February 22, 1934 ~ November 13, 2019

Born in: Burns, WY
Resided in: Commerce City, CO

Anna Lenora Gomez, 85, of Denver, Colorado, passed away peacefully November 13, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Anna was born February 22, 1934 in Burns, Wyoming, to Harvey and Rose (Garner) Fisher. She and her brothers and sisters attended a one-room schoolhouse in Florissant where Anna graduated in 1952. Anna worked for the Welcome Wagon and later took a job with Colorado Market Research. She also worked a second job as a part time probation officer. In 1969 Anna began her career as one of the first women deputy sheriffs for the City and County of Denver. She served as a highly respected officer for twenty-seven years, receiving several commendations before retiring in 1996.

Anna was very fortunate to share her life in 4 separate unions throughout her lifetime. Anna married Dale Thatcher on February 25, 1952 -1957. Four Children were born to this union. Anna married Lynn Mason Mair 1958-1967. Two children were born to this union. Anna married Roger Velasquez in 1969-1988 and then to Ruben Gomez 1993 -2006.

Anna was full of life and lived a wonderful life. Anna woke up with passion and purpose and met each day with a big smile on her face. She started her day with a saying “if every day was like today, then everyday would be beautiful”. In her younger years, Anna traveled extensively to places such as Spain, Mexico, Africa, and Hawaii just to name a few. While in town Anna loved to go out to eat and dance with her sister Gloria. In her later years she loved to get out and have fun around town. Anna loved to meet new friends; she would meet several new friends at the bingo hall she would go to three times a week. She spent many afternoons at the Reunion Coffee House telling people her life story and writing down her thoughts. Anna loved her city and would often go sight see with her buddy Anita and her family. She loved to spend time downtown looking at all the growth and look at the Rocky Mountains.

Anna loved to read books and publications, especially her Readers Digest. After reading her books Anna would sit in front of her computer and type stories, Facebook, and write cards to her friends and family. After playing on the computer, she enjoyed watching shows about police work, talent and loved to be in the know with 9news.

Anna loved a great meal; She loved to enjoy her breakfast with her family. She would always say “this is wonderful” whenever one of her children or grandchildren made a meal for her. Anna often she would go to dinners with her daughters and have some of her favorite foods such as Mexican, Italian, green chili and Chocolate. After dinner, Anna loved to watch the sunsets from her bedroom and porch during the summer months.

Anna was a woman of faith and forgiveness. Anna always spoke of God and would often tell her family to “take God with you always and when you’re done, send him back to me”. She loved to pray, and she believed in being guided by God in all her decisions. She would bow her head put her hand on her heart and ask what she should do and then share it with whoever was in her presence at the time. There was never a moment when Anna missed a moment to share words of wisdom, a story or an experience.

Anna was proud and loved to share her new home with everyone that came into her world. In addition to many visitors from out of town that got to stay during their stay in Colorado, there were many family events as well as holidays that were celebrated in her home. She was proud of her life and all she accomplished. Anna was a retired sheriff, an accomplished genealogist and published author. Many poems, life stories and words of wisdom are among her credited works of art. With all Anna’s accomplishments, she was mostly proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never hesitated to tell her family how proud of them she was or how much she loved them. She often sung her version of lyrics of one of her favorite songs You call everybody darling. She would sing “You call everybody Darling and I love you” to her grandchildren. Her two dogs were her companions and a big part of her later years.

Anna was tenacious in her fight to continue living. Many times, she expressed how much she wanted to continue to “write her story” and experience watching her family grow. Anna didn’t like to say goodbye instead she used clever catch phrases such as “see you later alligator, after while crocodile” upon leaving her home. Anna knew she was always coming back.

As we turn Anna over to the God for her next journey we will remember her life’s saying and moto “united we stand, divided we fall and we are not falling” We love you and we will never forget your legacy and life’s work!

Anna is survived by her sister, Gloria (Tom) Digesualdo, sister Jeannie (David) Howell, son Don Thatcher, daughter Darlene (Mike) Scollon, daughter Tina Thatcher, daughter Marie (David) Burks, step-daughter Linda Powl, Dora Saigeon, step-son Dan Gomez, step-daughter Linda Powell, grandchildren, Christina (Mike) Brankin, Jennifer (Chad) Alexander, Trevor (Trinity) Thatcher, Shavonne (Aaron) Sanders, Joseph Scollon, Ashley (John) Anthony, David Burks Jr. and Devin Burks, Mckenzie Gomez, Evan Gomez, as well as 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, Anna is preceded in death by her parents, sister Nancy Crawford, brothers Jim and William Fisher, sons Gregory Thactcher and David Mair and grandson, Samuel Burks Jr.

