Francisca de Paula Faria Figueiredo was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 2 April 1898. She was the eldest of seven children born to parents Cirilo Gomes de Faria and Isaura Paupério de Faria. Her father was an immigrant from Portugal. She studied piano and was ranked in a music competition in Rio de Janeiro. Later, she studied in France and Switzerland. In her youth, she lived in the rich Swiss cantons of Rio de Janeiro, and spoke French fluently.
In 1919, at the age of 21, she stopped studying and married Alírio de Figueiredo. Her husband, a native of Cuiabá, resided in Rio de Janeiro where he studied law. They had at least one daughter, Lígia Faria de Figueiredo Ferreira. In 1930, the couple moved to Cuiabá, Mato Grosso. Eventually, they moved to Rosário Oeste, where her husband was appointed a judge.
In her later life, she was known as “Dona Chiquita”.
Francisca de Paula Faria Figueiredo died in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil, on 30 April 2009.