Beautiful Lorraine Dutra blessed this Earth for 64 years. She is survived by her loving husband Melvin Auguste Dutra and their children Nicole, Kimberly, and Steven… and her grandchildren Gabriel and Nathaniel. Also by her Mother Isilda Rodrigues Costa and her siblings Maria Lindenmuth, Margaret Walke, Manny Costa, Sandra Woo, Rosie Thompson, and Fernanda Wilson. She was pre-deceased by her Father Manuel Leal Costa. Lorraine leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews; Kathleen, Ryan, Natalie, Michael, Jarrett, William, Eryn, Bradley, Katelynn and Alle. She also leaves behind 6 great nieces/nephews.
Lorraine was born in Silveira, Pico in the Azores Islands. She came to America at the age of 8. She resided in Santa Clara with her family for her adolescent years and attended Santa Clara High School where she graduated in 1970. The following month she married the love of her life, Melvin, on July 26, 1970. Shortly after the wedding, she and her husband moved to Europe while Melvin served in the United States Army for the next few years. In 1975, Lorraine gave birth to their first daughter Nicole, then her second daughter Kimberly in 1977. In 1983, her son, Steven, was born and completed the Dutra Family.
Lorraine was a devoted wife, a nurturing mother and grandmother, a dedicated daughter, a loving sister, a faithful friend, a trusting co-worker, not to mention a wonderful cook and a soccer mom of three. She was a woman of inspiring strength. In 2002, Lorraine was diagnosed with cancer. She had an unwavering determination to live a fulfilling life with all those she loved so dearly. She touched so many people throughout her life. First and foremost she wanted everyone to be happy.
Lorraine’s last days were spent surrounded by her loving family and visits from friends. She is at peace now. Lorraine leaves behind her tender loving heart and millions of unforgettable memories for all of us to share.
Above all, Lorraine was frustrated by the lack of research for the disease that she battled for 13 years, but in the end took her life. Lorraine tried several trial chemotherapies during her battle, doing her job to help develop the cure for Leiomyosarcoma. Now, it is our turn to do our part. The Dutras have set up this fund in her memory in hopes that future patients benefit from the research your donation will support.
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