Maria Arlete Mariano Confeiteiro Nobre passed away at Burnaby General Hospital on Friday May 10, 2019 in Burnaby, B.C. at the age of 70.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband Arlindo, children Richard and Sonia, daughter-in-law Christina, Son-in-law Amar, grandchildren Kayla, Lorena, Ariana, Amaris and Cristiano, siblings Manuel (Fernanda) , Luis (Fatima) of Vancouver and Fernanda (Manuel) of Portugal and numerous family and friends in Canada and Portugal. She is preceded in death by her mother Maria Da Piedade Mariano and Father Hermano Confeiteiro.
Maria was born on October 10, 1948 in Porto de Mos, Ribeira de Cima, Portugal. While working in a factory in Portugal she met her sweetheart and married Arlindo, a soldier in the Portuguese army in 1974. After moving to Canada in 1973 and reuniting with her love in 1974 the couple welcomed 2 children into their home and Maria was overjoyed with her family. Her children remember her as a kind, loving, nurturing and hardworking mother who encouraged them to be strong and humble. She worked as a care aide at Carlton private hospital for 25+ years dedicating herself to taking care of others and going over and above her job duties to make sure everyone was taken care of with compassion and a smile.
Maria was a mother and angel to all those who got to know her and selfless acts of kindness were part of her everyday. She was a generous individual who loved to laugh, dance and who was passionate about family get togethers, Portuguese cuisine, baking, gardening and spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren. Maria was a member of he Portuguese Cultural Centre and enjoyed the wonderful festivities offered by the Portuguese community.
A prayer and Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 10:30am at Our Lady of Fatima Parish located at 1423 E. 13th Ave. in Vancouver followed by the burial at Forest lawn cemetery. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Maria’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the BC Cancer Agency. The family would like to thank Dr. Wong, Dr. Dubland, Dr. Mitri, all the volunteers and palliative ward nurses for their care, dedication and support through this very difficult time.