November 2, 1915 – July 3, 2019
CENTERVILLE- Mary (Rodriques) Dutra, 103, died on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Cape Regency Nursing Home in Centerville. She was the beloved wife of the late Avelino Dutra with whom she shared 46 years of marriage until his passing in 1979.
Born in the Azores on November 2, 1915, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Alice Rodriques. Mary came to the United States in 1933 where she lived most of her life as a resident of West Barnstable. She was a talented seamstress for over 50 years.
Mary was a faithful Christian and long time parishioner at Our Lady of Hope. She was an avid gardener and belonged to the Red Hats club.
She is survived by her son, Avelino Dutra and his wife Eileen of Port Orange, FL; seven grandchildren, Heidi Smith and her husband Jeff of Marstons Mills, Debra McBride of Cape Coral, FL, Debra Ann Sharkey of Watertown, Joanne Dutra of Michigan, William Dutra of Lebanon, ME, Suzanne Smith of Falmouth, and Diane Dutra of VA; 9 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren; two nieces, Ilda Soares Silva and her husband Joe of Flores, Azores, and Mary O'Neil of W. Barnstable; and special friends, Ken, Olivia, Lenny & Kris; as well as many additional longtime friends.
Mary was predeceased by her son John R. Dutra who passed away on July 3, 2012; her sister, IIda Rodriques Soares of the Azores; and a nephew, David Dutra who passed away in 2018.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, July 29th at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church, W. Barnstable. Burial will take place directly following in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Centerville. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.doanebealameshyannis.com
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July 9, 2019
Sorry for your loss Mary I love you rest in peace your aide Jean at Cape Regency
July 9, 2019
Debbie and Heidi and family so sorry to hear of your sweet Nana's passing but what a glorious day for her to join her loved ones in Heaven!! I know how much she meant to you and always loved your stories of her antics and strong personality!!Know that you will always have her in your hearts and memories and Nana is forever yours watching over you.❤🙏Love you Laura
Adalino & Mary Cabral
July 6, 2019
"WHAT'S IT TO YOU?!" ... Maria Alice Rodrigues Dutra
Having passed by Our Lady of Hope Church on 6A several times,
we decided to stop and check it out on a gray Saturday afternoon.
For some reason, there seemed to be something "Portuguese"
about the red brick building (from Barnstable Brick Co., right in
Mary's back yard). Everything was locked; nobody around.
However, we saw the image of a short lady slowly walking on
the empty parking lot. I asked her a few questions about the
church, and she responded with a slight accent. I then asked
her where she might be from, and the answer came swiftly:
"What's it to you!?!?" I said that I too had an accept, and then
she said she was Portuguese--from the Azores. "Eu tambem
sou portugues!" (I, too, am Portuguese!) From that very moment
we spoke nothing but Portuguese--both pleased at our newly
discovered friendship. She said she hadn't spoken Portuguese
since her husband, Avelino, died. So, we committed to speak
at least once per week in Portuguese, in person or by phone.
It started to rain a bit, and so we invited to give her a ride home.
She said, her house was not far from the church. Mary was in
charge. She said to turn here, and there and we arrived at her
house across the street! "I told you it wasn't far!" And she
giggles... We'd visit periodically, and sometimes bring her to our
home in Yarmouth. We enjoyed seeing her beautiful silver Holy
Ghost crown (from Portugal) on her bedroom bureau. When Mary
moved from her cherished home on Main St., Rt. 6A, she donated
the crown to the Holy Ghost Society of Cotuit. The good memories
of our friendship allowed for personal and spiritual growth. It allowed
us the opportunity to share cultural beauty of the Portuguese world,
especially Azorean; she being from Faial island, and I from Sao
Miguel. Mary was a true pioneer on Cape Cod, having left her
village in Faial a married woman at 17 in 1933-- always learning
& growing in wisdom. RIP, Amiga Maria. A Paz de Cristo.