Maria A. DeSilva

Date of Passing:

December 22, 2023

DeSilva, Maria A. (Andrade), 96, of Providence passed way peacefully at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence on December 22, 2023. She was the wife the late Peter DeSilva.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Jose and Antonia (Costa) Andrade, she was a lifelong resident of Providence.

Maria worked in the manufacturing industry before retiring from the former Kenyon Tool Co in 1997.

She was a communicant of St. Patrick Church where she was a volunteer for the Children’s Ministry. She was a former member of the Cape Verdean Progressive Center. Maria enjoyed sewing, shopping, watching TV and most of all she was an excellent cook of Cape Verdean cuisine which she loved to share with family and friends.

Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Maria immediately experienced her kindness and gentle spirit. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and sense of fashion.

She is survived by a son, Richard DeSilva and his wife Rowena of Providence, a daughter Denise Morris and her husband Howard of North Providence, seven grandchildren Gina DeSilva, Delise DeSilva, Richard DeSilva, Sofia DeSilva, Brandon Jordan, Frincez Araojo and Tracy DeSilva; six great-grandchildren Domingo DeSilva, Gia DeSilva-McKenny, Tia DeSilva-McKenny, Josiah Glover, Christian and Samiya Morin and two great great grandchildren. She was the mother of the late Don Pedro DeSilva, the sister of the late Thomasia Williams, Valentino and Louis Andrade.

Her funeral service be held on Wednesday December 27, 2023 at 11 a.m. in the W.RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside. Burial will follow in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. Calling Hours from 10-11 a.m.

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  1. On behalf of the Staff and Members of St. Martin de Porres we send our deepest sympathy and prayers. We will miss Maria at the center and the joy she brought so many.

  2. Delise,
    May the precious memories remain and the expectation of a glorious heavenly reunion keep your heart comforted during this time of sadness.
    Love Ms Jay and Faith

    Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying…..”

  3. Richard and Denise, Aunt Marie, as I always called her, was my God mother and Unlce Pitzy/Peter, your dad was my God father.So sorry, Love, your cousin, Donny Azulay

  4. Denise and family,
    Nick and I are so sorry for your loss of your beautiful mother. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you.
    Lisa and Nick

  5. Denise and Richard and family, my condolences to you all. May you find comfort from your loved ones and especially our Lord and Savior Jesus.. May His love bring you peace and comfort and help you through this difficult time. May your soul rest in peace..
    With deepest sympathy,

  6. I send my condolence to the family. I remember her with her sister Tommie Williams, may they both Rest In Peace.

  7. Richard and Denise, please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your mother. She was a sweet, genuine woman. May the lord open the gates of heaven and accept her into the gates of heaven. Also May her soul Rest In Eternal Peace and May Perpetual Light Shine Upon her.

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