Elizabeth de Sousa went to heaven on Sunday, March 14 after a grueling three year battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband of almost 22 years, Emilio; her son Jacob (21); daughters Alicia (18), Lisette (17), and Elena (15); parents Linda and A.J. Hart; brothers Alex Hart (Sara) and Aaron Hart (Yolande); nieces (Natalie, Isabella, Camille) and nephew (Andrew); and in-laws Angela and Emilio de Sousa.
Her Christian faith and love for her family were the dominating factors in her life. She served as the Teaching Leader of the San Jose Women’s Bible Study Fellowship Day Class for seven and a half years. She loved the Lord Jesus with all of her heart, loved to study His Word, and never ceased to be amazed that God called her to teach the Bible. Through all of the treatments and the suffering, she continued to serve (teach) until she could no longer handle the workload just two months ago.
Elizabeth always wanted to be a mother and was devoted to her four children. She loved them with an unconditional love and has left them a legacy of devotion to God and love for family. Her sole desire for her kids was that they would love the Lord. She also loved and enjoyed family trips to Hawaii; animals (she leaves behind three dogs and three cats); ice cream; chocolate; and especially the Christmas season. She took great joy in decorating the tree and buying gifts for her kids. She was young, feisty and fun, and always up for adventures until cancer took its toll. Elizabeth had an infectious laugh and made others laugh -- not by trying to be funny, but just by being her transparent self.
Emilio was her rock, and he delighted in her. They truly enjoyed each other and shared so many wonderful experiences. They did everything together (except shop), as Emilio didn’t share Elizabeth’s hobby of buying gifts for others…and buying gifts for herself! It was common for her to say to him, “I bought my Birthday/Christmas/Valentine’s Day gift for myself today,” with a grin. This is a perfect example of Elizabeth not trying to be funny, but causing Emilio to laugh nevertheless. Emilio absolutely adored her and Elizabeth always wanted to please him, which led to a very happy marriage.
With the covid restrictions in place, there will be a small service for the family and then a larger Celebration of Life tentatively scheduled for June 5th, 2021 at Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, CA.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Bible Study Fellowship https://www.bsfinternational.org/show-class/?id=732 or the Humane Society https://www.hssv.org/ are appreciated.