Maria Guadalupe “Lupe” Gomez, age 69, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 10, 2020 after her battle with cancer. She was born on December 12, 1950 to Alejandro and Otilia (Hinojosa) Gomez of Rio Grande City, Texas. She moved to Sunnyside, WA, in 1976 and made this community her home. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who were her world. She was a loving, hardworking, single mother and a good friend. Her life was well lived.
For many years Lupe worked as a primary care provider and eased the lives of many elderly in Sunnyside Washington. It suited her servant heart. She said she did it because of a promise she made her Mother, Otilia. Living so far away from her Mother made her feel as if she could have done more for her in her later years had she lived closer to her so she devoted her life to assisting the elderly.
Her family and friends knew her as a survivor. She was going to prove that no matter what obstacles got in her way, she was going to make it. Money was sometimes tight but she managed to raise four children on her own.
Lupe is survived by her children, Jose “Joe” Garza of McAllen, TX, Lauro “Larry” (Blanca) Garza of Austin, TX, Abram Garza and Sonia Gomez of Sunnyside, WA; grandchildren, Jon (Liz) Garza of Mission TX, Carissa Gomez, John Gomez, Angel Gomez and Laura Gomez, all of Sunnyside, WA; and one great-grandchild Laurette Garza of Mission, TX; Her siblings; two sisters Maria Magdalena Montalvo of Houston, TX, and Maria Alicia Gomez of Grandview, WA; two brothers, Octavio (Nina) Gomez of McAllen, TX, and Ricardo (Mari) Gomez of Edinburg, TX; Sister-in-law Raquel Gomez and many nieces and nephews also survive her-all of whom she loved and touched deeply.
She is preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Hortencia Trevino and Amanda Bazan and a brother Oscar Gomez.
The family chooses to honor their mother’s wishes of cremation and not have a viewing or service at this time due to the current situation affecting many in our country. A private service will be held at a later time for immediate family only. Those wishing to sign Maria’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
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