Mary F. Decosta, 96, of Kuau, Maui passed away peacefully at home on November 5, 2020, under the care of Islands Hospice. She was born on July 22, 1924 in Makawao, Maui to Joseph and Mary Ferreira.
The oldest of 15 children, she grew up in Pulehu and married former Maui Fire Chief Manuel De Costa on September 18, 1943. She was a gifted homemaker and mother of 8 who was famous and adored for her cooking and baking. Her Portuguese bean soup, Fat Tuesday malasadas, mango seed, pickled mango, lilikoi butter, and sweet bread baked in her stone oven were treasured by those who were lucky enough to taste them.
Mary was an avid square-dancing Upcountry Squares, but fishing was her absolute favorite past time. With a "Miracle Grow" touch, flowers and fruits bloomed abundantly in her yard. Even all the chickens and finches ni the neighborhood gathered in her backyard for the best scraps and food in town.
Although she traveled to many exotic places, Las Vegas often beckoned her return with its high-stakes earnings on slot machines. A competitive card shark by nature, she always looked forward to winning a game of 500 or Hanafuda, keeping a close eye on the cheaters at the table. "Talking story" with family and friends on the phone, and Sunday night dinners were her life blood. Always in control, she left this world on her terms, with her family near.
Her smile, energy and love for life will always be remembered.
She loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins and never hesitated to give them advice.
She is survived by her children Diana (Charlie) Ledward, Geraldine (John) Robison, Stephanie Franco, Sandra Chuenchit, Mary (Glen) Mayeda, Emily DeCosta, Michael (Donna) DeCosta; 23 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, as well as her siblings Joseph Ferreira, Betty Basques, Patricia Fernandez, Paul Ferreira and Shirley Caires.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Manuel G. DeCosta, son Manuel DeCosta Jr., daughter-in-law Angel DeCosta, son-in-law Sumret Chuenchit; her sisters Rosaline Feiteria and Eva Soares; brothers Lawrence, Louis, Anthony, Richard, Abel, John Melvin, and Charles Ferreira.
Visitation will be at Norman's Mortuary on Thursday, November 12, 2020, from 8 am - 9 am for immediate family. Public viewing will be 9 am to 11 am. The family requests wearing masks and practicing social distancing as a requirement by everyone in attendance. A private service and burial will follow for immediate family members only.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Lanai North at Maui Memorial Medical Center and Islands Hospice Staff - especially Lauren, Nani, Pauahi and Vivian. We also want to acknowledge all the doctors who cared for her throughout her life.
The services will be live streamed for all who would like to attend it virtually, please email - firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.