OBITUARY: Maria E. (Damasio) Martins, 84

TEWKSBURY, MA — Maria E. Martins, age 84, of Tewksbury, formerly of Somerville, passed away peacefully, on December 21st, surrounded by her loving family.

Maria emigrated to the United States in 1967 from Sao Miguel, Azores, where she settled in Somerville. Maria worked for several years as a housekeeper for the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston. When she retired, she helped to raise and care for her grandchildren, who were her greatest joy. Maria loved sewing, crocheting, watching Family Feud and most of all, spending time with her beautiful family. She will be remembered for her beautiful singing voice and singing “Happy Birthday” to her children and grandchildren on their birthdays.

Maria was the beloved wife of the late Manuel Martins, devoted mother of Dora Figueiredo & her husband Angelo of Wilmington, Rosa Figueiredo & her husband Leo of Wilmington, Mario Martins & his wife Alicia of Wilmington, Paula Mirabella & her husband Joseph of Wilmington and Louis Martins of Ft. Worth, TX. She was the loving “Vovo” of Jason & Angela Figueiredo, Amanda & Ryan McDonald, Nicholas Figueiredo, Matthew & Gabrielle Figueiredo, Stephanie Figueiredo, Meghan Martins, Mario Martins Jr., Caitlin Martins, Keara Martins, Maeve Martins, Gabriella Mirabella, Sabrina Mirabella, Gianna Mirabella, Joseph Mirabella Jr., Jeremy Martins and Kassie Martins. “Bisavo” of Xavier, Oscar, Camille, Colton and Ronan. She was the cherished daughter of the late Luis and Lia (Costa) Damasio. Maria was the dear sister of Cecilia Pereira of Azores, Angelina Medeiros of Rhode Island, Sophia Sousa of Rhode Island, Lia Fajardo of Somerville and the late Jose Damasio. Maria is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a funeral on Monday, December 24th, at 9:00 a.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rt 62), Wilmington, followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be held privately. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, December 23rd, from 2-5 p.m.

(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)

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