Sister Teresa Gomez, CHM Obituary

Sister Teresa  Gomez, CHM
Sr. Teresa Gomez, CHM
Sister Teresa Gomez, CHM

September 6, 1915 - October 27, 2010
Born in Salvatierra, Mexico
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Sister Teresa Gomez, (Sister Mary Agnes Clare), 95, died Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at Bishop Drumm Care Center, Johnston, Iowa. Visitation at Bishop Drumm Our Lady of Peace Chapel, Johnston, will be 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Visitation at Humility of Mary Center, 820 W. Central Park Ave, Davenport, IA, will be 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, with a Rosary at 4 p.m. and Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, at the Humility of Mary Center Magnificat Chapel. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Dunn’s Funeral Home in Des Moines and Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport are assisting with arrangements.

Mary Teresa Gomez was born on September 6, 1915, in Salvatierra, Mexico, a daughter of Agustín Gómez and María Luz Martínez Gómez. Her father died when Teresa was a baby and the family eventually moved to Omaha, Nebraska. Teresa entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM) on June 11, 1931, and professed vows on August 7, 1934.

Sister Teresa attended Ottumwa Heights Academy and College, Ottumwa, IA, and received her BA from St. Ambrose-Marycrest College, Davenport, IA. She received an MA in Education at George Peabody College, Nashville, TN, and an Education Specialist degree at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Other studies took her to Milwaukee, WI, and Quebec, Canada.

Sister Teresa’s ministries included teaching primary grades at schools in Ottumwa and Davenport, IA, and 26 years in the Education Department at Marycrest College in Davenport. She also taught graduate reading courses at Creighton University, Omaha, NE. Sister Teresa was instrumental in establishing the first Head Start program in Davenport; she served four years as director.

She was active in the education of young members of the CHM community, serving for seven years as Director of the Juniorate. She was a contact sister for three associates of the Congregation. She served people experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque as director of St. Vincent Center, development assistant and tutor. She volunteered at the Center for Action and Contemplation assisting with the library, preparing for events and providing Sunday brunch for the homeless. Following her retirement, she helped care for ill family members. After moving to Davenport, she volunteered at a senior citizen center and tutored Hispanic adults and children. In 2006 Sister Teresa moved to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center. She enjoyed reading, music and creating photo arrangements. She often spent time with lonely or suffering persons.

Sister Teresa was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Augustin, James and Alfred and sisters, Stephanie Rice and Lucille Marinovic. She is survived by nieces, Barbara Ceas of Whitewater, WI and Mary Wyman of Omaha, NE; grand nieces and nephews and sisters and associates of her religious community.

Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Humility, 820 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, IA 52804.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Sister’s obituary at





Our Lady of Peace Chapel at Bishop Drumm
5837 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA US 50131
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Humility of Mary Center
820 W. Central Park Avenue
Davenport, IA US
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Humility of Mary Center Magnificat Chapel
820 W. Central Park Avenue
Davenport, IA US
Thursday, November 4, 2010
11:00 AM
Mount Calvary Cemetery
Davenport, IA
Thursday, November 4, 2010


Sisters of the Humility of Mary
820 West Central Park Avenue
Davenport, IA US 52804