Guilmira "Julie" Arruda

December 1, 1924May 14, 2019

Guilmira “Julie” (Silvia) Arruda, 94, of Fairhaven, formerly of Fall River, Tiverton and Winter Haven, FL, died at the Life Care Center in Raynham on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. She was the wife of the late Louis S. Arruda with whom she shared 68 years of marriage.

Born in Fall River, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Da Luz (Camara) Silvia. She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Fairhaven. She was a homemaker and also worked in the textile industry in Fall River. She was a CNA for a few years at the Catholic Memorial Home in Fall River. She was an amazing seamstress and sewed for her family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Life Care in Raynham for the tremendous care provided to Julie.

She is survived by two daughters, Joyce A. Magno and her husband, Albert of Fairhaven and Gail Davis and her husband, James of Swansea; her son, Carl Arruda and his companion, Laurie Duclos of Swansea. She was the mother of the late Gail Ann Arruda and sister of the late Manuel, Thomas, Fortunato “Jimmy”, George, Joseph, Mary and Margaret Silvia and Georgianna Carvalho. Grandmother of Kimberly and Keith Medeiros, Jared and Kyle Arruda, Melissa Griffin and the late James E. Davis IV. Great-grandmother of Austin, Alanah, Sebastian, Ethan, Isabella, Brielle, and Reagan.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 8:00 – 9:30 AM in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Fairlawn, 180 Washington St., Fairhaven followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Mary’s Church, Main St., Fairhaven. Burial in Pocasset Hill Cemetery, Tiverton, RI. Flowers welcome or donations in memory of Julie may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

For online tributes, please visit:


  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Burial Friday, May 17, 2019


Guilmira "Julie" Arruda

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Harry Mosher

May 15, 2019

Dear Joyce, Gail and Carl, please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. All of you and your mother will be in my prayers.

Connie Brogan

May 14, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Joyce and family, thinking about you all through this difficult time, I have great memories of Julie she was a spitfire and
made me laugh !! RIP Julie and God Bless

Jared Arruda

May 14, 2019

My Vavo is an amazing and strong woman! She never let anyone tell her what to do and always stood her ground with her beliefs. She used to always slip me a five dollar bill when my Vavu wasn’t looking and tell me “he doesn’t know, get some candy”. Her last words to me last week were “we love eachother” and I will cherish that and remember all the kind words she has shared with me through all the years!

Kim Medeiros

May 14, 2019

My spitfire will be missed deeply !!! This woman could read right through you and knew when you were having a good or bad day. She was my biggest protector and would fix any down day or any day with a chow mein sandwich ..... chourico and chips ..... hot dogs and French fries ..... or Pringle’s lived 94 healthy years !!!! Time for all of us to change up our diets ❤️

Keith Medeiros

May 14, 2019

My grandmother was always slipping me a few dollars when of course my grandfather wasn’t looking .. lol but the thing I will always remember most is her telling me “ what of it “ meaning do what you want don’t worry about what other people think . I will always live my life this way thank you for the words of wisdom .

felicia savage

May 14, 2019

julie always made me laugh everytime id go see her im glad i got to know her even if it was for a short time i will miss her rest in peace julie you'll be missed dearly