Anna M. DeSousa
1957 - 2021
Connors Funeral Home
55 West Main Road
Portsmouth, RI
Anna M. DeSousa
Anna M. DeSousa, 63, of Portsmouth, passed away at home with her family by her side on June 5, 2021.
Anna was born in Faial, Açores, to the late Henrique and Anna (Faria) Moitoso. She immigrated to the US in 1969 with her parents and siblings. She grew up and lived in RI, until she retired from the Seamen's Church Institute. She received her Bachelor's Degrees in Secondary Education and in Accounting. After retiring Anna applied her accounting skills working for the Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Watertown NY.
Anna loved nature, especially the ocean. She enjoyed hiking, bicycling, kayaking, and spending time with her many friends. Throughout her life Anna supported many non-profit and community organizations. Most notably was her love and support for Woman Outdoors, where she was a member for last 16 years and served on their board; welcoming many new faces to the community she so strongly believed in.
Anna is survived by her three sons, Charles, Michael, and Andrew; and her daughter-in-law Selah DeSousa. She also leaves her three brothers, Henry Moitoso and his wife Rosalina, their son Brian and his wife Megan and their son Hunter; Carlos Moitoso and his son Jason and his wife Yura, his daughter Amanda and husband Dale and their children Braxon and Maela; Eddie Moitoso and his wife Bethann and their children Ray, Trent, and Sophie. Additionally she leaves her godson, Rev. Philip Dufore, and many cousins.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Thursday July 1, 2021, at St. Anthony's Church, 2836 E Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871. A ceremony at Sachuest Point to put Anna's spirit to rest will follow the Mass at 12:30pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the Norman Bird Sanctuary (
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Published by Newport Daily News from Jun. 12 to Jun. 19, 2021.
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I am Jamie's Mom. Andrew and Jamie were house mates in Narragansett while attending URI. I am so sorry for your loss Andrew. You were a great friend to Jamie those years, and I am sure your Mom would have been very proud, but not surprised! Sending my love to you and your family - Sandy Steele
Sandy Steele
June 28, 2021
I got to know Anna while we were both serving on jury duty. I thought I recognized her and discovered she worked at Cornell Cooperative where I was a Volunteer Master Gardener. We quickly became friends and I found her very presence uplifting. She was so very engaging and loved to take treks to find new plants or birds. I will miss her smile and laughter. Peaceful journey my friend.
Kelly Hamilton
June 19, 2021
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