Mary Zuraida Corliss, age 70, passed away on Monday, May 13, 2013 at her cottage in Marion surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. She was the beloved wife of Richard Corliss with whom she shared 30 years of marriage. Born in Faial, Azores, she is the daughter of Mariana (Correia) and the late Hernani de Lencastre. She, along with her family moved to this country in 1959. Zuraida worked as a Seamstress, raised her family and worked at the family business. She was a woman of great faith who was dedicated to Christ until the end and was actively involved in the choir at St. Julie Billiart Parish. Mrs. Corliss was a woman of many talents and hobbies such as gardening, sewing and cooking. She very much enjoyed being the hostess and catering to her loving family during their many family gatherings. Zuraida was known for her kindness, generosity and selflessness. She lived for her grandchildren.
Her survivors include her husband, Richard; her mother Mariana; 5 children: Randall Medeiros and his wife Anna of Dartmouth; Timothy Medeiros and his wife Lisa of Dartmouth, Kevin Medeiros of Dartmouth, Shawn Corliss and his wife Jennifer of Raynham and Antonio Teixeira and his wife Maria of Taunton; stepchildren: Rick Corliss and his wife Shirley of Titusville, Fl, Karen Garza and her husband Paul of Kannapolis, NC; siblings: Fatima Oliver, Elsa Uekerus and Fernanda DeLima, all of Spring Hill, Fl, Natalie Vaz of Dartmouth, Felipa Lencastre Coelho,Joana Constança Lencastre, Isabel Maria Lencastre Prates, all of Lisbon Portugal. She is also survived by her stepfather Rogerio DaRosa of New Bedford as well as her beloved grandchildren.
Zuraida is predeceased by her first husband Louis Medeiros and her brother Carlos DeRosa.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the Southcoast VNA and Southcoast Cancer Center in Fairhaven for the individual and extraordinary care they give to Zuraida during her illness.
Her funeral will be Friday, May 17 at 8:45 A.M. at Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth St. in New Bedford with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at St. Julie Billiart Church at 10:00 A.M. Interment will follow at St. John Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Thursday evening in the funeral home from 5 – 8 P.M. Relatives and friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Lung Cancer Alliance. Please visit www.lungcanceralliance.org for more information