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Maria Alice P. Monteiro Moreira
June 10, 1946 ~ October 22, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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A caring, joyful, kind and gentle mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and friend…. Best known for her quiet but good-humored and playful disposition. She was often described as having “gold hands” because of the beautiful creations she made. She will be missed more than words can say... We love you forever Mom!
Alice Moreira, 77, of North Tarrytown but retired in Alijo, Portugal, died peacefully in her sleep at her daughter’s home in Armonk, N.Y. on October 22, 2023.
She was born in Marco de Canaveses in 1946 to Luis Monteiro Sousa e Maria Pinto de Moura who traveled across the oceans in pursuit of a better life and raised their 7 children in Angola, Africa. Alice worked for Casa Voga in Luanda, an haute couture boutique where she learned the trade of seamstress. She also worked as a seamstress when she moved to Portugal in the 1970’s and later in New York in the 1980’s. She was well known for her skills in manual arts, baby and children’s clothing, delicate embroidery and painting.
When she first moved to New York she worked in the food services of the Maryknoll Sisters convent where she became a cook and later on, she worked as a housekeeper for a couple of families in the Tarrytowns and Briarcliff area. She would also on occasion help as a wardrobe seamstress at the An Evening Dinner Theater. Alice and her husband Jose Manuel were active members of the Portuguese American Cultural Center in Tarrytown. After Retirement in Alijo, Portugal, she was an active participant in the community and senior center activities where she enjoyed arts, literature, history, exercise and meditation, and charity work and well as helping her husband with his wine making hobby. She loved her rose garden and her dog Snowy.
Alice was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 56 years, Jose Manuel D Moreira and is survived by her daughter, Ana Maria Moreira-Calvao [John], her grandchildren JohnJoseph and Annielese, and her brothers; Antonio [Ma. Emilia], Jose Luis [Isabel], Manuel [Isabel], Jose Carlos [Celeste] and sisters; Madalena, Luisa [Manuel], and many nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Sebastiao Moreira and nephew Mario Moreira who both temporarily lived with Alice during their teenage years into adulthood and had a special bond with her.
A vigil and catholic funeral will be conducted in Alijo, Portugal, but the date will be announced at a later time next week. In lieu of flowers, donations to American Brain Tumor Association www.abta.org would be greatly appreciated.