Maria Ilda DaSilva
April 12, 1937
September 11, 2023 (86 years old)
In the quiet moments of reflection, we often remember the faces and voices of those who have made a mark in our lives. One such irreplaceable soul is Maria Ilda DaSilva of Ludlow, Massachusetts. The news of her departure on September 11, 2023, has blanketed our hearts in sadness. Born 86 years ago, Maria was a symbol of love, resilience, and grace for many.
Her life’s journey began with her parents, Francisco Agostinho and Ilda Maria Machado, and she grew up amidst the affection of her siblings: Acacio, Garcia, Nascimento, and Digna. Though they preceded her in passing, the bond they shared remains indelible in memories.
With her husband, Luis Carlos Dasilva by her side, she created a legacy of love and togetherness. Together, they celebrated the joys of parenthood with their daughters, Maria Zelia Alves (Artur Alves) and Anabela Smith (Jerry Smith, Sr.). She was a beacon of guidance and love for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, each of whom carries a fragment of her spirit and wisdom.
As the matriarch of the family, she was blessed to witness the growth and joys of her great-great-grandchild, Celeste Carmen (Cece). Maria’s legacy is also carried forward by her surviving sisters, Constancia, Julia, Lita (Venancio), and brother-in-law Marino Vitorino (Deolinda). In addition to her immediate family, Maria’s warm embrace reached out to countless cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends, each of whom held a special place in her heart.