Tiffany Lynn Pinto, age 45, of Hayes, passed on to her heavenly home, Sept. 22, 2018. She was born to Fredrick and Janice Souza of Long Beach, California, on Jan. 26, 1973.
She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Louis F. Pinto III, and her two amazing sons, Jaykeb M. Pinto and Justin R. Pinto. She is also survived by her sisters, Wendy L. Souza, and Keri M. Godfrey, as well as her two brothers, Ray Ketcherside and Rick Souza III. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, Thomas Clifton, Nyki Godfrey, Jalen Gardner, Isaac Gardner, Ricky Souza and Kayla Souza. She is also survived by many other family and friends.
Professionally, Tiffany worked in the healthcare industry. She started as a CNA and moved forward to work in many different areas within a medical practice. She first worked for Dr. James “Jim” Jonak and later for Dr. Daniel Muench. She also worked at Orthopaedic and Spine Center in Newport News and for Plastic Surgery Center of Hampton Roads. She loved her patients and would often go above and beyond to get them the help or medication they needed. She was also known as a practical joker in the office, often setting up her co-workers in elaborate pranks such as one-time spider webbing one of the doctor’s office with yarn.
When her boys were growing up she and the entire family could always be found at either the football field or as they got older the baseball field. She loved to be there watching her boys as well as their friends play. She was a passionate fan who could often be heard cheering on the boys and booing the calls of the umpires. The Pinto house was where you could find everyone after a game. There was many a night with countless kids running around, playing video games and spending the night sprawled out over the living room floor.
She loved to entertain, often having football parties to cheer on her favorite Chicago Bears with family and friends. She would put on a spread that could feed the masses and then some. Our favorite family saying when it comes to food is “better to have too much than not enough.” And there was always more than enough!! Time with friends doing anything was time well spent in her eyes.
Of course, one of Tiffany’s most favorite places to be was the beach. Her favorite sea turtles turned into a theme for her Jeep who she christened as “Crush.” She had Crush customized with sea foam green sea turtles, and he could often be found with Tiffany behind the wheel cruising up and down the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina.
When Tiffany was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in March 2016, life as she knew it was forever changed. She didn’t let that diagnosis stop her though. If anything, she lived life doing more things she wanted to do. She took a family trip to London, went on a honeymoon with her hubby and took a cruise; things she may have never done otherwise. In all of this, Tiffany became an advocate for getting screenings done and coined the phrases “Save the Tail Lights” and “All Butts Matter.” She believed that we are all born for more than just working and paying the bills. Her message in all of this was to live your life doing what you love and you will have truly lived.
The family will receive friends Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Jamestown Presbyterian Church, 3287 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Va. 23188.
Flowers may be sent to Hogg Funeral Home and memorial contributions can be made to https://fightcolorectalcancer.org or donate to them by mail at Fight Colorectal Cancer, 134 Park Central Square, Suite 210, Springfield, Mo. 65806. Please visit www.hoggfh.com to share condolences and memories.