December 19, 1936 – July 1, 2016
Visitation services for Abigail will be held on Sunday, July 10, from 6-9:00 P.M. at the Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley with a Rosary prayer at 7:00 P.M. Mass services will be held on Monday, July 11, at 9:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Brawley, followed by burial services at the Riverview Cemetery.
Abigail Gomez, 79, of Holtville, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016. Abigail was born in Tangancicuaro, Michoacan, Mexico on December 19, 1936 to parents Maximiano and Gracia Zaragoza.
As a child, she helped raise her younger siblings after their mothers passing. Abigail was very close to her maternal grandmother, and often spoke about her throughout her lifetime. She married Jose Gomez in 1953 and moved to Mexicali shortly thereafter. They lived in Mexicali for almost twenty years before immigrating to Imperial Valley in 1971.
Abigail and her husband worked as farm laborers and migrated throughout California. They both retired in the late 1990’s. Abigail was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved to cook for her family, and always made sure everyone had more than one serving. She will also be remembered for being an excellent storyteller. She was descriptive and enthusiastic and brought vitality to every story she told, engaging listeners to feel as though they had lived the story themselves. Her memory and endless tales will live on through her children and especially her grandchildren who always enjoyed listening to her.
Abigail is preceded in death by her parents, son Benito Gomez in 1993, and daughter Gracia Rivera in 2008.
Abigail is survived by her husband Jose Gomez of Holtville, daughters Maria Silva and Maria F. Chavez of Holtville, daughter Laura Gomez of Calexico, son Javier Gomez of Brawley, sons Juan Gomez and Jorge Gomez of Holtville, son Jose Antonio Gomez of Porterville, CA, brother Miguel Saragoza of Mexico, sister Isabel Saragoza of Torrance, 22 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.
Abigail was the heart of her family and will be missed dearly