Valeria Dies in Taubate

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TAUBATÉ, BRAZIL– After five years of struggle with breast cancer, Valeria Cristina Antunes Paulino da Silva rested yesterday when the Lord took her at 8:45 a.m. local time.

The body was viewed at the Sagrada Familia funeral home in Taubaté from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Christians from the Taubaté and São José dos Campos churches sang the Portuguese translation of her favorite song, “Pass it On,” and Randal Matheny spoke from Romans 8:37-39 and 1 Peter 1:24-25.

She will be buried in her hometown of Araçatuba, São Paulo, today.

Valeria fought valiantly, with her usual vivacity and intensity, undergoing multiple chemotherapy treatments and three surgeries.

Her faith in God never wavered, in spite of her husband’s infidelity and abandonment of the home.

At 38, she leaves her separated husband Clayton and two children, Thiago, 10, and Maria Luiza, 8.

She is also survived by her parents Alvaro and Deolinda Antunes, of Araçatuba, São Paulo, and two married brothers Alvaro Jr., of Brasí­lia, and Alexandre, of Araçatuba.

The church in Taubaté began in Clayton and Valeria’s home in March, 2004. After her cancer progressed, the meetings were moved to a hotel conference room.

During her various hospitalizations, and in spite of her sufferings and surgeries, Valeria visited and cheered other patients.

The week of her first surgery, she appeared at church the following Sunday carrying her drainage bag in her hand. She seldom missed at church meetings, even when bald or in pain from chemotherapy. In November, 2007, she and her mother traveled to São José dos Campos to attend a wedding of a Christian couple.

The church requests prayers for the family.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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