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Carmen María De Carvalho

June 14, 1928April 14, 2021

Carmen María De Carvalho passed away peacefully on April 14, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia. Carmen María was born in San José, Costa Rica, on June 14, 1928, to Ricardo Mora and María Cristina Jiménez. She grew up and studied in San José and worked at the Northern Railroad Company. After the passing of her mother, she left her native Costa Rica and moved to New York City where she met her late husband, José Ribamar De Carvalho, with whom she was happily married until his death in December 2000. Doña Carmen, as many of us called her, was the personification of class and elegance. She was a Diplomat and Consular Officer at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington for over 35 years, faithfully serving her country and thousands of Costa Ricans living and working in the United States. A Catholic Mass to celebrate Carmen María’s life will be held at St. Agnes Church, 1910 N. Randolph Street, Arlington, Virginia, on Saturday April 24 at 11:30 a.m., followed by interment at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington. Carmen María will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by her relatives, close friends, and those with whom she worked and served throughout the years. She enriched the lives of all who knew and loved her. Doña Carmen, you will never be forgotten and the fond memories of you and your love will live with all of us forever. Your loving family and friends.


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, April 24, 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021


Carmen María De Carvalho

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Maria Antonieta Garcia-Rodil

April 24, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences to dona Carmen’s family and friends. Wishing you moments of peace and comfort.

Descanse en paz, doña Carmen. Siga su camino al cielo. Gracias por su ejemplo de dedicación incansable a los costarricenses y por su ejemplo de mujer trabajadora y luchadora. Siempre elegante y distinguida. Su luz siempre brillará en nuestra memoria.

Laura Dachner

April 24, 2021

Doña Carmen siempre vivirá en los recuerdos y corazones de todos los que tuvimos la dicha de conocerla. Una verdadera dama, incansable trabajadora y gran ejemplo de diplomacia, elegancia, tenacidad y actitud positiva ante la vida. Gracias, doña Carmen, por enseñarnos a todos los que pasamos por la Embajada el significado de lo que es dedicación, servicio y amor a la patria. Su huella perdurará por siempre en el servicio exterior costarricense y en nuestros corazones. Que descanse en paz,
querida doña Carmen. 💞

Anton Mifsud-Bonnici

April 23, 2021

Anja, Tama, Xandru and I send our heartfelt condolences on the demise of our dear Dona Carmen. We had the pleasure to know her during visits to Washington DC, and have retained some very nice memories of her friendship and elegance. We treasure the 2020 New Year's Day festivity that we celebrated with her and her closest friends. We pray for the repose of her soul and for the consolation of her friends in the acceptance of the will of our Lord, as soon as we received the sad news. We promise to enter the name of Dona Carmen in the list of the departed good friends for the repose of whose soul we will always continue to beseech the Good Lord.

Pamela Trejos

April 21, 2021

Que descanse en paz querida doña Carmen! Ya juntitos ella y don Ribamar. ♥️
Siempre la recordaré con mucho cariño y guardaré gratísimos momentos compartidos durante mis años en la Embajada y fuera de ella. Muy trabajadora, impecable, elegante y con muy buen sentido del humor.