February 25, 1940 – January 6, 2021
Mary Gomez Pena, 80, of Fort Worth, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Mary was born on February 25th, 1940 to Claudio (Clyde) and Jacinta Rios Pena in Navarro County. Setting goals was always a part of Mary’s life since childhood when she quit school to earn money for her family by working in the cotton fields of Ennis, Texas. Her biggest dream was to return to school and receive her high school diploma. Through the course of marriage and raising children, Mary set aside her goal – but she never lost sight of it. And on February 2, 1981 at the age of 41, Mary saw her dream come true when she returned to night school, passed the high school equivalency test and earned her diploma.
After receiving her diploma, Mary never looked back. She went on to become a successful entrepreneur. In 1984 she became a Tupperware Manager, and quickly climbed the ranks to become a director of Mary’s Marvels. She then went on to run a successful Tax and Immigration Business for over 35 years.
She was a woman strong in faith, and strong in spirit. She loved unconditionally and lived life to the fullest. She was classy, feisty, funny, bold, and honest. She kept everyone on their toes with her wit. She had an answer for everything and gave it to you if you wanted it or not. She served as a Eucharist Minister at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, and taught English as Second Language Classes.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, sister Cipriana (Susie) Riojas, brothers Eugene and John Albert Pena; Son Donny Lee Perkins and Granddaughters, Jennifer Perkins and Valerie Donnysia Rodriguez. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Hilario “Lalo” Gomez; sons Peanut Perkins and wife Arlene and Smiley Perkins and wife Clara; daughters Dottie Jean Riojas, and husband Francisco, and Monica Sue Perkins and partner Raymond, Stepson Alberton Rincon; and Steven Martinez who she loved as one of her own. 17 Grandkids, 38 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great Grandchild. And numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
January 13, 2021
I met Mary at St. Rita Catholic Church. We share a passion of helping people and our love for hats. We would have late night chats on FB. She always noticed when I had a new hat or when I wasn't feeling well and would reach out to me. God bess her for providing encouragement and a distraction from our woes. Mary always was a classy dresser and had a smile to share with everyone. I'm grateful to have known her. Heaven just got a little happier while we will miss Mary sourly. Thank you for being a friend. May cherished memories give her family and friends solace. Prayers and love.
January 12, 2021
I always loved Ms Mary! Now gone but never forgotten. I am ever so happy to have known her for over 30 years.
January 11, 2021
First meeting with great great grand daughter. So glad I made that call.
January 9, 2021
Grandma, you were one of a kind. Nothing will ever be the same without your presence. I love you so much. To my mom, Uncle Peanut, Uncle Smiley and Tia Monica each of you remind me of grandma, all in your own way. May your memories comfort you and carry you through the days ahead. Love you all
January 9, 2021
Tupperware was paying for a trip to Mobile Alabama they were going to give Mom a award fortop sales here in Fort Worth I complainthe whole way cuz I was driving for her but once we were there and I seen how the people were treating her and clapping for her she was so happy and smiling up there when they gave her Awards I feel proud and was happy I made that trip I guess you could say my mama was Princess of the ball that day