Just 11 days shy of her 88th birthday, Phyllis Williams Gómez BS ’50 passed away peacefully with her devoted family at her bedside at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. She will be deeply and eternally missed by her husband of 61 years, Henry Gómez, and her four children: Greg, Bob, John, and Claudia. She was born in Mesa, Arizona, and is the eldest of six children. She was a loving grandmother to Isabel, “Angelina MIa,” Guille, and “Esteli La Famosa” and will be fondly remembered by many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
Phyllis’s passions for life included playing viola in string quartets, the UCSF Doctor’s Orchestra, and numerous ensembles; singing soprano in the Tracy Community Chorus; and attending San Francisco Symphony, opera, chamber orchestra, Stern Grove, and SFSU concerts. She possessed two green thumbs in the garden, mastering Japanese Bonsai and Ikebana. She loved cooking, baking, canning fruits, and sewing. She was an avid supporter of museums, libraries, and the Aids Memorial Grove. With a sense of adventure, Phyllis cherished her travels to Mexico, Hawaii, Japan, Spain, and Alaska. She enjoyed extensive camping trips throughout the entire North American content.
Phyllis was a surgical nurse in 1943 and a senior cadet nurse from 1944-1946, She received her bachelor’s of science in Public Health Nursing at UC Berkeley in 1949. In 1950, she married Henry Gómez. The couple raised five children in San Francisco starting in 1953. IN 1958, she served as state president of Parent-Teacher Co-Op Nursery School in Visitation Valley. She was always active in her children’s educations. She retired in 1989 after a 15-year career as a para-professional in the SFUSD at Cabrillo and Argonne Elementary. She was a generous contributor to her community, volunteering for ITHA as NERT coordinator, PTA, CCLP, YMCA Camp Jones Gulch, and the Girl Scouts.
Her memorial was held Saturday, November 12, 2011, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco. In accordance with her wishes, her ashes are with the family. She touched so many lives with her passion for life and cheerful smile that will forever dwell in the hearts of family and friends.