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Born: Nov 15, 1935

Date of Passing: Jul 18, 2022

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November 15, 1935 - July 18, 2022

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Maria da Graca da Silva Ramos Gameiro at the age of 86.
Maria is lovingly remembered by her children, Annabel (Frank), Rosemary (Paul), Pauline (Peter), Adolph (Tina), Rocque (Sarah) and Beatrice (Claudio). She was also adored by her grandchildren, Frank, Christopher, Amanda, Katrina, Julianno, Sara, Jackson, and Lucas. She was predeceased by her parents, Roque and Beatriz Ramos, daughter Grace, and husband Adolfo.
Maria was born in Lisboa, Portugal. She was an only child who was showered with love by her parents. After college, she did some modelling and worked as an administrative assistant. She married in 1962 and immigrated to her new home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Maria later sponsored her parents to join her which was a great support with a growing family.
In her children's early years she balanced several jobs. Starting as a housekeeper at St. Boniface Hospital, Maria returned to school to complete her healthcare aide training. She worked the night shift at Tache Nursing Centre for over 20 years where her compassion, sense of humour and nurturing spirit brought comfort to the residents. Her tenacity and hard work not only paid for her children's education but also for their extensive involvement in sports. She inspired all her six children to complete post secondary degrees.
At Maria's house, the door was always open. Whether it be for a friend who needed a place to stay or the many injured animals her children picked up on the way home from school. She loved helping people and she loved animals. Maria's home was a safe and nurturing place for all.
Maria's love for family and desire to be with them was a constant driver and focus throughout her life. She travelled across Canada and accompanied her children to Europe, USA, Mexico and the Caribbean despite her fear of flying. She had a fear of water but this did not stop her from organizing family beach trips and cruises. After a lot of coaxing, you might even find her relaxing in a pool lounger sipping a cool beverage.
Maria often looked after and entertained her grandchildren with trips to the park, storytelling, singing and crafts. Cooking dinner would often double as play time as she repurposed pasta as building blocks to make spaghetti houses or used bread dough balls as play doh. At other times, wooden spoons, pots and pans were pulled from her cupboards and strewn across the kitchen floor. Deafening bangs would fill the room and she could be found cheerfully singing and leading the chaos. During quieter times, she would watch the same movie over and over again and never complain. She was just happy to be with her "netos".
Maria had a love for good food and conversation. When it came to chocolate, she was known to be a bit of a "gulosa" (sweet tooth). She made delicious food and enjoyed cooking up a storm for her family and the countless others who showed up at meal time. Everyone was welcome and no one ever left hungry. Special get-togethers weren't complete without her unique toast which always resulted in much laughter and even a few tears.
Maria had a charismatic personality that was uplifting to everyone around her. Her love of life, conversation, storytelling, laughter, singing and her gentle manner drew many to her. She was a beautiful soul with integrity and great fortitude who sacrificed everything for her children. It is this drive that both carried and energized her family. There never would have been enough time with her and she is greatly missed. She has given us more than can ever be fully understood. We owe her everything and she will be forever in our hearts.

Nós te amamos Mae. Até logo.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.

Family and friends may sign a book of condolence online at

Desjardins Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 30, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • So very sorry to just hear if this! This lady was lovely. I met here a few times as I had the privilege of teaching her grandchild. So very sorry!❤️ - Posted by: Cheryl briggs (Friend) on: Nov 09, 2022

  • We are very sorry for your loss. We only had the pleasure of meeting your mother once when she visited Ottawa, but remember her smile and warmth well. We hope you find comfort in all of your wonderful memories of her in the days ahead. - Posted by: Jana and Derrick Milburn (Friend of the family) on: Aug 21, 2022

  • I would like to extend my condolences to you on the loss of your Beautiful Mother. - Posted by: Carole Christiansen (Friend of Annabelle and Rosemary) on: Aug 01, 2022

  • Beloved Mother, I will miss you but now you are reunited with family that have passed before you. I am a better person for knowing you and receiving your love. We will share a glass of good Portugese port in your honor of all the goodness you have bestowed on this world. May you rest dearest friend - Posted by: Melanie Boulet (friend) on: Jul 30, 2022

  • Annabel and Rosemary and your other siblings. I offer all of you my sincere condolences. Your Mom was a very very nice person. I remember her walking all of you kids to the wading pool beside Champlain community club. May your Mom rest in peace, but most of all be in your hearts forever. - Posted by: Leo Carriere (School friend of Annabel and volleyball coach to Rosemary ) on: Jul 30, 2022

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