Marcelle Marie Melanie Gilson Gomez

Marcelle Marie Melanie Gilson Gomez

Marcelle Marie Melanie Gilson Gomez, 96, passed away in peace and grace, surrounded by her family on January 24th. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Alberto Gomez, her parents Armand and Germaine Gilson, her three sisters, Esther, Elsa and Marie-Louise, and her great-granddaughter, Cheyenne. 

She is survived by her six children: Diane Munoz, Alberto Gomez Jr., Christine Gomez, Robert Gomez, Cynthia Lopez (Salvador), and Cecilia Rosas (Rudy); her 14 grandchildren: Kathryn Medina, Robert Munoz (Sivia), Michael Munoz (Loretto), Deborah Munoz (Lee), Robert Gomez (Monica), Brandy Gonzales (Simon), Johnathan Gomez, Vivienne Wallace, Amanda Lopez, Melanie Lopez, Ashley Cordova (Albert), Mark Gonzalez (Francine), Irene Rosas, Silvia Rosas; and her 16 great-grandchildren.

Marcelle was born January 6, 1927 in Jodoigne, Belgium. She met Alberto Gomez during World War II when he was a soldier stationed in Belgium with the Ninth Army Air Force. They married on September 22, 1945, and six months later she traveled to America to join her husband and start a family and a new life in Brownsville, Texas. Marcelle and Alberto were blessed with 30 years together before he passed away in 1975. After she was widowed she worked for several years at Perez Elementary as food services manager. When she retired, she devoted most of her time to her family. She loved all of her children, and was always there when they needed her. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, playing bingo and kismet, watching the Cowboys and listening to George Strait. 

She travelled often with her daughters, and rarely said no to a trip to Vegas or Coushatta to play some slots. Locally she enjoyed dining at her favorite restaurants The Vermillion, The Oyster Bar downtown, and Mi Torito, where she could see old friends and make new ones. If you were lucky enough to know her well, you likely heard some of her stories of living through the war and immigrating to the US at just nineteen. She lived a remarkable life and remembered every detail, even in her last days.

She was the best and most loving Grandmère, Nana, Grandma-Nana, Grandma Sugar – or simply “Grams†to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marcelle had a love for life and was always grateful to the Lord for her many blessings, but she dreamed of the day she would be reunited with her true love. 

As the matriarch of our family, she will be missed, but her memory, her legacy, and her amazing life stories will live on with us forever. Rest in Peace now Mom, you’re with Daddy now.

The family would like to thank the following people for their devoted unwavering care and love for Marcelle: Sandra Deleon (caregiver), George & Iselle Perez, Mary Lou Nieto, and Teré Schultz-Perez, who kept her looking beautiful for over 45 years.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2023 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. Services will conclude at the end of the evening.

Services are under the guidance of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Crematory & Flower Shop. 657 Springmart Blvd., Brownsville, Texas, (956) 350-8485.

Charitable donations in honor of Marcelle can be made to the American Cancer Society

To send flowers or a plant to the family in the memory of Mrs. Gomez, please visit or call (956) 455-3718.


  • Kelly Kim Posted January 24, 2023 7:39 pm

    Grams was one of the brightest souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with. I’ll never forget meeting her the first time – I was so in awwww of her sharp and fiercely charming whit, welcoming spirit, ability to tell a story-any story-like no one else I’d met, and genuine interest in getting to know those around her. If you were a friend of her kids, grandkids or great grandkids, you were a friend of hers. Although we didn’t see her often, she very quickly became “Grams” to our family too. I’m not sure how she got away with steeling so many hearts, but I’m thankful she stole a part of mine. Truly one of a kind ❤️

  • Angie Gracia Posted January 26, 2023 1:07 pm

    My deepest condolences to Marcelle’s family. May she rest in peace with the Lord! Your beautiful smile will be missed by your friends at MI Torito. The moment you walked in with your daughters your presence illuminated the restaurant. You will be missed! ????????????

  • Sandra Pesic Posted January 27, 2023 1:49 pm

    What a blessing to have so many memories which you can treasure for the rest of your lives. Her light will remain.

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