Sister Teresa Gomez, CHM


Sister Teresa Gomez (Sister Mary Agnes Clare), 95, died Oct. 27 at Bishop Drumm Care Center, Johnston, Iowa.

Mary Teresa Gomez was born on Sept. 6, 1915, in Salvatierra, Mexico. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM) on June 11, 1931, and professed vows on Aug. 7, 1934.

Sr. Gomez attended Ottumwa Heights Academy and College, Ottumwa, and received her B.A. from St. Ambrose-Marycrest College, Davenport. She received an M.A. in education at George Peabody College, Nashville, Tenn., and an education specialist degree at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M. Other studies took her to Milwaukee, Wis., and Quebec, Canada.

Sr. Gomez’s ministries included teaching primary grades at schools in Ottumwa and Davenport and 26 years in the education department at Marycrest College in Davenport. She also taught graduate reading courses at Creighton University, Omaha.


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. Following her retirement, she helped care for ill family members. After moving to Davenport, she volunteered at a senior citizens’ center and tutored Hispanic adults and children. In 2006 she moved to Bishop Drumm Retirement Center.

Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated Nov. 4 at the Humility of Mary Center Magnificat Chapel, Davenport. Burial was to follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

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