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Saturday, July 8, 2023
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Mary Margaret Gomez, age 77, of Keene, TX, entered into rest on June 27, 2023 at 11:35 pm, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Chickasha, OK on
November 6, 1945 to Carl and Margaret Long. Mary, the most loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, is survived by her husband, Jose; daughters, Rebecca, Elizabeth and husband Matthew, Maria and husband Ryan, and Rachel and husband Ryan; her sister and brother-in-law Debbie and Frank; her brother and sister-in-law Eric and Brenda; and her grandchildren, Destiny, Fernando, Veronica, Madalynn, Sarah, Brody, Noah, Jonah, and Jude. She was preceded in death by her father Carl Long, her mother Margaret Struve, and son-in-law Harry "Tito" Berrios.
Mary's father was an army colonel, so they traveled and lived outside the US. Shortly after Mary was born, her mother Margaret and her boarded a ship in Seattle, WA and sailed for 40 days to join her father Carl in Tokyo, Japan where he was stationed.
Japanese was Mary's first language. While her father was stationed in Germany, Mary would walk across a beautiful valley to attend school and learn German. In the winter, Mary and Debbie enjoyed sledding with the other children. They also toured the Black Forest and enjoyed tours of castles and many historical sites in Europe. During her growing up years Mary's family lived in various places, finally moving back to Chickasha, OK where Mary attended high school and was baptized as a Seventh-day Adventist together with her mother and sister.
Mary moved to Keene, TX in 1964 and attended Southwestern Adventist University, where she met and fell in love with Jose Gomez. They were married in Laredo, TX January 16, 1966, the first wedding in the Laredo SDA Church where Jose was the assistant pastor. Mary and Jose dated for 2 years and were married 58 years. While working in the Memphis, TN area, Jose and Mary had their first of four baby girls in 1967, Rebecca. Elizabeth was born in 1970 in Corpus Christi, TX, and Maria and Rachel were born in Houston, TX in 1977 and 1980. Jose, Mary, and family engaged in church planting, music ministry, and evangelism efforts in Houston before moving back to Keene, TX in 1996, where they enjoyed watching their daughters attend college, marry, and have kids.
Mary was a dedicated Mommy and Wife and lived her life with the goal of bringing glory to God. She was passionate about bringing people to Jesus....and there was no greater testament than the unwavering faith she held onto throughout her last months on Earth. In the midst of suffering, she often would proclaim "I am a Child of God!" and she often said, "No matter what happens to me I love Jesus." These moments are engraved on the hearts of all who witnessed her faith. We are so grateful that even amid grief and incredible loss on this Earth we have a Savior who is a Comforter that promises to carry us, as He did our precious Mary...we will hold tightly to our Heavenly Father. Mary spent her last moments on this Earth surrounded by her family and with her husband whispering in her ear "I love you forever my darling, I will see you in the morning." Her family made an appointment with her to meet her again in heaven for eternity. Special thanks to our Benbrook Church Family, friends, and loved ones who comforted Mary in her last days.