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Emilia “Emily” (Henriques) Fernandes

May 16, 2020


Emilia “Emily” (Henriques) Fernandes, 95, of Fairhaven, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Buttonwood One, in New Bedford, after a period of declining health.  She was the wife of 60 years to the late Joseph Fernandes.

Born and raised in New Bedford, daughter of the late Francisco and Olympia (Cabral) Henriques, she settled in Fairhaven in 1961 where she was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church.  Mrs. Fernandes was a graduate of the Campbell Business School and had worked at the Registry of Motor Vehicles for many years.  Prior to that she worked at the Merchants Bank in New Bedford.

She is survived by her son, Joseph Fernandes, Jr. and his wife Candace of Acushnet;  two daughters, Joyce Fonteneau and her husband Norman of Fairhaven and Erlene Morra and her husband Richard of Naples, FL;  four grandchildren, Jordan Fernandes, Kimberly Rivard and her husband Rene, Matthew Fonteneau and his wife Cynthia and Jennifer Arruda;  six great grandchildren, Erik and Lauren Golda, Katherine and Jillian Rivard and Milo and Bryce Fonteneau;  and several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Fernandes was the sister of the late Antonio and Americo Henriques and Gloria August.

Emily was a resident of the Atria Assisted Living in Fairhaven for the past 8 years.  Many thanks to the nurse’s, CNA’s, dining room and maintenance staff who she loved and were a part of her family.  Also many thanks to St. Luke’s Hospital and the Healing Garden for their professional and caring staff.

Her funeral service will be private, under the direction of the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 117 Main St., Fairhaven.  Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, New Bedford.

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