Obituary of Peggy McLaughlin Gomes
Peggy McLaughlin Gomes passed away March 23, 2019 at Sierra Nevada Hospital after several months of illness, with her siblings and close friends at her side.
She was born September 16, 1938, in Spickard, MO to Gerald McLaughlin and Christena Scott. Her family moved to Grass Valley in 1940. She attended local schools. She worked at the Del Oro, 49er Café, Fosters Freeze, Holiday Restaurant, Kathy’s Kitchen, Johnnie’s Donuts, and Lyons. In later years she was a custodian at local schools, retiring from Champion Mine School.
In October 1983, she married the love of her life, Bill Gomes.
She enjoyed camping with her large family at the ocean and in the mountains. She loved yard sales and could scarcely resist a bargain. She attended all the many family birthday parties and the pot lucks for Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Easter. She loved her flowers, the movies, the county fair, and Christmas ornament and figurine collecting. She also loved country western music, especially Willie Nelson. She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles with her sisters and friends. She deeply loved her two doggie daughters, Layla and Maizy. She never stopped trying to raise her siblings, even when they were long since grown.
Peggy had total recall of Grass Valley over her life, remembering all of the past businesses, buildings, and people. She was able to remember the details of long ago.
She is survived by her siblings Burl and Roger (Shelley) McLaughlin, Joyce Mowry of Auburn, Diana McLaughlin, Kathy (Andy) Cassano, Judy (Stu) Uchida; stepdaughter Tammy Webb; her best friend Juanita Flowers, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.
She was predeceased by her husband Honey Bill; her mom and dad; her brother Danny McLaughlin and her niece April Dee.
Graveside Services will be at 1 p.m., on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grass Valley, pot luck reception to follow at the Bethel Church, 13010 Hwy 49 Grass Valley.
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