Emilia Gomez age 77, the mother of Blanca Wittmer,entered into rest August 25, 2013, at her home in Del Rio, Texas with family and friends around her. Emilia Gomez was born on March 8, 1936, to Antonio and Juanita Faz. Her childhood was spent in a small farm on Hudson Drive where she enjoyed a lively and happy childhood with her many siblings, her parents and neighbors. She always relished the memories of that special time. Later, her family moved to Flores Street in San Felipe, and it was shortly after that a very young Emilia met her future husband in Vinton, Iowa, where their families had migrated to for the harvest season. They married on June 9, 1950. She and her husband, Juan, recently celebrated 63 years of marriage.
Emilia loved her God, husband and family above all things. She was happiest when surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends and having a houseful of loved ones. She grew up in a family that loved music and where someone was always playing a guitar. She shared this love of music with her children, teaching them her favorite hymns, and other songs from a very young age. Often you would find her singing or humming as she worked. Her joyful, fun loving and caring personality drew others to her. In her later years after retiring from Texas Apparel Jeans Factory, she began a catering business with her husband that lasted for almost 20 years. This new career, also, afforded her the opportunity to baby sit some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren which she thoroughly enjoyed. You would frequently find her reading her well earmarked bible during quiet time or working on word search puzzles.
Emilia, with her husband, Juan, and their family were long time members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. They, also, belonged to the Iris Social Club where they made many lifelong friends.
Emilia went home peacefully to be with the Lord, her beloved parents and siblings: Antonio Jr., Juan, Lydia, Daniel and Elias Faz.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband Juan B. Gomez; her children: Juan Gomez Jr. and wife Veronica of Frisco, TX; Blanca and her husband Allen Wittmer of San Antonio, TX; David Gomez and his wife, Yvonne of Del Rio, TX; Rosa Maria Gomez of Del Rio, TX; Jose Luis Gomez of Del Rio, TX.; her grandchildren: Rebecca Gomez, John Gomez, Ruben Gomez, Brianna Gomez, David Anthony Castro, Juan Castro, Cynthia Zapata, Juanita Collins, Michelle Gomez, David Gomez, Jr., Emily Dressen, Jennifer Wait, Samantha Gonzalez, Angela Wittmer and Tim Wittmer; 16 great-grandchildren. Other survivors include her sister Maria Pena and her brother Benjamin Faz, as well as, her brothers-in-law: Rosendo (Maria)Gomez and Anselmo (Letty) Gomez; sisters-in-law: Josefa (Raul) Venegas, Elida Hinojosa and Emma Gomez; many nephews and nieces, cousins and friends.
The honor of pallbearers is bestowed on: David Gomez Jr, Ruben Gomez, Michael Zapata, John Gomez, Nathan Collins and Justin Dressen.
Honorary pallbearers are: Rebecca Gomez, Michelle Gomez, Juanita Collins, Cynthia Zapata, Emily Dressen and Brianna Gomez.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 5:00pm to 9:00pm at Sunset Memorial Oaks Funeral Home. Recitation of the Holy Rosary 7:00pm.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013 10:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
The Gomez family wishes to thank for their excellent care, the staff at Val Verde Regional Medical Center, Del Rio Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Hospice of Val Verde Regional Medical Center, in particular Nurses Edna and Bonnie; Belinda Alaniz; Chaplain Wood and Analies Rios.