Gomez Family
Paula Martinez (age 89, left photo) and her granddaughter Guadalupe Gomez both passed away from COVID-19. Maricopa resident Grace Gomez, who is Paula's daughter and Guadalupe's mother, is forming a support group for local residents to help gather information and cope with the impact of the virus. [Ian Roberds photo]

A local woman who has had four generations of her family infected with COVID-19 is forming a group for local residents to offer support, education, and information to each other on the subject.

Grace Gomez, her mother, daughter, and granddaughter all have been infected with COVID, with her mother Paula and daughter Guadalupe passing away at ages 89 and 47, respectively, from the virus. She believes the city’s residents have the resources to help each other get through the pandemic together.

“I’d like to get a group together to talk about how we deal with the loss we’ve had, recovery, prevention, all those issues,” she said. “I would love to have a registered nurse or a doctor from the area come to educate us about COVID and the vaccines. I believe there are a lot of people in Maricopa besides me who could benefit from something like this.”

Grace Gomez. [Ian Roberds photo]
Anyone interested in joining such a group can contact Gomez at 520-518-2015 or at GomezFamily901@gmail.com. The group will meet at the InMaricopa office, 44400 W. Honeycutt Rd., Suite 101, with the date and time of the initial meeting to be determined.

Gomez believes such a group will be helpful not just in today’s climate, but for the future.

“This is not going to be the last time we’re going to have a pandemic,” she said. “We need to learn how to cope with them.”