Anna Marie Gomez

August 31, 1952November 16, 2020

Anna Marie Gomez, 68, of Visalia, California passed away peacefully in Fresno, California on November 16th surrounded by her immediate family. She is survived by her father Ray Gomez and his wife Lenora, and brother Randy Gomez and his wife Jeanette, along with numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins and was preceded by her mother Annie R. Gomez. Anna was a dedicated educator, serving as both teacher and principal and left an impression on many of her students and fellow educators. She had many interests such as scrapbooking, traveling, and being a sports fan, but her family and friends will remember her most for her compassion to help others. She volunteered with many charitable organizations but was most passionate about being a part of the Assistance League of Visalia, where she most recently served as president. Anna left this life too soon but will always remain in the hearts of those she touched. It was Anna’s wish not to have a funeral service, but she has requested that in lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the Assistance League of Visalia at P.O. Box 4108, Visalia, CA 93278. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Tributes and condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Miller Memorial Chapel, 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia, CA (559) 732-8371.


  • Ray Gomez, Jr. (Lenora), Father
  • Randy Gomez (Jeanette), Brother
  • She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins

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Dave Card

December 2, 2020

I didn't know her, but I have heard wonderful things about her. I teach at Goshen school. Sorry for your loss.

Bob Rooney

December 2, 2020

I first met Anna when I started teaching at Green Acres in '88 and then we went to La Joya at the same time, she always had a great disposition and was always calm when others around her were not. She always had a positive attitude and looked for ways to get things done rather than reasons something couldn't be done. She will truly be missed but I'm sure she is in a much better place. May GOD bless her family until we all meet again.

Angie Gurnea

December 2, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Anna at Divisadero Middle School. She was friendly, hardworking, and cared for the staff and students. I remember her telling me about her bird watching adventures. She will be missed. May God comfort and bless the Gomez family.

Robin Berger

December 1, 2020

Anna had the most generous heart of anyone I know. Her love for students and education will surpass the best of us.

Colleen Smith Heller

November 28, 2020

To Mr. Gomez, Randy, and all of the family: I am so sorry to hear of Anna's passing, please accept my sincere sympathy. I know you have lost a treasure.

My earliest memories of Anna begin with the nice girl with the long braids who lived in a yellow house on Hall St! I also remember her at Green Acres, Redwood, and into adulthood. Anna was a good friend, a great student, a serious athlete (she loved "after school sports"), a student body leader, a mentor and dedicated educator. She had a unique sense of humor and was the kindest person you could ever know. She had so much energy and so many interests she was always on the go; I could never keep up with her! She loved her family and friends, Siamese cats, teaching, sports, baking, creating, collecting, refinishing, and so much more! She never met a stranger. She felt things deeply.

When my parents were ill and couldn't leave the house, Anna visited them regularly; after they died, she helped us with their funerals. Those are the kind of actions that come from the heart and cannot be repaid. Anna was generous with her time and she walked the talk. None of us will ever know how much she really did for others; she and her big heart quietly and humbly cared for and helped them without being asked and without any expectation of recognition or repayment. She just did it. It's who she was.

I am certain that God, Annie, and all the angels in heaven welcomed Anna with excitement, joy, and love. It doesn’t surprise me that God called her home in the month of November—the month we remember and celebrate the saints. Anna Marie is now among them, and we will always remember her.

"Whatsoever you do for the least of my brothers that you do unto me."
Matthew 25, 45

rosemary jackson

November 27, 2020

I first met Anna when she hired me as the School Nurse at La Joya when it opened. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed her company, her wit and dedication to the students and again at Sequoia H.S. She was such fun and I will truly miss her.

Stacey Curschman

November 25, 2020

Anna was a sweet, compassionate, and giving person. At this time, when we are so thankful for all we have, we are also grateful for all those who have touched our lives, making our lives better.

Anna brought such fun and joy to those who were fortunate to be touched by her life, including her friends, colleagues, and most importantly - her students.

Blessings to her family. Love to each of you.
Stacey Curschman

Kelley McCracken

November 23, 2020

My Dear Friend,

I am so grateful I had the opportunity to meet you and become friends through my scrapbook store, Among Friendz. We had some wonderful times laughing and visiting. You always had a smile on your face and love in your heart for everyone you met.

Until we meet again my dear friend Anna.

Love, Kelley McCracken

Steve Harrell

November 23, 2020

I am saddened to hear of Anna's passing. We worked together building La Joya Middle School, which was an amazing time for many of us as educators. Anna was always great to work with., and so big hearted. A favorite memory is of all that she went through to get James Lovell to come and speak at our school. She badgered, cajoled and bribed him; whatever it took. Mr. Lovell did not do any public speaking engagements, but he eventually acquiesced and the result was incredible. His appearance at our school was a lifetime highlight for many of us. May she rest in peace.

Rosalie Bishop

November 23, 2020

I was so very, very sorry to see that Anna had passed away. I was thinking about when I saw her last. Of course, I saw her going to church at St. Mary's but the last time was at the Lamp Liter Inn enjoying the Thanksgiving brunch. Little did I know that it would be our last visit here on earth. I have such great memories of Anna and your family. Anna coming to teach at Goshen School for her first teaching assignment. Goshen School is where we became friends. My trip with her to visit her dad in Washington. It was so much fun. She was our seagull queen going to Victoria Island and she was brave enough to feed the seagulls. She was a much better tennis player than I but I tried to beat her for a long while. Although we didn't see each other much, she'll always be my special friend and I know she is in OUR LORD's presence and is loving being with her mom. Hugs and love to you Mr. Gomez and Randy. Love, Rosalie Silva Bishop


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