Loide E. (Franco) Souza, 86, of Rochester died June 27, 2018 peacefully at Brookdale Dartmouth Village.
She was the wife of the late George Souza.
Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Manuel and Cecilia (Tavares) Franco, she lived in New Bedford before moving to Rochester.
Mrs. Souza was formerly employed as a bookkeeper at the Country Club of New Bedford for many years until her retirement.
She spent her early years playing golf and traveling with her husband and lifelong friends. Her most treasured trip was her visit to Madeira to see her families village. She was also an avid crafter who enjoyed sewing outfits for her children and grandchildren, especially for the holidays. She crafted dolls, stuffed animals, ornaments and spent many hours quilting and needlepointing special projects she would gift to her family.
Survivors include her 2 daughters, Ruth Aubertine and her husband John of New Bedford and Loide Wotton and her husband Melvin of Rochester; a sister-in-law, Sarah Epley of Colorado; 6 grandchildren, Kelly Horan, Jillian Silva, Justin Wotton, Jenelle Wotton, Jaime Wotton and Melissa Wotton; 9 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Sydney and Sarah Horan, Cayden and Cole Silva, Lillian Wotton, Jonathan Farina, Kayleigh and Zackary Wotton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was the sister of the late George Tavares Franco.
Her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 30th at 10:30 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. Her family will receive guests from 9:30 – 10:30 AM prior to her service. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.