Dorothy E. Gomez

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

LEBANON, NH — Dorothy E. (Day) Gomez “NaNa,” 96, of Lebanon, NH left this earth peacefully on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the home of her daughter, Blanche Pepin, surrounded by immediate family. She was the daughter of Frank and Blanche (Lambert) Day of Wilder, VT. Dorothy was born June 3, 1922. She lived hear early years in West Lebanon and attended school there, she later moved to Lebanon for the remainder of her life. Dorothy was predeceased by her husband, Phillip L. Gomez, Sr., whom she was married to for 57 years. They were always asked, how many kids they had together and they would reply none. When asked why they would respond by saying that they didn’t want her kids and his kids to fight with “their” kids.

Dorothy was also predeceased by her parents, Frank and Blanche Day; infant sister, Margaret; sisters, Sylvia Kelly and Irene Beauleau; brothers, Gerald (Jerry) Day and Kenneth (Joe) Day; son, Sheldon E. Brown, Jr.; grandson, Robert (Bobby) Merrill, Jr.; and son-in-law, Russel J. Thornton.

She bought the 4 Aces diner in 1965 when it was on Main Street in West Lebanon and ran it for 20 years. After retiring from the Diner what she missed most was seeing all her loyal regular customers every day, who referred to her as “Mom.” Previously to buying the Diner she worked many years at Newbridge Restaurant, Riverside Grill, and Mike’s Restaurant as a waitress. She was a true people person.

Dorothy enjoyed crocheting, knitting, search a word puzzles, books (that she ordered by the boxful), and she loved playing Solitaire. She loved her cat, Squirrel, which she had for 13 years. Her favorite companions over the last several years were her daughter’s dogs, Fergie and Olivia, and daughter Marion’s dog, Rocky.

Dorothy is survived by a son, Phillip L. Gomez, Jr. (Norma), and daughters, Blanche Pepin (Stan), Marion Thornton, and Linda Brown (who was always considered as a daughter). Dorothy’s primary caretakers were Blanche and Stan Pepin whom she lived with for the last several years. Marion Thornton, Linda Brown, and Barbara Hill Welch were also her caregivers until the end. Dorothy has ten grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank her doctor, Lisa Buck Rogers, and her staff at the Family Health Center who showed great care and compassion for Dorothy and the family, also to VNA-VNH and Hospice for their care and guidance throughout Dorothy’s final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT & NH, P.O. Box 881, Brattleboro, VT 05302

Family and friends are invited to Dorothy’s calling hours from 1-3 P.M. and 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon. Dorothy’s funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 17, 2019 at the West Lebanon Congregational Church, Pastor David Walter of Minnesota will be officiating. Burial will follow at the West Lebanon Cemetery with a reception at back at the church. An online guest book is available to leave Dorothy’s family a message of condolence by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com