Maria A. Guilbeault

March 22, 1956March 9, 2021

Maria A. (DeFreitas) Guilbeault, 64, of Dartmouth passed away Tuesday, March 9, 2021 after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of Mark E. Guilbeault.

Born in Camara de lobos Madeira Portugal, a daughter of the late Joao G. and Maria A. (Da Costa) DeFreitas, she grew up there before coming to America.

Maria worked as a CNA for many years at The Residence at Cedar Dell. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, the casino, traveling, gatherings with family and friends, coffee at Sunrise Bakery & spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Sarah Lillie and her partner Dave of Mansfield, Gary Guilbeault and his wife Melissa of East Longmeadow, and Rebecca Greene and her husband Tim of New Bedford; eight grandchildren, Tessa, Dillon, Lucas, Peyton, Taylor, Jacob, Brooklyn, and Alexandra; seven siblings, Janice Machado and Jose of New Bedford, John DeFreitas and Elisa of Dartmouth, Angela Cabral and Chris of Acushnet, Cindy Correira and Eddie of New Bedford, Vasco DeFreitas of Portugal, Jose DeFreitas and Nancy of New Bedford, Connie Augusto and Daniel of Acushnet; many nieces and nephews; and many in-laws. She was predeceased by Bernadina Almeida and Cidalia DeFreitas.

Her Funeral Mass will be Friday, March 19, 2021 at 11 a.m. in St. Julie Billiart Parish, 494 Slocum Rd., Dartmouth. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to your charity of choice. For online tribute/directions:



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Faith Sweetser Barry

March 16, 2021

Oh! I am so sorry to hear of Maria's death. We got to know each other because of Cedar Dell. Her joyful voice and kind encouragement often made MY day as well as my Mother-in-laws. Gone too soon, please accept my deepest sympathy and gratitude for her life

Herberto Da Costa

March 14, 2021

Oh Maria I have planed to come and visit you but I have never had a chance, I regret coming to New York in 2017 and didn’t make the time to visit you and my cousins, my heart bleeds that you are no longer with us, you have touched so many lives and you will be truly missed. May you rest in peace and I’m sure we will meet in the hereafter.

Your cousin that loves you to the moon and back.


Liz Joseph

March 12, 2021

Oh Maria,
My heart is so heavy with sadness. Working with you at Mapleridge and at the Cedars, I always "heard" you coming way before you arrived. This makes me smile as I say it. You brought so much love, caring and comfort to the many residents you cared for. Your heart was truly engaged in every resident and staff person you were around. You never had to worry about remembering names because you called everyone "Honey". At times, you were so tired, body aching, and I would ask when you were going to retire and you would chuckle, "I don't know sweetheart". And I would reply that you never will. Well it seems you never did but you loved what you did and that's what mattered. Rest in Peace Maria. Spread those wings wide!

Carol Danso

March 12, 2021

My sympathy to Maria's family. She also had another family at the Residence of Cedar Dell where she was loved by residents and co workers. She was an earth angel and heroine giving her care and going the extra mile. May you rest in peace from your co worker Carol.

Roberta Ducharme

March 11, 2021

To Maria’s family,
So very sorry for your loss. The picture of Maria says it all. She was such a warm, caring, loving , happy person. We worked together many years ago at Mapleridge and went for coffee during our lunch breaks. It was never a dull moment being with her. She loved her family very much and was an excellent caregiver. RIP Maria you will be missed..💔

Sharon Machado

March 11, 2021

So much sadness to have lost a friend and co-worker of 17 years you always had a positive outlook on life and made everyone around you smile. Will always remember our good times, and I am so glad to have known you! You will never be forgotten
My heartfelt sympathy to the family. 💕
Sharon M.

Grace Arruda

March 11, 2021

Maria was beautiful person we had good times at work after 16 years we all know Maria presentes she was always happy we were happy family Very hard worker she was loved by all of us I can’t believe she’s in heaven we didn’t have chance to say good bye I will miss you very much Rest In Peace my dear friend 💔Grace

Rhonda Brown

March 11, 2021

Sarah, such a loss. I am so very sorry . By her smile, I can see how she instilled happiness in you. Again, no words can totally say how sorry I am.

Jennifer Sousa

March 11, 2021

No words can explain how sad I am for the family. Maria will be missed but I will always remember her comedic yet sometimes serious ways of delivering a joke. She had the most loud, fun personality. Our thoughts and prayers will be will you all during this awful time. Sincerely, the Fernandes and Sousa families

Michael & Maria Pacheco

March 11, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss her. She was a sweet person with a good heart and a great personality full of laughter. 💖