Delia P. Lima
CUMBERLAND- Delia P. (Rego) Lima 92, of Cumberland, affectionately know as "Dee", born in West Warwick, RI to Manuel and Teolinda (Silva) Rego; the eldest of twelve children. She was the loving wife of 66 years to Felix A. Lima.
Dee was a registered nurse, for more than 45 years, beginning her career at Notre Dame Hospital in Central Falls, RI, and later worked as a private nurse for Dr. Upton Savoie.
While continuing her nursing practice, Dee earned her degree in cosmetology. She would practice as a licensed cosmetician for many years, simultaneously with her nursing commitment.
Dee was a communicant of Our Lady of Fatima Church (Cumberland) serving as a CCD teacher for an amazing fifty-three years, teaching many of the children of her earlier students who had reached adulthood. She was also involved in the Parish as a Eucharistic Minister and served as ticket chairperson for numerous church functions and affectionately dubbed the "ticket sale queen of Cumberland".
Always active in the Blackstone Valley community, Dee was a member of the Cumberland Lions Club; recently receiving the Club's highest National recognition, the Melvin Jones Award... as a distinction for her humanitarian efforts.
Dee was an avid dancer, and with her husband/partner Felix could really "cut a rug" as the expression goes. Similarly, she was an accomplished bowler earning a multitude of awards.
Living in Cumberland for her entire married life, Dee established strong ties with the community. Her willingness to volunteer and offer others a helping hand are well documented. She was praised for her constant "positive attitude" and served as a role model for those who looked at life as a glass half full, rather than half empty.
Dee's love for children and willingness to help those in need, are just part of her legacy. She was very proud of having many friends, and having a husband of 66 years who together demonstrated what can honestly be called a "rare and true love story".
It was her love of family (her son Wayne, granddaughter Stacy, and daughter-in-law Sharon) which made Dee really proud and shine.
Besides her husband Felix, Dee is survived by her loving son Wayne, daughter-in-law Sharon, and granddaughter Stacy of Lincoln; four sisters, Amelia Cavaco, Evelyn Andrade, Eileen Medeiros all of West Warwick, and Elizabeth Moniz of Florida; sister-in-laws and brother-in laws, and dozens of nieces, nephews, and godchildren.
A celebration of her life and funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from the J. J. Duffy Funeral Home, 757 Mendon Rd. Rte. 122, Cumberland. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Church, Fatima Dr., Cumberland. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cumberland. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Calling hours Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.