Lavina Margaret Smith Dumlao Barbosa

Life Story

Lavina Margaret Smith Dumlao Barbosa, 55, of Lewiston, passed away at her home on November 3, 2020, after her long battle with cancer. She was born on February 26th, 1965 in Fort Knox, Kentucky to Galen Lester Smith and Gisela Garner. Lavina attended Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln, Maine and enlisted in the military shortly after graduating in 1983. Her specialty was Water Purification. In 2014, Lavina remarried Santa Barbosa, with whom she resided with for the remainder of her life. Together, they had 3 dogs Sonar, Sophie, and Nugget, also their cat, Tuxedo. She and her wife loved to spend time with her kids and grandchildren. During her time in the military, Lavina met her first spouse, Robert Dumlao, to whom she was married to for 25 years and had 5 children. Although they eventually parted ways, Lavina and Robert remained close friends.  Lavina was honorably discharged from military duty in 1987 when she became pregnant with her eldest son, Rick. Lavina was a kind and strong woman who only saw the best in others and always tried to encourage them. Instead of judging others in difficult times, Lavina was a compassionate woman with a huge and loving heart who tried to help everyone who needed it. Lavina had a passion for thrifting and shopping for others, Goodwill became like a second home to her. This is where she found most of her items to decorate for all the major holidays which she loved to do. She had quite the green thumb, bringing life and magic to her gardens and plants with fairies, waterfalls, frogs, and more. Another of her passions was riding her motorcycle.   Most days when the weather was good you could find her cruising down the highway. She also enjoyed walking along the beach at the ocean looking for seashells, both alone and with her family. Lavina was survived by her wife Santa Barbosa; her former spouse Robert Dumlao and their five children, eldest son Frederick Dumlao II and his wife Heather, son Zachariah Dumlao and his fiancĂ©e Danielle, son Kyle Dumlao and his wife Rachel, daughter Brittany Dumlao and her fiancĂ© Frank, and son Juan Dumlao; her five grandchildren, Aurallee, Taniah, Lucien, Giovanni, and Ellie; Lavina was excited for her 6th grandchild on the way; her mother Caroline Smith and her brothers Tracy Smith and his wife Anne, Galen Smith and his wife Crystal, and Tommy Smith; her biological mother Gisela Garner and her sisters Misty Bowyer and Kimberly Davis. Lavina was preceded in death by her father Galen Smith and her two brothers Lester Smith and Kyle Smith.


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