Maria A. Almeida
FALL RIVER - Beloved mother and Grandmother Maria "Mimi" A. Almeida, 91, entered into the loving arms of the Lord on Sunday, November 28, 2010. She was the wife of Armando Almeida. Born in Fall River, MA and having lived over 70 years in Somerset, MA, she was the daughter of the late Henrique B. and Candida (dos Reis)Albuquerque. Mrs. Almeida attended school in Portugal and in Fall River. She worked diligently as a sewing machine operator in various garment factories and also at Firestone Rubber during World War II. One of the original founding members of the Prince Henry Monument Society of Fall River, MA she was deemed Miss Portugal 1940. She was member of the ILGWU, the Portuguese Continental Society, and the Portuguese Benevolent Society.
She was a communicant of St. John of God Church. She was devoted entirely to her family, especially her granddaughter Lia. Maria was an incredible cook. Tia Mimis' quahogs will be greatly missed. She enjoyed crocheting, dancing, listening to music, giving out free hugs and kisses and being with her loved ones. Always quick to smile, she could bring you to laughter in the most serious of situations. She also loved to share her knowledge of the late movie star Carmen Miranda, of whom she was always a great fan. She is survived by her devoted husband Armando, her daughter Rita (Almeida) Pimento and son-in-law Ray of Somerset MA., her granddaughter, her "Sweetheart" Lia Victoria Pimento. Also surviving are her sisters-in law and brothers-in-law Aurora and Jose Ferreira of Fall River, Ana and Amaro Nunes of Portugal, Lidia Almeida of Brazil, and many nieces and nephews. She was also the sister of the late Armando Albuquerque. Friends and family are asked to join in the funeral mass Thursday at 10:00 a.m., gathering directly at St. John of God Church, with interment to follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Somerset. There are no calling hours. www.silvafaria.com