Almeta Rae Womack
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November 29, 1939 -
December 7, 2013
Almeta Womack, resident of Long Beach, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 7th. She was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri and came to California as a child when her parents moved West looking for better opportunities. She grew up in California, graduating from Compton High School in 1958. She met her future husband of 50 years, John Alfred Womack, Jr., and they were married in May of 1960. As a young woman she was successful at the jobs that she held at Weiser Lock and McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. Her managers and co-workers all respected the intelligence and professionalism that she brought to the workplace. Almeta was able to support John and herself as he was starting his own business, a retail tropical fish and pet store called Tiki's Tropical Fish, located in Bellflower. Early on it was a struggle to establish Tiki's, but once it became more successful, she joined him in building, running, and maintaining the day-to-day business. But after many years of hard work in their business and raising a family of three sons, Almeta decided to make a life change and pursue her dream of going to college and getting a degree. Going back to college as an older adult was a great challenge, and she met the challenge, graduating magna cum laude from the California State University Long Beach with a bachelor degree in History in 1989. She then went on to receive a teaching credential and eventually became a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District at San Miguel Avenue Elementary School in South Gate. She spent eleven years at San Miguel, retiring in 2009. Her proudest achievements as a teacher were helping her first and second graders learn to read and write so that they could be successful in their future endeavours. Almeta had many friends throughout her life reflecting the many different interests that she held. She was usually very busy pursuing her interests in history, enlightenment, spiritualism, singing, and art. She was always happy to talk about English history, go to an opening night at the local art museum, attend a lecture on theosophy, take in a musical, make her own music with her chorale group, or hang out at the local karaoke night. Almeta was an accomplished woman who had a lifelong love of learning and of understanding our place in the universe. She instilled this love and desire in her children and others through example. She was very beloved and will be greatly missed. Almeta is survived by her three sons, Mark, Bryan and Kevin; two grandchildren; sisters Frankie DePont, Anna-Mae Sampson and half sisters Michelle Bye and Katerina Crook. A private memorial service will be held in January.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Dec. 20, 2013