Anna DaRosa Paiva
Anna DaRosa Paiva took her first breath on December 15, 1927, and her last breath on September 06, 2021, and both of those breaths are a miracle. The biggest miracle is what happens in-between those two breaths of 93 years. Anna is a wonderful combination of truly being a child of God. With a childlike playful, joyous, cheerful, compassionate nature, and at the same time, deeply faithful in the fullness of piety, study, and action. Her piety was daily mass … and daily rosary. Her study included numerous spiritual books. Her action was service to others; Family, Our Lord, and Community.
Serving her family:
Anna's Husband of 65 years, Charles Paiva, who preceded her.
Anna's four sons and daughter; Richard Paiva (Aida Tatum), Raymond Paiva (Beth), Russell Paiva, Ralph Paiva (Zoe), Roberta Paiva Yarborough (deceased) (Jerry).
Anna’s nine Grandchildren Charles Paiva (Heather), Courtnay Brumbeck (Ryan), Jason Paiva (Natalie), Mary Kennedy (Neil), Julie Turgeon, Colby Paiva (Toni), Ryan Paiva (Hala), Kelly Paiva, Sarah Bourne (Ashley).
Anna’s 22 great-grandchildren
Serving the Lord:
Kairos Prison Ministry at Florida State Prison, Raiford, FL and Tomoka Correctional Institution, Daytona Beach
Cursillo Ministry and Ultreya Coordinator
St. Peter Rosery Alter Society
Serving the community:
Volunteer at the Village Store for the Junior Service League of DeLand
Volunteer at the women’s breast center at West Volusia Memorial Hospital
Volunteer school teacher at St. Peter Catholic School
Volunteer Juvenile Justice arbitrator- helping youth to not enter the prison system
Helping her grandson become a city commissioner
Her friends & neighbors; Anna is the lady that can make a friend in 3 minutes, and have them for a lifetime.
My 90-year-old father once told me one of the greatest gifts that he ever received was knowing that his mother passed peacefully. Surrounded by family members, Anna did just that. Her family will be forever grateful too. On September 6th there was only one picture in her room, that of her wedding day. Holding her hand, I glanced at that picture, and looking at my father, it seemed, he was smiling at me. The thought came over me, could it be possible that she would pass on the day of her 73rd wedding anniversary? That my father & mother would be reunited on their anniversary? My father was smiling; and yes, they were!
“Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!” Revelation 14:13
My father and mother were about service to others;
To donate to the Haiti mission, you may write a check to Partners with Haiti, write Mission Circle on the memo line and mail to Mission Circle c/o Gini Eckert, 280 Raymore Ave., DeLand, FL 32720. This ministry was started by St Peter parishioners and their mission trips. May God richly bless you for your donations.
Wake service & viewing (with masks):
Friday, September 17, 2021 6pm to 8pm
Lankford Funeral Home
Saturday, September 18, 2021 10am
St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Interment to follow:
DeLand Memorial Gardens