Peabody — Victoria “Vicky” DeMello, daughter of Teodora Carlas Nogueira and Jose Nogueira, passed away on Friday, April 18, surrounded by family and friends. Vicky was the wife of the late Jorge DeMello, and is survived by her sons, Paul and wife, Sandy, and Luis and wife, Jeanne; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Samantha, Isabel, and Elaina; two step-grandchildren, Karla and Matthew; her brother, Jose Francisco Nogueira and wife, Fernanda; and her sister, Lidia Serpa. Vicky was blessed to have a dear and loving companion in Bill Karolides, who enriched our lives, and through the marriage of his son, Tom, to Vicky’s niece, Ana, has also joyfully expanded and extended our family circle.
Vicky was born in Portugal, was a former Miss Lisbon and fashion model for Madam Dorsier and Balenciaga. She immigrated to the United States in 1959, and had resided in Peabody since. Vicky continued to model while here in the States, and taught charm and poise at her own finishing school at the Salem Commercial School and at Mass College of Art. “Vicky’s girls,” as they referred to themselves, learned much more than how to sit, stand and walk. They learned that true beauty emanates from within and that beautiful thoughts translate to being a beautiful person. Vicky gave of herself and shared her energy, skills and myriad talents extensively and selflessly, working with the Archdiocese of Boston, Our Lady of Fatima, and the JB Thomas Aid Association. Be it a church bazaar, international food festival, charity fashion show, or Portugal Day, Vicky was a force of nature, organizing, energizing, coordinating, and bringing out the best in others as they collaborated on providing memorable and fruitful events. Vicky went on to work at Computervision in the 80s, and then retail at Borghese and Cache, where she continued to help women bring out their inner beauty.