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Mary Emily Correia

7 avril 19389 janvier 2021
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Died peacefully at the age of 82.

Born on April 7, 1938 in the quaint fishing village of Paul do Mar, Madeira, Portugal – she was the first born to Apolinario and Maria Jose Nunes. Her father left for the United States, soon after her birth, in search of work and a better life for his young family. On Christmas day 1942, Mary and her mother boarded a cargo ship bound for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With brief stops in New York, the family was eventually reunited in Lowell, Massachusetts - it was late January 1943. Mary’s father worked in a textile mill, making uniforms for troops fighting in WWII.

As the war was ending, the family moved west to San Diego. They had friends and family from Portugal that were established in Pt. Loma. Mary’s father found work fishing on the tuna boats and their little family grew. Mary was enrolled in St. Agnes elementary and middle school. She went on to Cathedral Girls Catholic High School. It was during her high school years that she met Leo Correia, six years her senior. Leo’s family roots also dated back to Madeira, Portugal. At the age of seventeen, Mary was swept off her feet, and she chose to get married to Leo rather than attend her senior prom. Their first child Gregory was born a year and a half later, followed by five more Correia children.

Pt. Loma was always home to Mary. While Leo was elevated to fishing captain, Mary kept the kids and her home in order. She loved the strong connections to family and her large fishing community. The St Agnes Parish, family and the Festa were central in her life. Mary’s fantastic cooking skills and traditional Portuguese favorites kept the family smiling! In her free time, Mary honed her great artistic skills – painting and embroidery were her favorites. She made countless baby blankets; each stich was crafted with love. Her great seamstress talents came from her mother and Mary was sure to pass this on to her two daughters. As the kids grew and became independent, Mary could be found tending to her beautiful garden, bowling with friends or attending a grandchild’s sporting event with Leo, her loving husband of sixty-five years. It always remained the simple things in life that made her smile.

Mary is preceded in death by her first son, Gregory. Survived by her husband, Leo Edward; their children, Gary, Donna (Daniel) O’Rourke, Lisa (Bob) Rodrigues, Leo (Laurie) & Darren (Joette); brother, Daniel A. Nunes (Anya); sisters, Jeanette M. Correia (Manual) & Judy C. (David) Harries; fourteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, Lynne.

She was active in the Catholic Daughters, and a Minister of the Eucharist at St. Agnes Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers or if you would like to make a donation in honor of her please send it to: The Parkinsons Assocation, spdaparkinson.org

Services

  • Visitation

    lundi, 18 janvier , 2021

Souvenirs

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Cynthia Correia

18 janvier , 2021

My aunt Mary and I had a few things in common, we were born on the same day and we both enjoyed art, family and laughter. I will always remember her at our family reunion cruising around in her hat and greeting us. You will always be remembered for the wonderful soul you are.

Lollie Butler

18 janvier , 2021

I fist met Mary before my son Dan and her daughter Donna were married. My heart went out to her and the family when son Gregg died at sea. I remember witnessing her strong faith in God then and it inspired me. She was a graceful, kind woman, gifted with talent that brought happiness to others.

Daniel O'Rourke

18 janvier , 2021

My fondest memories of this wonderful woman are from a family trip we took with Leo and Mary to her birthplace - Madeira Portugal. Mary had an aunt that still lived in this small town. We did not have her phone or an address. We stopped along the ocean and there was a man sitting on the sea wall. Leo got out of the car and in Portuguese, asked if he knew where this woman lived? He said "yes," and then got in our car and drove a few blocks, guiding us to her home. The rest of the day was spent drinking home made wine while Mary walked around the tiny home with her aunt....laughing and reminiscing. Lucky to have know you Mary.

Cameron & Roman Joyner

18 janvier , 2021

Grandma,

We are so thankful of the time that we were able to spend with you. We miss you so much and can’t wait to try your cookies again one day in heaven.

We love you Grandma.

Cam and Roman

Joelynda Da Luz Solorio

17 janvier , 2021

Emily, Was Very kind an loving person. My father and her shared wonderful childhood memories. .They where Cousins and Friends and loved each other very much . Her kindness and and grace will be forever missed. RIP


Joelynda Da Luz Solorio

Bob Da Luz

17 janvier , 2021

I live in San Diego when I was a teenager I remember her when I visited my aunt and uncle she was a sweet and loving person and caring person love you and Rest In Peace cousin Bob

Frank Da Luz and Connie Luz

16 janvier , 2021

Our CONDOLENCES AND OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE FAMILY, WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OF YOUR SISTER MARY EMILY CORREIRA, SHE WILL BE SADLY MISSED, MAY SHE REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN SHE WAS A KIND AND TALENTED WITH HER ARTWORK AND SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON. LOVE YOUR COUSIN'S CONNIE AND FRANK. ❤❤❤❤❤❤🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Eric and Lynn Allen Family

16 janvier , 2021

She was so beautiful and so very kind.... A smile that was so contagious...We will never forget the cruise to Mexico to celebrate Jimmy’s birthday... we will cherish that forever... God bless the Correia family with our love, prayers and strength for the days ahead...

Judy Martin

15 janvier , 2021

I’ve known Emily just about my whole life. Instead of an Aunt, she was more like an older sister. I was in their wedding when I was 7 years old and missing my 2 front teeth. I will cherish our time together and will miss the love you always showed me. RIP my dear Aunt aka friend!