Rita (Dias) Gallego

March 10, 2019
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Rita (Dias) Gallego, of Taunton, passed away on March 10, 2019 at the Philip Hulitar Home & Hospice Care of RI.  She was 96 years old.


She was the beloved wife of the late Richard Gallegoand the late John Farias.

Born in Taunton, Rita was the daughter of the late Joseph Lawrence and Maria Conceicao (Souza) Dias. Her mother passed away just two days after giving birth to Rita and her twin brother Joseph.


Before retiring, Mrs. Gallego worked with her husband Richard at their family owned business, Gallego Oil.


She enjoyed spending time playing bingo, gambling and spending time at her summer home in Pocasset.  


Rita is survived by her son Wayne Farias and his wife Carol of Somerset, MA. She was the mother of the late Nancy Tavares and her husband David of Taunton and stepmother to the late Scott Gallego of Taunton.  Ritawas also the grandmother of Shelley Barry of Raynham, Jennifer McPherson of Mansfield, Amanda McGrath of Taunton, and Jordan Farias of Somerset as well as the great-grandmother of Raegan Barry, Emma and Brody McPherson, Maeve McGrath, James Farias, and Oakley Farias.  She was also the twin sister of the late Joseph Dias.


Mrs. Gallego’s funeral with visitation will be held onThursday, March 14, 2019 at 8:45am with a funeral service to begin at 10 in the Chapel of the Silva Funeral Home 80 Broadway (at Saint Mary’s Square) Taunton. Interment will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery.


In Lieu of flowers please make donations to Boston's Children Hospital, Cardiac Care Unit, 401 Park Drive Suite 602, Boston, MA  02215.


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