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Born: Aug 16, 1929

Date of Passing: Nov 19, 2020

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On Thursday, November 19, 2020, Maria dos Anjos passed away peacefully in her sleep, at the age of 91.
Maria dos Anjos is survived by her two sons, Joao Manuel (Filomena) and Gilbert (Eddie); grandchildren, Paulo (Jessica), Gorete (Joe), Kristle (Mike), Michael (Marilou), Khorie (Patricia), Julian (Ola); great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Victoria, Noah, Dominique, Demetri, Caleb, Alex, Arielle, Andrew, Emily, Nicholas, Isabel, Kalista and Alexander; her sister Maria da Conceicao; brother-in-law Manuel (Liberta); sisters-in-law, Odete and Luisa; and multi-generations of nieces and nephews in Winnipeg, Toronto, Bermuda, East Providence, and Sao Miguel. Maria dos Anjos was predeceased by her husband Joao; father Manuel dos Santos Machado; mother Evangelina Jesus Ferreira; sisters, Maria Luisa, Evangelina; and brothers, José, and Manuel Eduardo.
Maria dos Anjos was born August 16, 1929 in Faja de Cima, Sao Miguel, Açores, Portugal. In 1970, she immigrated to Winnipeg with her husband and her two sons, and worked hard to build a new life for herself and her family. She instilled family values and a strong work ethic in her children, and supported them always with words of wisdom, love and compassion.
Maria dos Anjos was by all accounts a special human with unwavering purpose, admirable inner strength, and a really endearing comical side to her personality. Even her name was special. Divine. It translates as Mary of Angels. She raised two sons and did so rather well, since they were diligent and doting examples of nurturing men, who knew how to care for their mother. Beyond that, she was also a caregiver to her husband in the later years of his life, when the effects of his juvenile diabetes eventually took his eyesight and his leg. In the last 30 plus years, following the death of her husband, Maria dos Anjos was defined entirely by herself. Not a typical thing for a woman born in 1929 in Portugal. It seemed like she ascended to her place atop her family tree with relative ease. Like it was always meant to be that way. She was fiercely independent, and lived at Lar de Santa Isabel for the last 25 years, with the support of her family and later in life, home care.
To say that Maria dos Anjos was sharp is quite the understatement. She could recall memories, and had an incredibly accurate sense of the goings-on of her family and neighbours. She was also a bit of a medical marvel. Her family affectionately called her the "energizer bunny", because she survived a quadruple bypass and numerous other complications that came as a result of being diagnosed with heart disease, and simply kept on going. She persisted, despite her body. As an affable woman of quiet strength, she has been a key figure in the lives of so many of her family members and her community. People would seek advice from her, or share their stories. Mostly everyone just loved to talk to her because she was funny. Maria dos Anjos brought a lot of love and joy to so many. She will be dearly missed.
Graveside service at Assumption Cemetery on 3990 Portage Avenue to take place Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. All current COVID-19 protocols will be in place.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to the Diabetes Association of Manitoba.

Descansa em Paz - Forever in our Hearts.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 21, 2020

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • With deep sadness we offer our condolences to Joao Manuel, and Gilberto,Tavares and they're families, at this time of mourning. Senhora Maria dos Anjos was a wonderful neighbor and a good friend God be the light at her side. May you rest in peace, Amen 🙏. 💜 - Posted by: Leontina and urbano Bizarria (Friends ) on: Nov 21, 2020

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