Angelica GomezJuly 6, 1920 ~ April 30, 2017 (age 96)
July 6, 1920 – April 30, 2017 (96 years old)
Cherished and loving wife of the late Ezekiel Gomez, mother of three daughters – Mary Moreland, of Austin Texas, Suzanne Rueb, of Poulsbo, Washington,
and Diane Johnson of Fair Oaks. Grandmother of Jeanette Wright, Colene Winterton, Danielle Castillejo and David Rueb, Jennifer Schroeder, Jeffery Johnson
and Joel Johnson, and Great Grandmother of 20 Great Grandchildren.
Angelica was born on July 6, 1920 in Calexico, California to Carmen Preciado Mayoral and Rondero. (Not one family member actually knew his first name). She
was the middle sister of three girls, outliving her older sister Alice and younger sister Rachel. As a little girl, her mother was widowed when her father was shot
and killed while working on the Mexican Border where he had worked as a Border Guard.
Her mother later married a widower, Pastor, Tranquillino Gomez, who had three boys Peter, Ezekiel, and Joseph. He had started the first Ministry at FolsomPrison and helped out Pastor John Gouveia at the Spanish Speaking Mission in Downtown Sacramento. Together Carmen and Tranquillino had five more children
Benjamin, Rueben, Ruth, Isaiah and Naomi.
As an older sister in a blended family, Angelica helped provide additional income for her mother and step father to care for their large family. She went to work for
the Lebeck family in Sacramento as a young teen and helped them in housekeeping and cooking and keeping tabs on Robert and Leroy.
Her beauty and cheerful disposition caught the attention of Tranquillino’s son Ezekiel. They married on October 6,1940 in the Spanish Speaking Mission in Downtown
Sacramento by the Pastor John Gouveia.
Angelica was gifted by the Lord with a beautiful soprano voice. She especially loved to sing in choir and listen to Christian music as well as light classical, popular songs
and musicals. Her favorite Christian song was “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”. Besides cooking, she loved to bake and made the most delicious homemade cakes for all
her girls’ birthday parties. She cooked all the time for her younger brothers and sisters especially when they wanted to come over and watch “TV” when it first came out.
Her Enchiladas and Spanish rice were the delight of all her family. Her cookie jar was always full and continued to be full when her grandchildren came along.
She delighted in the beautiful roses in her yard. She kept an immaculate house and expected all of her girls to follow suit. We all jokingly said that she loved to clean the clean.
She loved to travel and in younger, healthier years had gone to Europe, and took several cruises including Alaska. She loved walking in the beautiful outdoors, especially
the ocean at Santa Cruz, Capitola, Monterey and Lake Tahoe.
She was a wonderful wife and mother. She was always “home” for us, there for us to talk with, laugh and cry with, and take a scolding if we needed it. Her grandchildren
could do no wrong in her eyes and she simply smiled and delighted in each new great grandchild.
Even after losing her husband of 69 years, Ezekiel, her love for her family always came shining through.
She loved to reminisce of family get-togethers and some of the naughty things her brothers or her Grandchildren did in their younger years. In her later years, she has aged
gracefully – never complaining and always maintaining a smile and a girlish giggle. She was known for her cheerful sweet disposition, always laughing, and singing to the
Lord when she could, praising Him and trusting Him and praying for all of us.
You will be missed by many loving family and friends.
Friends are invited to attend the visitation on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 5:00-7:00PM at Price Funeral Chapel (6335 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, 725-2109), and are invited to attend the graveside service on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 1:30PM at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery (5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA) with a memorial service to follow at 3:30PM at Trinity Life Center (5225 Hillsdale Blvd., Sacramento)
Arrangements under the direction of Price Funeral Chapel (916) 725-2109.