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Obituary for Liduina Soares Cabral (Araujo)

It is with heavy hearts that the children of Liduina Cabral announce the passing of their beloved mother.

On Friday, December 1st, at Lissard House, our sweet mother surrounded by her family passed away to join her loved ones after battling a courageous 11 week fight against cancer.

Our mother, Liduina was born on April 15th, 1938 in Santa Maria, Acores to parents Maria da Conceicao Soares and Jose Soares Araujo. She was a hard worker starting at such a young age helping her parents take care of her younger brother and sisters. She grew up with 9 siblings.

Mom, lost her father when she was only 18 years old. This was her first big loss of losing someone she loved.

Our mother met our father when she was 14 years old and their love was unstoppable. They dated for 6 years and at the age of 20 she married our dear father. She was wise beyond her years and what she wanted she made sure she gave it her all.

Our parents had 4 children before moving to Canada in 1971, where they planted their feet in Cambridge Ontario to build a better life for their family.

Moving 3 times while on Beverly St, they finally settled at their sweet home at 77 Beverly, where they took pride in making a wonderful backyard with vegetable gardens, flowers, greenhouse full of vegetable plants for all their friends near and far. And we can't forget the best grapes ever!!

1974 was a very challenging year with a lot of sadness and one happy moment. In February our Mother's mother died and her heart was broken as she was preparing for her to come visit the family in Canada. Just a few months later, our oldest brother Jose Dinis was hit crossing the street in front of their family home and passed away 10 days later. Our parents were truly heartbroken from the worse pain a parent could suffer. But again, our mother, the strong woman she was, gave birth to our youngest sister 3 months after losing her son.

She had a village supporting her with all the suffering and disbelief they had to endure. She focused on her faith of God and kept herself busy making clothes for her newborn with tears streaming down her face she would later share with us.

We have never met such a strong, stubborn and feisty woman who would challenge anything or anyone that she thought was wrong and would always stand up for her children and family. She was a force not to be reckoned with.

Through the years she welcomed sons-in-law and daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren and inherited grandchildren.

Leaving to mourn Liduina are her daughter's Maria (Carlos), Zelia (Dwayne), Nellie (Antonio) and her "boy" her son Ernesto that she held so close to her heart. Grandchildren Jason (Jennifer), Melissa, Felicia (Nino), Mark (Chantelle), Ian, Rebecca (Joey) and Diego. Inherited Grandchildren Catarina (Steve), Nelson (Stephanie), Jessica (Brian). Great Grandchildren Jonathan, Summer, Meccias, Lacee, Dove, Slater and the newest addition to the family, baby Joseph, whom she was able to meet and tell him she loved him 2 weeks prior passing away.
Inherited great grandchildren, Millton, Savannah, Bella, Taio, Melina, Avery, Adrian, Sofia and Damis. Her love extended to all the inherited children that made up her grandchildren blended families, Ella, Morgan, Zoey. She also leaves behind her 3 heartbroken sisters, Celina (Manuel), Leopoldina and Maria Fatima. She adored her many nephews and nieces and took pride in having many of them call her Madrinha.

Mom also leaves behind her sister-in-law, Conceicao Cabral as well as her dearest friend Maria Bernarda of over 65 years both residing in the USA. Maria Avila, her dear friend, will also share the loss of our mother, as well as her new and old friends from Riverbend Place.

Feb, 2011, our mother's world changed again when she lost the absolute love of her life, our father, Joao. But the strong woman she was turned to her faith again conquered through it. She is predeceased by her parents, many siblings, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Our mother was welcomed as a Jehovah Witness a few years after our father passed away. Her brothers and sisters at the congregation were amazing to her and they were able to include her in their daily activities and outings and kept her busy and focused on her faith, something that was so very important to her. Thank you for all you have done for her and for the family during this difficult time.

Our mother's health declined during covid, but with the help of Riverbend Assisted Living in December 2021, she was able to come back a stronger Liduina and kept showing us who was in charge again and again. The transition to Riverbend and selling of our family home on Beverly St was hard for her to deal with, but again, the strong woman that she was did it again. She said with tears in her eyes that she wished the new family that moved to 77 Beverly Street address would feel as comfortable and make many many memories as we did there.

September 2023, mom was diagnosed with aggressive cancer, as we wiped her tears, we told her we would be with her every step of the way and never leave her side. Again, she defied the odds and looked like a million bucks as she held her head high many days and focused on living life.

The bad days eventually took over, and she fought as hard as she could, but in the end, she succumbed to this terrible disease that she feared all her life.

Her love was like no other... she said she had so much love to give, and we will forever be grateful how much she truly adored us. We love you mae, you truly are our princess... we adore you and miss you every day, but believe now that you are reunited with our father and our brother, Joe. You will live in our hearts forever..

Our mother taught us so much about her life and her culture. She loved to cook, sew, crochet, knit and anything crafty. She could do it all and loved to try anything new.

She loved to make sure we never left her home with an empty stomach and always shared her special desserts, home made bread and meals with us to take home to our families.

She had so much patience with her grandchildren when they wanted to learn all of her special talents like making cookies or knitting.

She also had a love for shopping and would enjoy all the different stores and sales!.

We want to thank Riverbend Place for the last two years of her life. The PSW's, nurses and especially Odessa, who truly was an angel to our mother and treated her with so much kindness and respect. We would also like to thank Erin the Palliative Nurse Practitioner and Devon Occupational Therapist. We will forever be grateful to you. We thank Lissard staff for her short time with the home, the care was exceptional.

Our mother leaves behind a special that needed to be shared. Thank you to everyone who made the last moments of her life special.

She shared so many stories of her life before she passed away. We are glad to have been able to share this time with her even though our hearts broke knowing there was nothing we could do to protect her or help her.

All she wanted was us to be with her during this time and always stay united when she was left us.

Thank you to everyone who came to see her at Riverbend. We will forever be grateful for you putting that smile on her face.

Please consider donating to Lissard House in lieu of flowers