Obituary of Cecilia Reyes Gomez
Cecilia Reyes Gomez a.k.a. “Nanay Celing” was born on January 26, 1921 in Rosario, Cavite, Philippines to Mr. & Mrs. Emilio and Gleceria Reyes. At age 16, she met her first husband Pedro Broas. From her first marriage, she had two children: Nesting and Cherrie.
In 1942, during the infamous Bataan Death March, her husband Pedro was one of the approximately 18,000 Filipinos that died during the march to Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.
In 1952, she met her second husband George Gomez. They had six daughters: Ami, Bay, Grace, Ellen, Cely and Cristy.
In 1976, with the assistance from her oldest daughter, Cherrie and her husband Eddie, she immigrated to America, along with the rest of the family and they settled in Sunnyvale, CA.
Nanay Celing was a seamstress and a homemaker, dedicated to taking care of her family. All her life she was passionate about cooking, you would always find her making her famous lumpia and traditional Filipino dishes. Her love always showed in the kitchen. She loved to travel, and spent many years all over the world visiting countries in Europe, Asia, and even the Caribbean. Nanay Celing was always surrounded by her family and supported her children as they raised their own, passing on the traditions she brought with her when she immigrated.
She became widowed for the second time when George Gomez passed away in 1998, he was 76.
She continued to live independently in Sunnyvale, CA until her passing on July 11, 2018 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA surrounded by her loved ones, she was 97.
She is survived by her 8 children, 17 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 11 great, great grandchildren.