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The memory of a smile

An aspiring artist and writer, Grass Valley resident Vanessa Ann Vieira recently died at the age of 22.

Family members recalled that Vieira, who had childhood diabetes and bipolar disorder, struggled to express herself verbally. But she found solace in writing emotional poems. In 2002, Vieira was a finalist in the third annual Holocaust writing contest.

Vieira’s first exposure to the Pacific Ocean was at the age of 5 months at Casper Beach in Mendocino, where she spent many family outings with her aunts and grandmother. All her life, she loved the beauty and vastness of the ocean.



As a child, Vieira had a flair for hair and make-up, and would drip herself with jewelry while playing dress-up. Vieira’s passion for glamour never left her, and she became a cosmetologist.

Vieira was happiest when surrounded by family, and loved traveling to weddings or any event where family would be present.




A love for people and a desire to reach out to those in need led Vieira to become a certified nurse. Her goal was to become a certified pediatric oncology nurse. She placed the concerns of others above her own. Relatives said they will miss her endearing smile.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 120 Wall Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005, or to the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, 1000 Skokie Blvd., Suite 570, Wilmette, IL 60091.

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To contact Staff Writer Lindsey Croft, e-mail lindseyc@theunion.com or call 477-4247.


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