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Anna P. Varella

January 26, 1926 ~ May 14, 2022 (age 96)


Anna Varella, 96, of Cranston, RI passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 14. She was born in Central Falls, RI on January 26, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Maria L. Monteiro and Sylvester Monteiro and the step-daughter of the late Joaquin Monteiro.

Anna was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Joseph T. Varella. Although no biological children were born from their union, Anna and Joe’s love and desire for becoming parents did not fade away but became even stronger. They both unselfishly decided not to give up on the overflowing love and desire in their hearts that they had for children and decided instead to give, share and shower it upon Lisa (Varella) Garmon, Domingo Varella, Nakia (Varella) Concepcion, Shelis Perkins and a host of other nieces and nephews. They became the most amazing parent figures to many.

In Anna’s golden years of life Lisa, along with her husband Gregory Garmon Sr. and Nakia, along with her husband Nestor Concepcion took on the role of caregiver to ensure Anna’s life was lived (comfortably, happily and peacefully) to the fullest, always providing her with the love and support she deserved.

Always active within the community, Anna was a member of various organizations including the Cape Verdean Progressive Center, The Women’s Guild and The American Legion. Anna was soft spoken and always knew how to bring calm to any situation. She was also a leader and was intelligent, sharp minded, focused, filled with wisdom, full of advice and had an astonishing memory. She possessed all of these qualities and characteristics until her passing.

Anna was a social butterfly and loved to dance - regularly attending functions, especially when she could drag her sister Rose along with her - you’d hardly ever see one of them without the other. Up until her passing, Anna, our beloved family matriarch, loved and enjoyed breaking bread and fellowshipping with family, playing cards, word search, laughing and living life. She was as humble as they come, kind, loving, easy to please, and didn’t ask for or require much. Anna was a true blessing and gift from God to our whole family whose life and love for every one of us was a living testimony of the light and love of Christ that dwelled in her heart and poured over to ours!  

Anna was the last of her siblings to transition into everlasting life and was preceded in death by her beloved siblings Louisa Monteiro, Dorothy Perry, Rose Varella, Elsie Almeida, Arthur Monteiro and Inez Santos.

Anna was a pilar and anchor of love to her family and her memory will be carried on by all of her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, God-children and extended family. We thank God for Aunty Anna and in Jesus name and celebrate her life and home going.




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