Brianna Vidya D’Souza
2000 - 2020

Our little baby was born on September 16, 2000 in Bombay, India. We chose her name with a lot of care, Brianna means “strength, honor and virtue”. Her second name was chosen in honor of her paternal grandmother.

Brianna was a special child who had a plenty on her plate. She suffered from autism, muteness and severe frequent seizures. We tried our best to bring her comfort in her suffering. Though she was a vulnerable and frail child, she taught us the value of suffering and life’s lessons in patience, kindness, caring and forbearance. Brianna through it all was instrumental in strengthening our faith. We discovered the strength and power of Psalm 91. We used to personalize it and read it to her whenever she was unwell. In spite of being mute and a silent sufferer, she touched many lives around her. In her muteness she had a devotion to the “Divine Mercy” image and would constantly look at it and smile. She had beautiful, expressive large eyes and lovely long eyelashes and would sometimes give us sidelong glances through them.

Brianna was a natural little survivor or fighter. Often, told her she should consider joining the army. She triumphed over endless bouts of colds and coughs and seizures. After reviving from an episode of seizures, she would smile like nothing has happened.

Brianna was a student of Ashiana Autism Institute in Mumbai, India after which she attended school at Al Noor in Dubai, UAE. She was a student of Gordon Bell High School here in Winnipeg. She was a parishioner of St. Peter’s Church and a member of the Queen of Peace Prayer Group as well as a part of the Jesus Youth gatherings in Winnipeg.

To us she was our Baby, our princess, our dolly, our sweet daughter. For some she was “Biryani”, for some she was “Sundari” which means beautiful girl and for some she was “an angel”. After a day’s long work, her soft tender cuddling attitude while feeding her or while sleeping brought about a healing to all three of us. Now it feels like a tornado came in on March 18th and swept our world away.

Brianna is survived by her parents, C. Anthony and Jacqueline and her brother, Hermon.

Vigil Service Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street.

Funeral Mass: Will be streamed live on Facebook from St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, 748 Keewatin Street, Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. CST.

Facebook ID: Anthony Chandrajeet D Souza

A Memorial Service will be held for Brianna at a later date.

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