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Our beloved mother Maria "Gloria" Goes passed away on March 16, 2014. Gloria was born on January 25, 1921 in Central Falls, Rhode Island to Antonio and Rosa Morreira. She was raised in Madeira, Portugal where she married and had a daughter Mary Jo and became a widow at a young age. Wanting a better life for herself, she immigrated to the United States with her daughter Mary Jo. She met her future husband, Joao Goes who had 3 children of his own. Gloria and Joao, together, had a daughter Judy. Gloria also raised her 2 step-sons from their early teenage years. Years later, her step-daughter and family immigrated to the United States from Portugal. Gloria always felt that her step-children were her "children" and not step-children.
Gloria worked many years as a cannery worker at Westgate Cannery, Van Camps Cannery and Bumble Bee Tuna.
Gloria was the matriarch of our family and was deeply loved by her family and many friends. As a devote Catholic, her life reflected a deep love of God. She will be remembered for her generosity, compassion and graciousness. At an early age in Portugal she did embroidery and learned to crochet once she retired. She was a great cook and baker. Everyone enjoyed Gloria's many special dishes.
Gloria is survived by her children Mary Lopez (Frank), Judy Williamson (Jerry), John Gois (Sharon), Joe Gois (Clara) and Martinha Abreu (Jordao) along with 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Agnes Church, 1140 Evergreen Street, San Diego CA 92106 with burial immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Nazareth House, 6333 Rancho Mission Road, San Diego, Ca 92108 indicating in memory of Maria Gloria Goes.
Arrangements under the direction of Goodbody Mortuary, San Diego, CA.