Virginia Melo Reis
Nossa Queirda Mãe, Virginia Moreira Melo Reis, 88 years old, known for her unwavering pride and never-ending love for her family passed away on February 3rd, 2021 peacefully surrounded by suas jóias. As much as we wanted to hold on to her forever, the time came to release her into God’s glory. We promised her that we would continue to honour her legacy by living our lives to the fullest, with joy, with passion, with food and with love.
The youngest of four girls, Virginia was born on March 18th, 1932 to Manuel Joaquim de Melo and Ana Soares Moreira in Santa Maria, Azores. On January 20th, 1955 she married the love of her life, Bernardino de Moura Reis, who never left her side. She was his purpose, his passion, and who never let go of her hand and whose love for her knew no bounds. Together they were blessed with three jóias, as she called us. Our blessed mother has been reunited with our brother Manuel who passed away June 9th, 1961 and who has been eagerly awaiting her return into his arms. Left to mourn, are her loving children; George Reis (Jan) and Ana Maria Paret (Roger) who will forever cherish so many beautiful memories of family gatherings, picnics, fishing at Port Dover, shopping in Toronto and standing in awe of Niagara Falls. Virginia is loving Avó to 3 beautiful grandchildren whom she treasured and embraced every moment she had with them: Eric Reis (Danielle), Vanessa Reis (Dave) and Noah Paret. It made her happy to ensure that the cupboard was well stocked with their favorite treats and that they knew that her heart and arms were their soft place to land when the world was too much for their gentle hearts. Left to mourn her loss is our sweet fur-grandpuppy Chase, who loved to follow her around as he knew that at some point some food would hit the floor.
Devoted to her faith, committed to her family, her hands were rarely still, she was always busy crocheting beautiful tablecloths and bedspreads, or making amazing meals, gingerbread cookies with the grandkids, and malassadas by the dozen. There was nothing she loved more than spending time with her family, a more dedicated and loving mother, wife and grandmother we could not have asked for. Our mother was not just a beautiful spirit, she also had such an amazing singing voice who taught herself how to play the 12-string guitar that her father built for her, her musical talent left us in awe.
Virginia leaves behind so many beautiful souls that she had the honour to call nieces and nephews. She loved each and every one of you. Her beloved sisters; Maria de Melo Moreira (Joaõ Soares Andrade), Maria de Jesus Moreira (Manuel Moreira) and Emilia Reis (Joaõ Reis). Antonio Andrade her Godson preceded her death in 1981. She is survived by her sisters-in-law; Maria Reis, Beatriz Figueiredo and Rosa Figueiredo. Predeceased by her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Joao Soares Andrade, Manuel Moreira, Joao Reis, Antonio Figueiredo, Manuel Figueiredo, Joao Figueiredo, Antonio Reis, Maria (Antonio), Jose, Emilia (Manuel), Virginia (Joao), Ana (Jose), Conceicao (Bernardino) and Ermelinda (Joao).
A special thank you to all the health care professionals that graced us with their compassion and care, in particular we would like to thank: Dr. Holling, Michelle, Abby, Cindy, Rodrigo, Pat and Joanne. And hand over heart thanks to PSW’s: Baljit, Aimee and…our dearest Yeme and Kortney (you are now one of the family, like it or not). And Lucy, what can I say, your hands and heart helped us through these last few months, and we love you more than words can say.
Due to Covid restrictions, private family services with interment at Parklawn Cemetery will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington would be appreciated by the family.
A special request, as we can not come together to celebrate our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Wife: Virginia expressed that her last wish was to sit on her porch with her adoring husband one more time and have an ice cream with him. We ask that in her honour you treat yourself to your favorite ice cream and stand outside under the stars and enjoy an ice cream for her.