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Kenly man remembers wife killed in tornado

Posted November 20, 2008

— Argiro Gomez returned Thursday to what used to be his home at 847 Scott Road.

The 56-year-old Kenly man spent nearly a week at WakeMed with cuts, bruises, broken bones and a collapsed lung – injuries from the powerful tornado that destroyed his house early Saturday morning.

It changed his life in more ways than one. His wife, Marylin Gomez, died that morning when the house collapsed on her.

"We got married 22 years ago," Gomez said. "We lived together 24 – good times, bad times, but we stayed together."

All he has left now, he says, is his memories.

Born June 9, 1947, in New York, Marylin was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Gomez remembered how the two liked to joke with one another, recalling the last conversation they had before she died.

The two had fallen asleep in separate rooms, he said. But hours before the tornado hit, he went to check on his wife:

"Her final words – I said, 'Honey, are you OK?'

'Yes, I am.'

'Goodnight, I love you.'


'Honey, are you sure?'

'Leave me alone!'"

Now, Gomez will say goodbye.

Family and friends will gather Thursday at 7 p.m. for a memorial service at Minshew-Coley Funeral Home on East Second Street in Kenly.

"With little that I had, she never missed anything that she wanted in life," Gomez said, recalling one Christmas when she begged him for a pool table that he had already bought her as a gift.


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  • Strong31 Nov 21, 2008

    "Why didn't the husband wait to find where his wife was before running to the house next door?"

    texasncgirl- I know someone who personally knows this family and according to her he was "disoriented" after the tornado hit. She said that he honestly did not know what had happened and his first instincts were to run to his neighbor's house. She said that he is riddled with guilt because he did not go check on his wife first, but since he was hit in the head it caused him a lot of confusion.

    I hope this answers your question.

  • ghimmy51 Nov 21, 2008

    Listen not to those who will rise proclaiming they know the ways and will of God. The God of Abraham, Issac and Moses is in full control of this world except for the free will granted to man to follow the Light or the Darkness. The Light of His Son abides in all without need for interpretation. A mixture of piety, wishful fantasy and native American feathers does not make a Godly person. The gall of those who would try to make Him into their image is shocking. In my world we know Who is in charge, worship Him and praise Him regardless of his Will. I suppose some pray to Satan when a tornado is approaching as they have put him in charge of God's Nature.

  • Candlelove Nov 20, 2008

    I think WRAL is only following up on these families. I don't think they are chasing them down. Many people who are not close to the area devastated are concerned about what these people are going through. I'm sure they have the option to decline being interviewed if it is a bother. Some people just want the world to know what a wonderful person they have lost. Many times you will read that a family did decline comment.

  • anonemoose Nov 20, 2008

    My question is why does WRAL have to keep going after family members of deceased victims? The Chery Hospital victim's wife, and now this guy.
    Does crying new widows and widowers make for good ratings?

  • SomethingClever Nov 20, 2008

    Forgot to say, I am praying for this family!!!

  • SomethingClever Nov 20, 2008

    Rev RB - glad you're on these posts!! Nice to see someone who actually KNOWS something about God to defend Him. Some of the posts I read are just ludicrous when people start trying to talk "god." Ugh! Keep it up!

  • texasncgirl Nov 20, 2008

    -TomLynda- I guess that I did not thoroughly read it. Thank you for clarifying for me!

  • TomLynda Nov 20, 2008

    texasncgirl. The man was injured enough that it required hospitalization for crying out loud. Didn't you even thoroughly read the article?

  • Adelinthe Nov 20, 2008

    "A tornado is an act of God if anything ever was."

    Firstly, tornadoes are an act of nature, not the one true God. Secondly, saying that God sends these storms to kill is like saying He's a killer, and we know He is NOT!!!

    Please refer to various scriptures which reveal there are two God/gods; one is the Father of our Lord Christ Jesus, and the other is the god of this world who is satan.

    Because this world and all within it are now under satan's jurisdiction due to Adam's discretion in the Garden, storms are his doing.

    But it is encouraging to we who believe that once we pass, we go into the loving arms of our risen Lord and Savior, and look into the face of His Father, our God.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Adelinthe Nov 20, 2008

    texasncgirl - "Why didn't the husband wait to find where his wife was before running to the house next door?"

    Because he himself was injured. He had several head injuries that required hospital time.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB