Obituary for Maria dos Anjos Tavares
MARIA dos ANJOS VIVEIROS TAVARES
(August 12, 1924 – June 15, 2012)
Maria dos Anjos Viveiros Tavares of New Bedford, MA and Brentwood, TN went to be with her God and beloved husband on June 15, 2012. She was 87.
The daughter of Antonio de Viveiros and Maria Isabel Moniz, she was born in the parish of Santa Cruz, Lagoa, St. Michael Island, Azores, Portugal. One of eight children, she was a talented tailor. She taught many other women in her village how to sew and help provide for their families.
In 1969, she immigrated to the United States, and settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts, a predominantly Portuguese-American community. She worked as a seamstress at Marty Sullivan Clothier in South Dartmouth, and was an active member of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. She was a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Following the passing of her dear husband, José Cândido Tavares in 1997, she lived independently in New Bedford, but often traveled to stay for extended periods with her children at their homes in Chicago, Dallas, and Nashville.
She is survived by her daughter, Maria dos Anjos Soares of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts and her husband Tiberio and children Michael and Philip; her son Joe Tavares of Plano, Texas and his wife Margarida and their children Patrick and Nicky; daughter Maria Goreti Moore of Brentwood, Tennessee and her husband Dan Moore and children Daniel, Mary Catherine, and Sarah; and daughter Margaret Warren of Geneva, Illinois and her husband Daniel and children Christopher and Rachel. She was the sister of the late João de Viveiros of South Dartmouth, Valdemira da Rocha of New Bedford, Leonard de Viveiros of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Manuel de Viveiros of Mississauga, Ontario. Her surviving sisters are Mercês Pereira of Boisbriand, Quebec, as well as Evangelina and Luisa de Viveiros of South Dartmouth. Her four children, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and their families, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephew, and her many friends have all been blessed in this life by her smile, her devotion to family and her faith, and her courageous example.
Funeral arrangements are through Williamson Memorial Gardens in Franklin, Tennessee. Visitation and funeral mass will be held at 8:45am Saturday, June 23 at Mt. Carmel Church in New Bedford, Massachusetts, with interment to follow at Rural Cemetery in New Bedford. Gifts in lieu of flowers may be given to the American Lung Association http://www.lung.org/donate/.
Rest in peace, Mãe.