Cecilia “Ceil” Tamika Gomez

Cecilia“Ceil” Tamika Gomez was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 30, 1973 to Purnell C. Ham and Gertrude E. Ham, she was the youngest of their five children. Cecilia stood strong and steadfast until the angel of God said “come and rest” on 17 May 2021 at St Luke’s Hospital. She was preceded in death by her father, Purnell C. Ham, her mother, Gertrude E. Ham and her brothers, Charles (Chucky) Powell, and Purnell C. Ham Jr.

Matthew 11:28
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Cecilia was a 1991 graduate of West Catholic High School. After leaving Philadelphia, Cecilia moved to California where she met her loving husband, Mark L. Gomez. She was united in Holy matrimony to Mark on 28 May 2005. She received her bachelor’s degree in Network and System Administration/Administrator from American InterContinental University Summa Cum Laude and was on track to receive her master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University. While in California, Cecilia found her passion in engineering and technology and joined the Verizon Team as a Network Engineer.  She was an employee for over 16 years. After some time, she moved to Ohio but ultimately settled in Independence, MO.  

Cecilia was known for her infectious and warm personality. One of her favorite things was always making people smile and laugh. She had a funny way of seeing the humor in almost any situation.  Her compassion was unlike any other and she always put others before herself. Throughout any trial she faced, she stayed positive and faithful to God. She took pride in being a black woman in engineering. She enjoyed staying up to date with the latest technology and training at Verizon, and volunteering to help her teammates. Of all her many accomplishments, Cecilia was proudest of her children, grandchildren and family. Being a wife, a mother, and a nana were her most prized titles. 

Gone but never forgotten, Cecilia leaves behind long lasting memories with her husband and soulmate of 16 years, Mark L. Gomez (Independence, MO); her three children, daughter Celita M. Ham (Independence, MO); son Maliq P. Gomez (Independence, MO.); daughter Maiya N. Gomez (Independence, MO); two grandchildren, Jordan M. Robinson (Independence, MO); Landon M. Davis (Independence, MO); two sisters, Crystal E. Mehta (Lumberton, NJ); Cathyann T. (Corwin J.) Ashley (Philadelphia, PA);  her brother, Christopher S. (Verona R.) Ham (Yorktown, VA); one sister-in-law Shayna A. Gomez; her nieces, Nekisha S. (Kalon R.) Ladd (Belleville, IL); Kandiann J. (Tosha M.) Ashley (Townsend, DE); Kourtney M. Ashley (Philadelphia, PA); Kiana M. Ham (Richmond, VA); Kelliann T. Ashley (Philadelphia, PA) her nephews, Christopher S. Ham II (Richmond, VA); Nathan S. Mehta (Lumberton, NJ); uncles Russell Edmonds (Philadelphia, PA), Donald Edmonds (Philadelphia, PA) and two great-nieces, one great-nephew and a host of cousins and friends too numerous to mention.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

The family of Cecilia Gomez wishes to express our sincere appreciation for the condolences and various expressions of sympathy that have been extended during our bereavement. We pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time and ask for continued thoughts, prayers and support.

At request of Cecilia, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Her wishes were for us not to mourn her leaving, but to celebrate her life and the time she was here and made us laugh.  


  1. Ramon, Javawn, & Ramiah on June 4, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    We’re so sorry for your the loss. We will continue to pray for peace and comfort as the family celebrates the life of Cecilia and all of the memories she’s blessed you with. ??

  2. Shronda & Willie Pendergrass on June 4, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    We are so very sorry for you all’s loss. We will continue to pray for peace and comfort that only God can give. Bless you all.

  3. Felecia, Dorothy, Irene & Gabrielle Myers on June 4, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    We can’t begin to express how much Cecilia will be missed. Always willing to help you find the silver lining in a situation, she etched her mark on our family from the first time we connected in grade school. I’ll miss her laugh, her smile, her sense of humor but feel a sense of peace in the fact that comfort can and will be found in knowing that she’s still a presence in both heart and mind. Love and blessings to all of the family from the Myers Family in Philly.

  4. Shirley Sims on June 5, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Cecilia an amazing woman, who accomplished so much during her brief period of life on this earth. May she rest in peace. I will continue to keep her family and Crystal and her family in my prayers.
    Shirley Sims

  5. Aunt Mary Brown, Alfonzie & Debra Brown Patterson on June 5, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    Praying for the family during this Alfonzie & Debra Brown Patt (Fayetteville NC)

  6. Ranee' H. Means on June 6, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    I am praying for the entire family for healing and peace! Cecilia was a loving and caring person who loved her family. She will be greatly missed by one and all. With my sincere condolences and love.
    Ranee’ Means and family

  7. Janet Sieben on June 8, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    I worked with Cecilia at Verizon, we only meet in person one time.. but that is all it took, we were pals ever since. I’ll miss our chats, sharing stories about our families. Gone way too soon ! Until we meet again “sister from another mister” ??

  8. katena davis on June 9, 2021 at 10:28 am

    i’m so sorry to hear this I wish all the best much love
    katena bullock davis

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