Mary G. Monteiro

Date of Passing:

September 6, 2018

Mary G. Monteiro (Gonçalves), 99, of Appian Way, died Wednesday, September 6, 2018 peacefully at home with her devoted son by her side.

Born in South Carver, MA on September 3, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Caesar Gonçalves and Mary Almeida.

Mary was a graduate of East Providence High School. She attended Sacramento City College, Sacramento State University, and American River College to study Business Administration.

A 25-year retiree of the State of California, Mary worked for the State Department of Human Resources Development. She was a member of the California State Employees Association and served as Chapter Membership Secretary. Upon retirement, Mary returned to East Providence, RI where she became active in municipal politics serving on the Affirmative Action Committee, she was appointed as Administrator of the East Providence ESL Program, specifically helping Cape Verdeans attain U.S. citizenship. Mary also served on the Senior Projects Board and is a former member of the Cape Verdean Progressive Center of which her mother was one of the founders.

Mary wintered in Pompano Beach, FL for several years. She enjoyed fashion, music, reading, eating lobsters and the finer things in life.

Mary is survived by her son Joseph Q. “Tui” Monteiro, two granddaughters, Lisa M, Santana of Boca Raton, FL and her husband Marco, Michelle McKay of San Jose, CA, four great-grandchildren Cruz Gonzalez of San Jose, CA; Latricia Oliver of Atlanta, GA; Andre Santana of Delray, FL; and Gabriel Santana of Boca Raton, FL. A sister Mariana B. “Chubinha” Gomes of East Providence, RI; a daughter-in-law Theresa McKay of San Jose, CA. She was the mother of the late Clarence “Buddy” McKay; sister of the late John, Anthony, Walter, and Frank Fontes, Benjamin, Rudolph, Caesar, Manuel and Gordon Goncalves, Palmida Diaz, Ann Bradic, Eva Pendelton, Jenny Gomes and Madeline Hillman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 10am in St. Francis Xavier Church, 81 North Carpenter Street, East Providence. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Providence. Calling hours will be held in the W. Raymond Watson Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 12, 5-8pm 350 Willett Ave., Riverside.

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  1. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Monteiro and Gonsalves families on the loss of such an elegant lady. I’m sure that you’ll miss her but she is now with Our Lord free of the pain and suffering that she endured in the past few years. My heart goes out to you Tui and I know that it will take a while for you to get over this loss but always rember that you were the best son that any mother could have. It’s okay to feel sad for as long as you need to but keep in mind that your mom would want you to go on with you life because she had many wonderful years and would want the same for you.

  2. My condolences and prayers to you Tui. I know you will miss her. Be strong. Knowing you mom, that’s what she would want most.

  3. Dear Tui – I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. I will be keeping You and the Family in prayer. May She Rest In Paradise.

  4. Tui condolences on the passing of Aunt Mary.

  5. Tui,my condolences to you and your family. Your mother lived a long fruitful life but you will miss her I know. Memories will help, and so will your friends.

  6. Dear Tui and Monteiro Family. You all have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear mother. Tui you were the best son to your Mom. I know how difficult this loss can be, but know Mary is not suffering any longer, and this will give you comfort. Again so sorry for your loss, you all have my sincere sympathy, and I will keep you in my prayers.

  7. TUI and all the family you have my deepest sympathy in the passing of your mother Mary TUI you was a great son to your mom may she rest in peace may God bless Her and your entire family

  8. To Tui I send my deepest condolences to you. You were a good son to your mother. May God bless you with comfort at this terrible time.

  9. Pretty prima Mary your beauty, intelligence, achievements and compassion was awe inspiring to me and so many others.You will be more she’d and it is sad you are gone, but there is comfort in knowing you are with God and free from pain. I pray for God’s peace to all, especially Tui who was such a wonderful son, support and comfort to you always.Take care Tui. ❤️ Mindy

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