Florence Kendall Gomez SPRINGFIELD, Vt. — Florence Kendall Gomez passed away on July 18, 2021, after a period of failing health. She was born on Feb. 20, 1930, to Slayton and Alice Kendall who lived in Baltimore, Vermont. She was the eldest of four children and grew up on the family farm where she went to school at the one-room schoolhouse in Baltimore and then to Springfield High School where she graduated in 1947. After graduation, she worked as a cook at a girl’s camp and waitressed at a restaurant in White River Junction, Vermont. She met her future husband, Manuel Gomez, of Williamstown, Vermont, at a square dance and after a short courtship, they married on New Year's Eve 1948. They settled in Chester, Vermont, and had seven children, Mark, Terry, Michael, Juanita, Juan, Carmencita and Manuella. Florence took an LPN course and worked at Springfield Hospital learning on-the-job. For many years, she was also a caregiver in others' homes, as well as taking care of her own family’s medical needs. The family moved to Springfield in 1966 where each of her children graduated from her alma mater, Springfield High School. Around 1980, the remaining family at home moved to Baltimore, Vermont, where she lived until 2006 when she moved to Springfield to be closer to town and her church. Florence was an avid writer, journaling most of her life. She took pride in the gloxinias and African violets that she grew for many years and gave away as gifts. She also enjoyed crocheting and making blankets and clothing for her many grandchildren and friends. She belonged to the TOPS Club (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) for 50+ years and was the queen the year she lost 50 pounds. One of her enjoyments later in life was meeting up with friends at McDonald’s to sit and visit for an hour or more. She was a devout Christian and was a member of the Springfield Church of Christ where she forged many lifelong relationships over the years. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband of 53 years; sister, Dorothy Pingree; daughter, Carmencita; sons, Michael and Terry; and grandson, Jeremy. She is survived by her sister, Louise Peale, of Springfield; brother, Frank Kendall, of Baltimore; her children, Mark (Jerry), of Springfield, Juanita (Ray), of Beaverton, Oregon, son Juan, of Baltimore, and daughter Manuella (William), of Baltimore; along with her 11 grandchildren, Eric and Nathan Gomez, Joel Gomez, Lorrie Sue Gomez, Nicolette and Nicolas Gomez, Carissa Shrout, Vanessa Goad, and Mathew, Samuel and Emily Eastman; as well as 11 great-grandchildren. There will be a memorial service in the fall at the convenience of the family. Once finalized, a notice will be put in the newspaper. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Carmencita Gomez Camp Fund for the Ganderbrook Christian Camp for children. Checks can be made out to Springfield Church of Christ, with Carmencita’s name on the memo line, P.O. Box 160, Springfield, VT 05156. Many thanks to the Visiting Nurse/Hospice program for their support given our mother and our family during these last difficult months.

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