Mary Josephine Souza

June 6, 1919 - April 12, 2012
Mary Josephine Souza

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Mary J Souza died peacefully in her sleep on 4/12/2012 at the age of 92. She was born in New York , NY and graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens in 1937. She married Clifford Souza in 1941 and was a loving mother to her three children.

She was an enthusiastic painter, sheller, gardener, golfer, bowler and had true joie de vivre. She lived in Huntington, New York for 30 years before moving to The Waterways in Center Moriches, NY and then to Jefferson Ferry in Setauket, NY. Her final years were spent at Patriotís Colony in Williamsburg .

She is predeceased by her husband, Cliff and her son, Clifford Souza Jr. She leaves behind her two daughters, Nora Morse and Zoe Smith, both of Williamsburg , Virginia and 7 grandchildren, Cliff Souza, Chris Souza, Zach Smith, Briana Smith Fosnaugh, Victoria Morse Love, Courtney Souza Marsh, Stephen Souza and 3 great grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest beside her husband at Mount Pleasant Cemetery , East Moriches , NY. Online condolences may be registered at

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  • April 16, 2012
    Vanessa Piper says:
    Although I did not know Mamie for a long time, I thoroughly enjoyed her company. She was a real firecracker! I will surely miss her stories and laughter at family gatherings and feel lucky to have met her. My condolences and prayers are with you all. --Vanessa Piper

  • April 17, 2012
    Karla Bentz says:
    i had the pleasure of taking communion from St Bede's Church to Mary for over a year. I enjoyed talking with her. Most of the time we had a good conversation. She certainly did have joie de vivre. She talked of her paintings,travels,daugters and shopping. I was sure she had lived an interesting life, and was glad to see a picture of her when she was younger in the paper and read more of her life. She is now resting at peace. May fond memories of better times be with you. Karla Bentz

  • April 14, 2012
    Phyllis Schultz says:
    I met Mary after buying a home at the Waterways. We both came from Huntington and enjoyed the game of Mah Jongg. Mary was warm, welcoming and delightful company. We missed her when she moved. Condolences to her family. Best, Dr. & Mrs. Irv Schultz (Phyllis)

  • April 15, 2012
    Sharon Marcial says:
    Nora, Please accept my condolences following your mother's passing. What a wonderful, vibrant, and long life your mother lived. My heart goes out to you and your family. Sincerely, Sharon Marcial