Maria F. (da Silva) Ferreira 56, of Taft Street died Thursday November 28, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence. She was the wife of Thomas E. Ferreira. Born in Feteira, Horta, Faial, Azores she was the daughter of Maria G. (de Faria) da Silva and the late Leonel G. da Silva.Maria was a special needs teachers assistant for the Coventry Public School Department for over 25 years before retiring.She loved Sewing and alterations, cooking and entertaining her friends and family.Besides her husband she leaves one daughter, Melissa A. Ferreira, one son, Jason T. Ferreira and one sister, Lucia Sousa.Her funeral will be held on Monday at 9:00 AM from the PERRY-MCSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Traverse Street, Providence. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Calling hours Sunday 4-8. In lieu of flowers contributions to Home and Hospice Care of R.I., 1085 North Main Street, Providence RI, 02904-9826 or R.I. Brain and Spine Tumor Foundation http://ribstf.org/donate/ would be appreciated.