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Lucinda Teixeira Cardoza

Lucinda Teixeira Cardoza passed away peacefully at home on October 17, 2014, after a long struggle with cancer. She was born on September 26, 1930 in Lathrop, California, at her family home. The midwife who delivered her into the world, also delivered her future husband of 64 loving years, Serafine Cardoza. She was born to Manuel and Isabel (de Sousa) Teixeira, who were immigrants from the island of Sao Jorge, Azores.

During the depression, her father died and her mother was left to raise four children. Her father's brother, Joseph Teixeira, stepped in to raise his brother's children and he would become the grandfather of the next generation. Lucinda grew up on a dairy farm in Manteca, California, graduating from Manteca High School in 1948. She loved dancing and attending Portuguese festivities, always chaperoned by her mother. Her future husband caught her eye as he was also an excellent dancer. At 19 years old, she married Serafine, who was 22, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. At this young age, they remarkably had saved enough to build their first custom home in Manteca. She was a dental assistant while her husband drove a milk truck and worked at a tire shop. They went on to buy their own dairy.

They later moved to Half Moon Bay, California, where they have lived for 55 years. She was a loving mother, homemaker and delicious cook, always having a meal or dessert for whoever came by. She deeply believed in the importance of education. They had little money, but scrimped to send their daughters to school at Notre Dame in Belmont. She volunteered many days and nights, helping Portuguese families who had arrived from the Azores and couldn't speak English. She truly enjoyed helping others and attended many births, deaths, doctor visits and school meetings as a translator and support. She was a fluent speaker, but studied and taught herself to write in Portuguese. She was an artistic flower arranger and for many years, volunteered to make bouquets for Sunday Masses at Our Lady of the Pilar Catholic Church. Her home always had a beautiful bouquet on the kitchen table.

Lucinda went on to become a very conscientious and caring bi-lingual teacher's aide at the Cabrilllo Unified School District. She was happy and proud when she saw her former students and their success years later. She also worked for San Mateo County Mental Health as the first Portuguese bi-lingual liaison for the county. Seeing the need for daily life language skills, she taught evening adult education classes with her daughter, Sharlene.

Preparing for family vacations and traveling was a joy for her. They saved and made it a priority to take their children on a yearly getaway to investigate other places and enjoy relaxing time together. They camped in California and travelled across the United States including Hawaii, Canada, Mexico and Europe, especially embracing many trips to the Azores, visiting family and friends. They travelled many times to visit their daughters in Washington State.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Serafine Cardoza, who called her "my beautiful sweetheart" as he brought her a daily flower from the garden; her daughters, Sharlene Cardoza and Alicia Brown, and son-in-law, Jeff Brown. Her grandchildren; Travis Cole, Jonah Cole, Devon Cole, Jacob Brown and Nathan Brown. Her beloved sister and brother, Celeste (Arthur) Cabral and George Teixeira . Proceeding her in death were her parents, Isabel and Manuel Teixeira, and her older brother, Manuel Texeira (with whom she had so much fun), and Joseph Teixeira, (Uncle Joe) who stepped up and raised her family in a difficult time.

"Anything that has real and lasting value is always a gift from within."
Franz Kafka
Austrian (Czechoslovakian-born) author
(1883 - 1924)