Nelia Maria Bourassa

1952 - 2012

Nelia Maria (Raposo) Bourassa, 60, born in Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal), passed away in Walla Walla on Oct. 15, 2012, after fighting cancer for nearly five years. Her husband, Gregory Bourassa, held her hand when she left this world to be with God. By her side was her son, Brendan, her sister, Helena Raposo and her brother-in-law, John Corcelli.

Born in the Azores on July 6, 1952, to Pedro and Maria Andre Raposo, she lived in Brazil, Canada, England and the United States.

Nelia was a creative and spirited person who loved to travel. She sang professionally for 15 years, including a tour across Canada. Nelia was a passionate cook with a keen interest in nutrition, making healthy dishes that nourished us while delighting our palettes. She was also a generous person with her time. She volunteered for churches and charities over the years.

She faced this final passage with peace, dignity and a readiness to meet her Lord.
Nelia is survived by her mother, Maria Andre Raposo; sister, Helena; brothers, Luis and Peter; and son, Brendan, all of Toronto, Canada; by her husband, Gregory, of Walla Walla; and by her nephew-son, James Raposo of Peterborough, Ontario. She delighted in her extended family with many loving nieces, nephews and a host of friends in Walla Walla and Canada. She was preceded in death by her father, Pedro Raposo.

Visitation will be on Friday, Oct. 19, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder St., Walla Walla. The Rosary will be Friday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. with Father Tyler Smedley also at the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the KHSS Catholic Radio through the funeral home. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at

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