Stephanie Malko on 5th April 2014
While I only met Maria once, at Carla's wedding, I feel like I have known her longer, because of the wonderful stories that Carla often would tell. I will never forget the look of pure joy on Maria's face as she walked Carla down the aisle at her wedding. While Maria is now gone, she will not be forgotten.
Posted by Paul Santos on 5th April 2014
As minhas sinceras condolências amigo. Será sempre complicado encontrar uma frase adequada para um momento sensível como este mas quero deixar uma palavra de pesar neste momento difícil para ti e para toda a família.
Posted by Alexandra Soares on 5th April 2014
" Foi com bastante tristeza que recebe-mos esta triste noticia, e é desta forma que venho prestar as minhas sinceras condolências a toda a família, Carla, Roberto e Oscar pela vossa perda da pessoa Fantástica que era a Maria, uma pessoa alegre e com força de viver, muito lhe tinha-mos a agradecer por todo o apoio e ajuda que deu a meu pai na nova etapa da vida dele e ficamos sem poder retribuir.... tive o privilégio de a conhecer pessoalmente.... amável e prestável..... Sei que qualquer que sejam as palavras não lhes vai acalmar a vossa dor de perda, mas é com muito carinho, respeito e amor que será sempre relembrada na nossa vida..... Força para enfrentar este mau momento..... beijinhos!!!"
Posted by Linda Kotopoulis on 5th April 2014
Maria would arrive with fresh-cut flowers from her garden (she LOVED flowers!), a jar of home-made tomato sauce or pumpkin jam, Christmas & Easter gifts and tasty treats, a souvenir from Portugal, Cuba or Buffalo, an Engagement gift or a Birthday box of chocolate for our daughter - she was always the Giver - she always had a kind word to say, a helping hand to offer, a smile! When she spoke of her daughter and her son, her eyes lit up with pride - they were everything to her; she was so happy that Carla and her husband had been able to buy their own home, and that Carla had married into such a loving family, and she was so proud of Roberto and all his accomplishments in both his personal and work life! When she spoke of Oscar, she always said what a dedicated and good man he was, such a hard worker and a supportive life partner! She would say that her greatest blessing was her family! Maria was a beautiful woman, inside and out, a real Angel, and we know in our hearts that she is in a lovely and peaceful place now. We will all miss Maria; we can only hope that beautiful memories will help to comfort all of us.
Posted by Ana Sousa on 5th April 2014
Minhas sinceras condolencias a familia nesta dor tao grande forcas,
Posted by Grace Giusti-Garcea on 4th April 2014
Our dearest Maria, words cannot express the vacancy in our lives. We are shocked and heart broken to learn of your passing. We will never forget you....especially our daughter Emma who holds dear the token you brought back from Portugal for her...a frame of Mother Mary. You were amazing with children, and they all loved you. I will always remember the countless hours of talking and eating Maple Walnut Frozen Yogurt...we could talk forever. You were generous, the most generous person I ever met. You always put others first, and their needs in front of yours. I learned a lot from you, and those lessons I will never forget. We should all be a little more like you, the world would be a much nicer place. Rest in peace Maria, you will never be forgotten. We love you so much.
Posted by Rosa Costa on 4th April 2014
Conheci e convivi pouco tempo com a Maria, mas deu para perceber a pessoa e a mulher fantástica que era, fiquei em choque quando recebi a notícia. As minhas condolências aos filhos, a família e ao Oscar, conhecemos-nos desde a nossa infância, via-se a felicidade entre os dois. A Maria era uma pessoa bem recebida e querida aqui nos Casais Brancos, muita força e coragem neste momento tão difícil, um forte abraço, beijs.
Posted by Kathy & Rui Pereira on 4th April 2014
Carla, Oscar and Roberto, our hearts are heavy and our life is emptier with the loss of our beloved Maria. Forever we will remember the generosity you gave to everyone you met, her total openness and love to all, and especially you gift of sharing your time with your friends. We will miss your smile and your laughter, your big hugs, your silly jokes. We close our eyes and see your smiling face. I can hear you coming through the door and announcing, "hello did you miss me" with a big smile and an even bigger hug, with bags of food and always a cake to share. I'm so glad I never missed the opportunity to give you lots of hugs and kisses when you were at our house, and to tell you I love you. Our home was also your home whenever you and Oscar where here. She loved Oscar and her children so much. You will be missed by many. You will forever be in our hearts. Kathy Pereira Durante o pouco tempo que A conheci Ela teve o condão de se tornar uma das pessoas mais queridas e estimadas por mim. A Sua amizade sincera e a Sua maneira de ser, ficarão comigo para o resto dos meus dias. Ela foi para um lugar melhor, e, nos ficamos mais pobres sem Ela. As minhas preces estão convosco. Rui
Posted by Erica Ramey (Gibbs) on 3rd April 2014
Maria, you were a woman who’s caring and generous nature I admired immensely. You cared for others in such a selfless way, and I will always remember how easily you fit into our family. It was as if you have always been part of our lives.You treated us like part of your family and welcomed our traditions, and helped us to embrace yours - I loved all of it. I was also incredibly touched by your way with children – you even had small gifts for Isaac and Sophia nearly every time we visited with you. I will remember your skill and passion for cooking, and the many interesting Portuguese dishes you introduced us to. Even when it was my time to cook, you never came empty handed. You truly made an impact on my life. Although I didn’t get to say goodbye, you will live on forever in my heart, and you will not be forgotten. Erica
Posted by Stasia Laptev on 3rd April 2014
Our family is so very sad and shocked about this terrible news. Maria was a gentle, uncommonly kind and caring person. As Carolina's nanny, she was infinitely patient and very loving. Although we saw Maria much less frequently now that Carolina is older, she remained a constant, always cheerfully willing to be a helping hand whenever she was needed. Cotty, Carolina and I wish to express our deepest condolences to Roberto and Carla and Oscar, whom she talked about often, and always with great pride. May her loving memory bring you peace. Stasia Laptev

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