Theresa Marie Gomes, 85, of East Taunton passed away July 3, at home, surrounded by family. Theresa, known to her loved ones as “Gram,” was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose unshakable faith was most evident in the extraordinary life she led. Her reputation for honesty, integrity, generosity and hard work is how she will be remembered by all who knew her. A self-made women, Theresa owned and operated her own business, T & C Gomes Cleaning. A talented athlete, Theresa played tennis, softball and joined various bowling leagues. As a phenomenal teacher, she coached tennis at Taunton High School and girls' softball at Bristol Plymouth. Theresa, known also as Terry by many friends, spent time between East Taunton and Fort Lauderdale, where she made life long friends that became her family away from home. When not on the court herself, Theresa loved to be in the stands or in her favorite chair, cheering on her beloved Red Sox and Celtics. More than all else, Theresa cherished her time with family, considering them to be her most important accomplishment.
Known for her ability to make people laugh and to bring out the best in others, Theresa will be lovingly remembered by the friends and family she leaves behind, including sons, Thomas and wife, Brigitte; Kenneth and wife, Allison; Steven and wife, Candice; as well as her ten grandchildren, Steven, Nicole, Theresa, Tony, Dwight, Tenley, Christopher, and Andrew; her seven great-grandchildren; her godson, Ronnie Ducharme; and brother, Paul Ducharme. Theresa is preceded in death by her parents, Raoul and Antoinette (Hudon) Ducharme; her son, Antone Gomes III; her two grandsons, Mitchell and Henry Gomes, as well as her 5 brothers and 2 sisters.
A memorial service is planned for family and friends at Holy Family Church, her home parish, located at 372 Middleboro Ave. in East Taunton on Saturday, July 10 at 9:00 AM with the burial following immediately after at Saint Joseph's Cemetery. The family will host a gathering at Fireside Grill located at 30 Bedford St. Middleborough, MA 02346 following the burial. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Saint Vincent De Paul.
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