Melrose Abbey Memorial is honored to serve the family and celebrate the life of Margaret Gonzales...
Margaret T. Gonzales passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, January 28, 2022, having just reached her 100th birthday. She was known as “Mimi”. Born November 17, 1921, she was the only remaining sibling of a family of three long lived sisters and an older brother. She married her husband, Richard, during WWII and had two sons, James and Donald and a daughter, Elizabeth. She is survived by Donald, Betty and grandchildren Alisa, Colin, Michael, and Jeffery.
Mimi was born New Mexico. After marrying Richard moved to Lanham, Maryland, eventually settling in Sacramento, California. She had a long spanning career with a geology firm, an architectural firm, and California Public Employees until she retired in Sacramento in December 1994. She always spoke fondly of her co-workers. Her husband preceded her in 1998. Margaret loved to travel. She traveled to Europe with her husband and then traveled extensively with her friend Betty Eberly.
Mimi was a strong woman, took care of her family. She was a planner, loved to read and always learn new things. She was vibrant and had a good sense of humor. She enjoyed her food, wine, dancing, and tai-chi. She also had a green thumb as proven by her many plants. In 2005, Margaret moved to Palos Verdes, California to be near her son and lived independently until recently in 2016 when she moved in with her son Donald who cared for her until her passing.