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Margarida Savant

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Margarida Maria Savant (née Marques)

October 17, 1931 - August 7, 2018

We celebrate the life of an extraordinary woman who moved and inspired generations of family and friends across multiple continents with her welcoming and generous heart. In her 86 years of life she was known as Guida, Marguerite, Mom, Avo and Auntie to husband Bernard, children Dominic, Mark, Eric, Anna and Bernard, daughter-in-laws Deanna, Angelica, Día and Anja, grandchildren Elsa, Nathan, Matteo, Pascal, Etienne, Vivienne and Svea, mother Elvira and father Jose, sister Olivia, brother-in-laws John and Victor, sister-in-laws Mary-Ann, Jeanette and Barbara, nephews and nieces John Paul (and Samantha), Stephanie (and Sean), Johnny, Leila, Colin, Ben, Julian, Miya, Jaymi, Alison, David, Vicki, Michelle, Annette, Angie and Claudine, countless cousins, friends and their children.

Born in Hong Kong in 1931, Margarida lost her father and her home during the Japanese occupation in WWII and fled to her mother's native Macao. At the end of the war, she returned to Hong Kong were she lived until her late 20s with her mother and younger sister Olivia. She and Olivia emigrated to the US in 1959--her mother joined her 5 years later--and settled in San Francisco. She joined the St. Monica's Young Adult Club where she met her husband Bernard. Olivia later married Bernard's brother John. The two former refugee girls from Hong Kong established a family that grew to 29 members.

She balanced her responsibilities as a mother of five with an over 50 year career as a Tupperware consultant, becoming one of the top 20 managers in the country. When she retired from Tupperware, she was given a bracelet with 5 diamonds to represent her five children. Upon Bernard's death, she took up his mantle as President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and organized food, clothing and financial support for the needy of San Francisco. She was a lover of music, particularly singing, and was proud to have her husband, children and grandchildren sing for Popes, Presidents, symphony orchestras and opera companies.

She loved her family fiercely and announced it to any who would listen. And she always made room in her heart, her home and her dinner table for extended family and friends. As she lay fighting cancer in St. Mary's Hospital, she continued to play hostess to over 30 people a day. She died happily looking forward to joining her husband, sister, mother, father and family and friends who had gone ahead. We welcome you to join us for a memorial celebration mass on Friday, August 10th at 12 noon at St. Monica's Church, 23rd Avenue and Geary Boulevard, in San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco in her name.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 9, 2018
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