Martha D'Souza

Martha Tereza D'Souza

Monday, September 9th, 1935 - Thursday, November 19th, 2020
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Martha Teresa D’Souza
09 September 1935 – 19 November 2020

Our mother Martha Tereza D'Souza, age 85, has peacefully passed away to be at eternal peace with our Lord.
Our mum lived a beautiful life full of abundant blessings. Born in picturesque Goa, India. Then in the 60s migrated to Karachi, Pakistan to marry Dad (Jerome), and later in 2001 migrated to Canada where she spent the rest of her life. Mum had been blessed to experience this fulfillment of life in these 3 parts of the world.
Mum had 5 children, whom she always referred to as her Branches, and she the “Tree”. Mum loved her family and would protect her kids, stood up for us when in times of difficulties, or danger, and always took up for her kids no matter what and how the situation enfolded.

Mum had a sense of humour that could entertain anyone with her succinct dialogues and witty jokes. She was a cooking aficionado of Goan & Pakistani dishes, and had other skills like intricate embroidery, making crepe paper flowers, and loved making conversations, where she can retrieve data from her 50 to 60 years elephant memory. She enjoyed some good laughs and loved to share stories of yester days. Not forgetting anyone’s birthdays, from families, cousin, friends and even the neighbours, she would say “Oh, it’s this person’s birthday today”

Burgundy, a colour favourite in dressing and with love for jewellery, especially gold, she would dress for the occasion. For those who knew her will recall her famous words “Old is gold and cannot be sold but given free” and “A rouge that I hate, and an honest man that I love” which complemented her mischievous smile. A lady of multiple talents, she cooked, sewed, read books, danced, embroidered and made the most sumptuous Christmas sweets. Her talent kept growing as she took up life’s new challenges, where she learnt to speak several languages at a basic level. Although Konkani (a language spoken in Goa) being her mother tongue, mum also spoke Marathi, English, Portuguese, Urdu and bits of Tamil, which assisted her in integrating into a multicultural society with people from all walks of life.

Mum was (and will be) loved by her husband Jerome, with whom she would share a ‘romantic glass’ a drink of whiskey on occasions. Besides being a loving wife to dad, mum was also a loving Nana to not only her own grandchildren, but to other young kids who lovingly also called her Nana. To everyone who crossed paths with her, she was Mum, Aunty Martha, Nana and Nana Mona to family and friends.

Mum left this world peacefully in her sleep while at the hospital in Calgary, Canada.

She was the beloved mother of Belinda (Norman), June (Manuel), Renee (Gerald), Ronald (Cerrina), Thomas (Lisa) and beloved grandmother to all her grandchildren, whom she adored. Martha was predeceased by her husband Jeronimo D’Souza (Jerome), her parents Tomas & Escolastika DeSouza, her sister Lourdes Dias, and Brother Elias DeSouza.

We bid farewell to our Mum with a Funeral Mass at St Thomas Moore Church, Calgary, Canada followed by a burial at Queen's Park Cemetery.

Due to the pandemic, the family has decided to have a private Funeral Mass service with the immediate family only. We would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, prayers, condolences, and support. We request that you pray for her soul and keep her in your thoughts, as she would.

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Rest peacefully, Mum

You will always remain the epitome of a Mother to the many hearts you’ve touched.

With Love,
Your Family
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Posted at 06:48am
A Memorial Tribute to Aunty Martha
Although we never had the opportunity of spending much time with our Aunt, she being away in Karachi and later in Canada and we in Goa, we are glad and consider ourselves fortunate for having met her and spend some time during her few visits to Goa. We have treasured all the lovely memories and the good time we spent with Aunty Martha.
When we think of our Aunty, we remember her as the most Jovial Aunty of ours…. she was cheerful and fun loving. Through her conversations she’d have us dissolve in uncontrollable laughter. Her narrative skills, especially stories about our Mum in their younger days, were simply incredible. She was very caring and we knew that she loved us a lot.
Your death has left a huge void in our hearts, but we will hold on to all the memories we have of you.
We pray that your Soul will find peace and always watch over our family.
We Love you Aunty Martha and will miss you forever.
Your Nieces & Nephew…Peppy, Jenny (your favourite niece), Mildred & Kerry
Also fondly remembered by your brother-in-law - Aquino

George and Christine Aranha

Posted at 02:36pm
No words will ever do justice or express the sorrow and sense of loss we feel by Aunty Martha’s passing to her eternal home. We are thankful to have shared great memories with her which we will forever cherish. Aunty was unique in many respects – she always maintained a positive outlook with an uncanny zest for life, an infectious smile that could brighten up a room, a killer sense of humor, love of good food, an elephant’s memory with which she could recall events and narrate stories of her favorite soap opera and above all her smart fashion sense fully accessorized by her classy gold jewelry – which earned her the nickname Aunty Gold. This moniker was apt and truly deserved - indeed she had a heart of pure gold.

A truly kind and lovable person has left us but memories of her life will forever be in our hearts and mind. May God accept her spirit and keep her in a special place where she will continue to be happy and entertain forever. May her beautiful soul rest in peace.

Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you, her family members, near and dear ones. In these distressed times, may God grant you all strength and comfort to bear this loss.

George, Christine and family


Family Almeida of Melbourne Australia Down Under

Posted at 10:10pm
Belinda, Renee & Family, as you grieve know that we remember you. We had the privilege of meeting Mum Martha in 2006 and remember her with much love.
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Posted at 09:17pm
Dear Belinda, Norman, Renee, Jerry, June, Manuel and family

Our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mum. May she Rest in Peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

Tony, Charlotte and family

Shaun, Veronica & Saige

Posted at 10:36am
RIP A. Martha. You're bright smile will be missed.
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