Mary Gomes May 10, 1921 - September 6, 2013 Mary Helen Connell-Hughett-Gomes, 92, passed away very peacefully, Friday, September 6, 2013, in Las Vegas, NV. She was born Mary Helen Connell on May 10, 1921 in Wolfe City, TX (Dallas). At age 6, she moved to California with her family "Grapes of Wrath" style in a Model T with a mattress on the roof. She attended grammar school and high school in Shafter, CA where her father was an established cotton farmer. She married Donald L. Hughett, Sr. (deceased) while waitressing and attending Bakersfield Jr. College. They had 6 children, Patricia Vern Hughett (deceased), Carolyn Sue "Susie" Hughett (deceased), Shirley Hadden (deceased), Mary Beth Phillips (Dave) of Bessemer, AL, Donald L. Hughett, Jr. of Hercules, CA, and Kathleen A. Leavitt (Terry) of Las Vegas, NV. While raising children in the farm town of Buttonwillow, CA, Mary was a Cub Scout Den Mother, a Room Mother and a devoted supporter to her first husband and an involved participant in his community positions and activities as Boy Scout Master, Boy Scout Commissioner, President of the Chamber of Commerce, President and lifetime member of the PTA, the Boys' Club, Lion's Club, and the Eagles. She worked for many years in pharmacies in Bakersfield, CA where she gained the respect and friendship of many medical professionals. She was a competitive bridge player, bowler and loved to read novels. Mary was an avid golfer in her mid-life; an activity that she enjoyed with several close friends. She was preceded in death and survived by many for whom she cared, raised, counseled, disciplined and to whom she gave her unconditional love. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Myrtle Connell, and two brothers, Bill and Maurice "Moe" Connell. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Larry H. Gomes. Mary is survived by 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Mary's family asks that she be remembered as the beautiful, giving and caring person she was, whose unconditional love positively impacted countless lives. A memorial service will be announced at a later date when her entire family can join together to celebrate her life. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 15, 2013