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Cecelia (Gomez) Baca

Posted 2021-04-06 by mhenderson
Published by Arizona Daily Sun on Apr. 4, 2021 -
Flagstaff, Arizona -

Cecelia (Gomez) Baca passed away peacefully in the early morning hours
of March 14, 2021, with her daughter and son-in-law by her side at the
age of 81. Cecelia was born October 8, 1939, in Flagstaff, Arizona to
Leon and Elvira Gomez. She attended South Beaver Elementary School and
began working at the young age of 13 as a maid at the Weatherford
Hotel. She graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1958 and attended
Beauty School shortly thereafter. Once she graduated from beauty
school in the early 1960's she began working and building her loyal
clientele at Windsor's Beauty Salon and retired after a long
successful career in the business in 1995. She met her husband in 1968
and together they had a daughter.

Prior to her rare kidney disease diagnosis in 2015, Cecelia was the
life of the party and the family comedian. She would frequently
entertain her family at gatherings and parties with jokes, funny
stories, and imitations with so much animation. She had a genuine love
of people and human connection. She never met a stranger and had many
friends and acquaintances. She could strike up a conversation with
just about anyone, anywhere she went, regardless of how ill she may
have felt and enjoyed company. Her surrounding neighbors visited her
often and went out of their way to assist her without hesitation and
for that, we are thankful. She made the most delicious tamales and
enchilada's that were requested by many family members and had a very
big and giving heart. Cecelia was a devoted mother and would do
anything for her grandchildren, attending many of their school
functions, sporting events and taking them on outings. She never let a
day go by without telling her daughter and grandchildren that she
loved them. She will always be remembered for responding, "I Love You
More", when anyone told her that they loved her.

Cecelia is survived by her daughter, Theresa (Terri) Morales; Son-in-
law, Carlos Morales and grandchildren, Amber Morales and Adam Morales.
She is also survived by her step-daughter, Elaine (Rossana) Quintana
and her three children and 8 grandchildren. Cecelia was the sixth of
14 children born to the Gomez family. Cecelia is also survived by her
brothers, David Gomez, Johnny Gomez, Leon Albert Gomez and Frank Gomez
as well as sisters, Concha Bustamante, Mary Cancino, Petra Orders,
Eleanor Espinoza, Mary Jessie Sepulveda, Elena Mendoza, and Patty

She was proceeded in death by her husband Raul A. Baca in 2001, her
parents, her brother, Jimmy Gomez, an infant sister and several

She will truly be missed by her family and friends and it will be
difficult to move on imagining a world without her in it. In lieu of
flowers, the family asks that you donate to the National Kidney
Foundation of Arizona, in Cecelia's memory.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 12th beginning with a
Rosary at 10:00 am at San Francisco De Asis Catholic Church, 1600 East
Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 am and
burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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