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TOMÉ da SILVA LAWVER, 86
BIGFORK, MT. - Maria Sinharinha Tome' da Silva Lawver, 86, passed away on January 11, 2013, at Lakeview Care Center surrounded by her loving family.
Born June 11, 1926, to Maria Grangeiro Tome' and Jose' Tome' da Silva near Fortaleza, Brazil. She came to the United States to attend college at Florida Southern in Lakeland, Florida. There she met and married her soul mate, James Everett Lawver. Jim and "Tome'" lived in Lakeland for several years before moving to Edina, Minnesota in 1963, at which time she earned her Master's degree at the University of Minnesota while teaching Portuguese to undergraduates. In 1974, she and her husband moved back to Lakeland, Florida eventually to retire there. In 2011, Tome' moved to Bigfork, Montana to be close to her daughter, Joyce.
Tome' is preceded in her death by her parents, all her siblings and her husband of 49 years, James Everett Lawver. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Lawver Mitchell and her husband Dan Mitchell of Bigfork, Montana, and her son, Joseph West Lawver and his wife Sylvia and daughter Georgia of Edina, Minnesota, and her nieces, Lorraine Smith of West Palm Beach, Florida and Virginia Lovisolo of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Tome' was an accomplished poet with several published poems. She was fluent in all romance languages especially Portuguese, Spanish, French and Latin and served briefly as a translator when in Florida.
She was a loving and devoted wife, a caring mother and grandmother, a dear friend, a constant source of inspiration and will be forever missed.
Published in Ledger from Jan. 20 to Jan. 21, 2013