Guilma Luciene Moore was born in the city of Poços de Caldas in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on May 3, 1965. Her mother died when Guilma was sixteen and she took it upon herself to care for her younger siblings. Six years later, her father was killed in a car accident and Guilma became the full-time caregiver for her youngest sister, and raised her like a daughter. In 1993 she moved from Brazil to Bountiful, Utah
She shared her love through her cooking. She was a food service director at a youth care center where she would learn all of their names, and treated them as if they were her own children.
Guilma loved the US and was especially proud to become an American citizen on June 26, 2003. But she held her homeland close to her heart, and was happy to visit four times after moving away. She was devoted to all things brazilian: from Bossa Nova music, to the many fruits and delicious foods, to Carnival and Rio de Janeiro. But above all else, she adored the Brazilian National Soccer team.
Guilma was a wonderful storyteller, and could make even the most mundane incident entertaining and funny! She looked for humor in even the darkest situations. She had a special fondness for dogs, particularly the three she left behind. Guilma’s greatest joys were her family. She liked doing things with them; playing games, listening to music, watching The Walking Dead, cooking and eating together, working together, and laughing together.
In September 2016, Guilma was diagnosed with inoperable stage 4 leiomayosarcoma and started aggressive chemotherapy treatments to halt the growth of the tumors. She endured six rounds of treatment and was given a brief reprieve so she could make a final trip to Brazil to see her family. The family was given special permission to see their missionary son, JJ in Argentina. It was a joyful time for them and gave Guilma great peace.
Determined that something good would come out of her illness, Guilma donated her body to cancer research.