Maria G Goes

January 25, 1921March 16, 2014

In Liew of Sending Flowers, Please send Donations to Nazareth House

Our beloved mother Maria “Gloria” Goes passed away on March 16, 2014. Gloria was born on January 25, 1921 in Central Falls, Rhode Island to Antonio and Rosa Morreira. She was raised in Madeira, Portugal where she married and had a daughter Mary Jo and became a widow at a young age. Wanting a better life for herself, she immigrated to the United States with her daughter Mary Jo. She met her future husband, Joao Goes who had 3 children of his own. Gloria and Joao, together, had a daughter Judy. Gloria also raised her 2 step-sons from their early teenage years. Years later, her step-daughter and family immigrated to the United States from Portugal. Gloria always felt that her step-children were her “children” and not step-children. Gloria worked many years as a cannery worker at Westgate Cannery, Van Camps Cannery and Bumble Bee Tuna. Gloria was the matriarch of our family and was deeply loved by her family and many friends. As a devote Catholic, her life reflected a deep love of God. She will be remembered for her generosity, compassion and graciousness. At an early age in Portugal she did embroidery and learned to crochet once she retired. She was a great cook and baker. Everyone enjoyed Gloria’s many special dishes. Gloria is survived by her children Mary Lopez (Frank), Judy Williamson (Jerry), John Gois (Sharon), Joe Gois (Clara) and Martinha Abreu (Jordao) along with 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Agnes Church, 1140 Evergreen Street, San Diego CA 92106 with burial immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Nazareth House, 6333 Rancho Mission Road, San Diego, Ca 92108 indicating in memory of Maria Gloria Goes.

Arrangements under the direction of Goodbody Mortuary, San Diego, CA.


  • Rosary Service Friday, March 21, 2014
  • Funeral Mass Friday, March 21, 2014
  • Committal Service Friday, March 21, 2014

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Martinha Abreu

October 12, 2014

I love and miss you Avoa.

Judy Williamson

April 5, 2014

Mae (Mom),
I was so blessed to have you as my mother. Your example of everlasting love, kindness and faith in God will always be in my heart. I miss you terribly, but I know you are in a better place with God and all the angels in heaven. Rest in peace mae for you are no longer suffering. Adeus until we meet again. Love you so much! Judy

Sharon Gois

March 26, 2014

To my amazing mother inlaw, who was like a mother to me. You were an amazing loving women, I will love and miss you always. Love Sharon

Amanda Gois

March 26, 2014

Grandma Gloria, you are my inspiration and example in all things family. You raised your stepchildren as if they were your own. You welcomed my girls, Madison and Rachel into your heart as if they had be your born grand daughters. Your Grace and kindness are attributes I see in my John and I know he got that from you. We are all better people for knowing you and my committment to you is to continue to use you as my example.
Thank you for blessing us with your love.
You will always be in our hearts.

Jeanette Sanfilippo

March 26, 2014

My darling grandma - you loved and you were loved... You lived your life with gratitude and honor, never bitterness. You are the few people I know that really counted your blessings in life. You understood that the real importance of life were the people and love surrounding you... I will try to walk your journey of life - by always honoring my blessings and being grateful for them. I love you forever and my heart misses you very much ??

Brian & Melissa Cromwell-Wilson

March 23, 2014

Beautiful, amazing women who will be missed! Our prayers go out to the entire family.

March 23, 2014

Tia, my beautiful, caring Aunt. Always with encouraging and loving words. She will be truly missed. But at the same time you know there are Smiles and Laughter in Heaven.
Love you Tia.

Nona E

March 21, 2014

The finest woman I have ever had the pleasure of loving.