Maria Doherty

Maria Luiza do Carmo Doherty

Tuesday, January 5th, 1937 - Friday, July 24th, 2020
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On Friday, July 24, 2020 Maria Luiza do Carmo Doherty, age 83 of Rockville, MD died peacefully at Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring, MD. Born on January 5, 1937 in Bahia, Brazil to the late Rodolfo and Maria Do Carmo. She will be missed by Vicki Berman of Rockville and by many other friends and family.
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Erika Vogel

Posted at 09:04am
When I remember Luiza the first thing I think of is her incredible enveloping hugs. Her hugs always felt like home, whether I was 6 or 36. The next thing I think of is her permanent smile and then her finger wag that usually had a phrase to go with it, “Erika you better make sure you have someone help you with the house.” And following the proclamation there would be her wonderful giggle, she would put her hand over her mouth and her eyes would sparkle. But there was also the tough Luiza, while she was mostly sweet as sugar and did a great job spoiling us, she could lay down the law and you did NOT want to cross her. Sweet as sugar and tough as nails, that was Luiza.

Luiza is the person who first introduced me to the great wide world. She would make pasteo, she would teach us Brazilian songs, and share stories of Carnival. I’m not sure I ever got the words quite right to her songs, but the stories she shared all seemed so magical. I know her life in Brazil was often far from magic, but she loved her country and she loved to share it with us. Luiza taught me how to dabble in the kitchen, a little of this, a little of that, there were never real recipes, she just knew how to do it. She loved giving gifts, oftentimes they were things you weren’t sure you needed but were always thrilled to have. She loved beauty wherever she could find it, she was an incredible florist, from growing to arranging, she made gorgeous cakes, she took great pride in her appearance, and she made sure my brother was handsome by ensuring he had a cleft in his chin. She loved children, she loved dogs, she loved flowers, and cakes and Brazil, she loved her friends, she loved our family and I hope she knew how much we all loved her. I will miss you Zaza but you are forever in my heart.

Carol Berman

Posted at 01:09am
Luiza was always so joyful and loving whenever she saw you! She gave so much of herself to those she loved, especially Vicki and her family. I will always remember the smiles as each person blew out their candles on the cakes she made and enjoyed her rice and noodle dish. She was an exemplar of a caring human being and she will be so greatly missed.
With much love to the whole family, Carol and Gary

Mike R

Posted at 12:53am
Luiza was my 2nd mother and taught me so much in life. As a young boy, she taught me how to be kind, care for others, and have a great sense of adventure. She would share stories of her life in Brasil climbing up waterfalls and swimming in crystal clear water, playing beach volleyball, or dancing during carnival. I would always look forward to the times when I got to sleepover at her house and make forts on her couches drink Guarana soda and eat empanadas. Walking into Luiza's home you always knew you were going somewhere special because you were greeted by her incredible flower garden, something cooking, and of course some kind of Brazilian television show playing. As I got older she taught me things like how to act on a date in front of a lady, or how to iron my shirts so I could look sharp when I one day moved out on my own, because she knew she wouldn't always be there with me, but always wanted to make sure I was taken care of. The amount of love, perfection, selflessness, joy, and skill Luiza had shined with everything she did or touched. I don't know if the world will ever know a person to have such a positive impact and connection with everyone she came in contact with. Luiza you will be missed greatly, but I always know you will be with me.

Estelle Clairoux

Posted at 11:03pm
The first time I met Luiza was about 11 years ago at her appartement in MD. Of course, I had heard of her long before that, ever since I had met my husband Michael. He would always share memories he had of his “Zaza” whether it was of her famous cooking - chocolate cookies/empanadas/a special noodle rice that apparently was life changing/ etc... or just telling me stories he had with her growing up. My impression was that she was a second mother to him. It was important for Mike that I meet Luiza when I visited his family for the first time as for him she was part of his family. I instantly loved her and was touched by how sweet and powerful her bond with Michael was. I have a lot of respect for who she was as a human being, what she sacrificed for the good of others and how selfless she was. Luiza had the biggest heart and she took me in right away ( I don’t know if she felt I was nervous to meet her but she made me feel welcomed and loved immediately). She was a big part of raising the man I love and the greatest father I could ever asked for for my children and for that I will always be thankful. Luiza might be gone from this physical world but she will never be forgotten. We love you and miss you.
Love always, -Estelle Clairoux Reff.

Laura Reff

Posted at 10:00am
It's hard to define what Luiza meant to me, she was a mother, a grandmother, a disciplinarian, a bright and shining light, she was so many things... She was my "Luiza" and I wish that everyone could have a "Luiza" in their life. We were all so lucky to have her in our lives, and she made us better people. She taught me so many things in life. Sure, some very practical skills, but also how to care for people. Everyone loved Luiza, and because of that she was surrounded by so many friends and 'adopted' family. I watched her very selflessly take care of those people her entire life. One person in particular is my Mother, Vicki Berman. Luiza was there for her through thick and thin, and the two of them took care of each other no matter what throughout their lives. 
She has been one of the most important people in my life hands down. She could light up any room, and she is one person that I was ALWAYS excited to see no matter what. I have so many memories of her, with her, and I hope they never fade... dipping Oreo cookies while saying our mantra, singing songs in Portuguese, going to her house where she would make me the best omelette and cup of coffee, the list goes on. One thing I will never forget about Luiza is her laugh. She would put her hand up to her mouth and let out an infectious giggle that would make everyone around her smile.
Luiza was and is so much more than what I can put into words, but my hope for her more than anything else is that she knows how much we all loved her. I hope she knows how much she meant to us, and that we are all better people because she was there for us and I hope we were all there for her in the same way. 

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