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Theresa Marie (Macedo) Souza

d. February 12, 2023

Theresa Marie (Macedo) Souza, 71, of New Bedford, surrendered to eternal life in heaven, with her Holy Father, on February 12, 2023. After a courageous fight she took her last breath peacefully holding hands with her two loving daughters Erica Souza Trahan and Dr. Jauna Souza-Quatrano DMD while being raised up to the Lord in song.

Born on December 30, 1951, the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Gladys (Simpkin) Macedo. She and her three older brothers, Edward, Paul and Fred Jr. were raised by their two deaf parents in New Bedford where she was brought up in the Catholic faith. She attended Mt. Carmel School and received her high school diploma from New Bedford High School, Class of 1970. Upon graduation, Theresa decided to practice her faith by entering the convent for 3 years but believed God’s bigger plan was to have her two daughters who she loved with all of her heart.

During her childhood, teenage and young adult years, Theresa worked at Macedo’s Pharmacy owned by her late Uncle Gene with her Godmother Stella. While working at the pharmacy she enrolled at SMU, now known as The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Marketing in 1977. After caring for her 2 young daughters, Theresa worked at Bristol County Blueprint Company for most of her adult life. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New Bedford where she was an active member of the Church Choir and held many titles in the Women’s League last being Vice President.

Theresa is survived by her daughters: Erica Souza Trahan; Dr. Jauna Souza-Quatrano DMD and her husband William Quatrano; brother Deacon Paul Macedo and his wife Marie (DeSousa) Macedo; sister-in-law Pauline (Almeida) Macedo; granddaughter, Eliana Trahan; grandsons Scott Trahan, Dominic Quatrano and Jack Quatrano; and her beloved nieces and nephews Christopher, Elizabeth, Aaron, Melissa, Carolina, Jacob and Bethany. She is also survived by many great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends to which she considered her family. She is predeceased by not only her parents but her two other brothers Edward Macedo and Ferdinand Jr. Macedo.

Terri touched the lives of many people and will sorely be missed. She will be remembered by her contagious smile and positive outlook of life.

Theresa’s visiting hours will be held on Friday, February 17, 2023 at Perry Funeral Home from 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. Her funeral will take place on Saturday morning, beginning in the funeral home at 8:00 A.M. and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at 9:00 A.M. Burial will immediately follow in St John’s Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Perry Funeral Home, 111 Dartmouth Street, New Bedford MA.

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