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Ms. Ellen R. Gomez
May 22, 1918 ~ December 19, 2023 (age 105) 105 Years Old
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She was born to George Gomez and Eunice McKay on May 22nd, 1918, in Belize City, Belize. However, she was orphaned at a very early age.
Ms. Ellen “Rosita” Gomez took her last breath on December 19, 2023, whilst she slept. She was a caring mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother to many, including her biological family as well as a large extended family.
Granny, as she was affectionately known, had a very hard upbringing, growing up in various family households. So, at an early age she ventured off to face this difficult world on her own. She knew her way around the kitchen and was an excellent cook. She would bake bread and buns for sale and would take in laundry from others to make ends meet and to take care of her children who were her pride and joy. She was a survivor, a fighter, and didn’t take much from anyone.
My mom’s door was always open to anyone in need, and she felt that no one should ever go hungry. She was always offering a plate to anyone that was visiting. Neighborhood children would always gather in our yard and a couple even moved in with us even though they lived close by. Our home was always crowded. But mom preferred it that way rather than having us running around and possibly getting in trouble. Little did she know that we would venture off and get into all kinds of “trouble” when she was not at home.
She was a lifelong supporter of the People United Party and of Honorable George Cadle Price, one of the founding fathers of Belize and would often canvas door to door with him. She was a fervent supporter and as a friend once said to me, “you know if you weren’t PUP, Ms. Ros wouldn’t rent to you.” I remember as a kid how we used to dread having to go march with the PUP party on September 10th.
Mom moved to the US in the early eighties and developed so many friendships inside and outside of the Belizean community. Many of these friends became members of our extended family. There were so many babies that she cared for over the years whilst their parents went off to work. These babies are now all grown-ups with babies and grandbabies of their own. Oh, and did I mention she was known for her delicious coconut tarts?
She struggled with the aging process because she could no longer do the things she loved to do. No more cooking or caring for others or living independently.
She is the mother to nine children, Clinton(deceased) Phillip (Ellen), Morline (John), George (deceased), Cynthia (Earl), Horace (Carla), Michael (deceased) Eric (Stephanie) and Charles (Toy), She is also survived by approximately 86 grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren and countless extended children and grandchildren.
You’ve had a long journey, Mom. Rest in peace.
She will be missed by many. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director