Carmelia Silva Mattas
September 3, 1924 – March 12, 2018
Carmelia Silva Mattas born September 3, 1924, in Faja, Redonda Island, Azores passed away Monday, March 12, 2018. She was preceded in death by her first husband Domingos Silva, who passed away from cancer in 1961, and her second husband Joe Mattas who passed away in 2009, her mother, father, a brother, Manuel H. Matos, a sister, Maria H. DaSilva, and a son-in-law, Kenneth Wayne Tyler.
Carmelia and Domingos married in the Azores Island of Saint Jorge and soon after the couple came to the United States, where Domingos worked on the family ranch while Carmelia cared for her family. After the death of her first husband Carmelia worked as a domestic for Olga Griswold, for 10 years and then as a carpet mill worker for the next 20 years.
Carmelia was proud of her Portuguese heritage and was an active member of various organizations that embraced the Portuguese culture and traditions. She belonged to: SPRSI, a fraternal organization, PFSA, the Cabrillo Club and the Hanford Fraternal Hall.
She is survived by two daughters, Filomena Silva Medina of Ukiah, CA, and Carmelia Silva of Hanford, two brothers, Joao H. Matos of Brazil and Jose H. Matos of the Azores, two step-children Rodney Mattas, wife Pat, Mary Jo Hooper Fowler, husband Don, 5 grandchildren, Tina Tyler-Oshea, husband Kenan, Laura Tyler Burns, husband Dwayne, Adam Tyler, Les Paul, wife Megan, Parker Paul, wife Tracy, 5 step-grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 11 step-great grandchildren, 3 great, great grandchildren, a Godchild Maria Pedro and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Carmelia will be held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 10:00 am at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Hanford. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 10:30 am at St. Brigid Church and Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 am. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Hanford.
The family requests that in-lieu of masses, remembrances be made to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital. Services provided by Whitehurst McNamara Funeral Chapel, Hanford.