Born Oct. 27, 1924 in Hawaii, she was the second daughter of Frank and Millie Cabral of Nahiku. Her future husband, Edwin Wilfred Medeiros of Paia, courted her by leaving flowers and "Forever Yours" candy bars on her doorstep. They married on August 14, 1943 at Holy Rosary Church in Paia, the ceremony taking place at 7 a.m. due to the wartime curfew. They made their home in Paukukalo and then moved to Wailuku, where they brought up their five children: Monte, Vernay, Cynthia, Sylvia and Gregory.
In 1959, the family moved to the mainland, eventually settling in their Mountain View home of 56 years. She was known to do the hula at any opportunity, and filled her home with the "aloha" spirit, her family said. She passed on Hawaiian traditions to her family with her island-style cooking and gardening, growing plumeria, hibiscus, ginger and ti leaves. The centerpiece was the guava tree from Maui that she grew from a seedling.
As a teenager, she worked in the cane fields near Hana, and as a telephone operator during the war. Later, she worked for her father-in-law, John "Kama'aina" Medeiros, who owned a liquor store in Paia. In California, she worked for 20 years as a supervisor at Applied Technology in Sunnyvale.
Her lifelong passion for baseball began with hosting a luau in honor of the Brooklyn Dodgers when they visited Maui in 1956. Her loyalty to the Dodgers was legendary, according to her family. She was also a devoted "Mama for Obama." Her travels included Europe, China, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Fiji and Tahiti. She was passionate about her Catholic faith, and for many years she volunteered at Martha's Kitchen in San Jose, preparing food for the homeless. On Thursdays, she prayed the rosary with the residents at Grant Cuesta nursing facility and attended Mass daily at St. Joseph's Church in Mountain View.
She was preceded in death by her husband Eddie and her siblings Margaret (Wilhelm), Tommy, Joe, Richard and Stephen.
She is survived by her children Monte (Sabrina), Vernay (John), Cynthia (David), Sylvia (Larry) and Greg (Robyn); eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass sung in Hawaiian by vocalist Faith Ako was presided over by her friend Father Bob Moran in Mountain View on Aug. 3.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Martha's Kitchen, 311 Willow St., San Jose, CA 95110 (www.marthas-kitchen.org).
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