Maria J. (Branco) Lima 84 of New Bedford passed away Wednesday January 27, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital. She was the widow of Antonio Joseph Lima and daughter of the late Antonio Joseph Branco and Maria Jose Furtado Simas. She was born in St. Michael, Azores and had lived in New Bedford since 1968. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. Mrs. Lima was formerly employed at Grinnell Pajamas and at Justin Clothing as a stitcher until her retirement. Survivors include her daughter Izilda F. Lima of New Bedford, her son Gilbert B. Lima of Florida, her brother Virginio Branco of Toronto, her sisters Juventina Amaral of St. Michael, Maria Lourdes Sousa of Rhode Island, her grandsons Jason M. Lima, Marc R. Lima also many nieces and nephews. Her funeral mass will be held Wednesday 10:30 am at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church. Visiting hours are Tuesday 6-8pm. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.