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Maria Feliz Gomez-Jauregui

Place of birth: Salinas, California

Religious affiliation: Catholic

Maria Gomez-Jauregui was born in Salinas, California on November 19, 1946 to Leon and Rosa Gomez. She attended Hartnell Junior College and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in 1968.

Maria worked for Head Start and then in 1973, she went to work at Cal Poly in the Accounts Payable Department. She transferred to the Payroll Department and worked there until her retirement at the end of 2012.

During her forty years at Cal Poly, she volunteered for many organizations and served on many committees, including the Newman Catholic Center, the Childcare Advisory Committee, the Green and Gold BBQ crew, University Club and most recently served as Treasurer of the Chicana Latino Faculty Staff Association.

Being a dedicated mom to her children Hector Manuel “Manuelito” Lopez Guerrero and Jessica Gomez-Jauregui was her first priority. Jessica remembers when Maria was her water polo team mom, how she never missed a game, and shared tasty treats with everyone.

Maria’s crocheted creations were legendary. She gifted her handmade blankets and beanies to multiple generations of her many friends.

Maria had a fondness for the color burgundy, teddy bears, and watching the Lakers win!

Maria was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Rosa Gomez and her son, Manuelito.

She is survived by her daughter Jessica and her sister Eleanor Gamboa (Juan), nephews Leon Gamboa, Juan Gamboa Jr. (Jackie), her niece Veronica Gamboa and some very special long time friends.

Although it is always difficult to lose a parent, Jessica is comforted in knowing she was reunited with her beloved Manuelito, 32 years to the day of his passing.

Funeral Notice Detail

A viewing will be Wednesday, June 10 from 1:00 - 5:00 pm, followed by a Rosary at 5:00 pm at Wheeler Smith Mortuary, 2890 So Higuera, San Luis Obispo. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 11 at 10:30 at Nativity of Our Lady, 221 Daly Avenue, San Luis Obispo.

A Memorial Service will be held at

Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church

221 Daly Avenue

San Luis Obispo , CA 93402

On: Jun 11, 2015 — At: 10:30 AM

3 Responses

  • Joyce Adams On

    With Love...


    Ah, Maria, I will miss you so much, my friend. Not a Saturday will pass that I will not think of you and all the fun we have had at our regular lunch dates. I feel so blessed to have had you in my life. Until we meet again, my friend, I love you. Joyce

  • Kathy Constantine On


    Oh Maria, I’d much rather be sitting around our retiree lunch table, talking recipes, books, crafts and all the stuff we don’t miss about work than writing this. What I will remember the most though are the many times I came to you at work with a seemingly insurmountable problem for an employee. You would look at me with those steady, calming eyes, and ALWAYS be willing to help concoct and carry out a plan to do whatever it might take to help someone. We will miss those eyes, but we have learned from you and we will do our best to carry on your generosity. Peace to you my friend, and comfort to your cherished family. ~~Kathy

  • Sheree May On

    Remembering you, Maria....


    My dear, sweet Maria. I will always think of you as the calm go-to Payroll Tech, who would drop everything to help me out with a crazy predicament the State Controller's Office would have put us in. You taught me so much. You had a heart of gold, and never ceased to share it. Thank you for smiling with me, and not laughing AT me, when I tried to learn to speak Spanish without sounding like a Gringo. I loved trying my new words out on you, but my white Irish tongue always betrayed me. Still, you encouraged. I remember the day we discussed our future retirements together. We were going to meet at Santa Rosa Park, sit under a spreading tree and you were going to teach me to crochet. Time passed too quickly, didn't it? I'm thankful for the laughs we were able to fit in though. Thank you for the times we shared stories of our families together - some things shared were funny, sometimes not so much. Thank you for always listening with an open heart. I never doubted that you had my back. I hope you would have said the same about me. I will miss you, sweet Juanita. There will be a noticeable absence at our monthly lunches. But just listen for us, because we will continue to think of you, and remember you with only kind words. Because that's our Maria. Rest in Blissful Peace now. Sheree

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