The family has entrusted Horan & McConaty Funeral Home with the services for their beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt. Visitation will be held at 12:00pm -2:00pm November 21st at Horan & McConaty Chapel. A Celebration of Anna’s life will be held Friday, November 22, 2019 at 11:00 am at Horan & McConaty Heartlight Center. She will be buried next to her beloved son, David in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.


Visitation: November 21, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Chapel

Visitation: November 22, 2019 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Heartlight

Funeral Service: November 22, 2019 11:00 am

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Heartlight

Reception: November 22, 2019 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Horan & McConaty - SE Denver/Aurora
11150 E. Dartmouth Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

Room: Heartlight

Graveside Service: November 22, 2019 2:15 pm

Mount Olivet Cemetery
12801 W. 44th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Room: Graveside

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  1. So sorry to hear about this. She was like a mother to me. I remember she spanked me in the front yard long time ago.. to bad get a chance to see her.. she was a good person…
    Shellie Schreiner…

  2. I am so sad to hear about this dear sweet lady that I’ve known seems like a lifetime her kindness strength and humor was so loved you had a remarkable mother and I know she is looking down on you with that beautiful smile I love you my friend

  3. Anna was such a good friend to me. For many years we worked together at the Denver Sheriff Department where I first met her.. She was my mentor and one of the first female deputies in the department. She had such interesting stories to tell about her experiences and wrote many of them down. She was also a writer.
    I helped with the decorating for her wedding to Rueben and I will forever remember how happy she was then. She always had words of wisdom and kindness for me and others. She was a very honest person and always and spoke the truth. She never minced words. Anna loved her family so much. She was one of the strongest women I know. I will miss her.
    Anna you are with Jesus now and all your loved ones who went to the Lord before you. I love you my dear friend.

  4. We met Anna after she married Ruben Gomez. (Ruben was a Spanish teacher and coach to us in Custer at Mason County Eastern High School) We visited them at their home in Ludington, MI and truly enjoyed listening to them tell their stories from the past. Anna’s days in Colorado were always a big topic. Anna was a wonderful woman and we will definitely miss her. Our sincere condolences and prayers to the entire family.

  5. So sorry to get this news. Anna and I had many discussions over the years about our genealogical connections. She and Ruben visited us about 20 years ago, and I was pleased to meet my distant cousin. Rest In Peace, dear Anna.

  6. Mom, my heart is broken with your passing, but I’m so glad you are with our loved ones and Jesus in Heaven. You’ve been such an inspiration in my life. Faith in God above all else, is the most important gift you gave me. I am so blessed to know the peace of the Lord and that He is always with us in good times and bad. I watched you lean on Him in our darkest moments and consistently praise Him for all the goodness we’ve experienced throughout our lives. I will miss your wisdom, protective nature and tenacity, but most of all, I’ll miss your smile. Thank you for teaching us to be strong, loving and grateful. You will always be in my heart and thoughts. I love you.

  7. Prayers for all who loved Anna. She was a very strong women who loved and trusted God in all she did. Her wisdom will be missed by all who knew her. She was a rock for all who needed rest or support. I will truly miss you aunt Anna.

  8. Anna Gomez, Women of God, Retired Deputy Sheriff, Strong women and well loved.
    Although, I was never blessed with the opportunity to get to know you, but you were spoken so highly of by EVERYONE at the sheriff department when I arrived in 1999. I heard several heartwarming stories of your long outstanding tenures with the department. Also, you were the last women to ever wear a skirt to work everyday. My heart goes out to your family and friends. You will truly be missed but your spirit will live on at the Denver Sheriff Department current and retired.
    God bless, Rest in Heaven.

  9. Anna was always such a sweet lady, whenever I needed anything she was right there to help. She will forever have a special place in our hearts.

  10. My heart is broken for all of you. Both of my parents have passed, so I understand where your hearts are this week and in the time to come. I still remember coming to the Valley View neighborhood during the late 70’s. All the stuff we did at Mapleton and your mom supporting us in anything we did. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Debbie Meade

  11. We just wanted to say we were saddened by the loss of Ms. Anna. Tina, your mother always treated my family like we were ‘family’; we appreciated all the times she invited us into her home for family gatherings and enjoyed our conversations with her. Shavonne and Ashley, we know how special your grandmother was to each of you, she will be missed. Just knowing that she is resting in a better place and now is our Angel is comforting all of us at this time.

  12. Anna was a strong and wonderful Aunt, Mother, Grandmother, Great grandmother, wife. She loved life and people and animals all. She was an inspiration to us all. I will never forget her. She never stopped looking until she found all of her family as she had promised. Her legacy will not be forgotten.

  13. My grandmother love you and miss you. This doesn’t seem real. I am so sad that our time on this earth has come to an end but I have peace that you are in Heaven and happy with all our loved ones that went before you. Continue to protect and guide us through this life.

  14. Mom my heart is crushed at this time,I will miss you and our talks we had alot,I love you so much, I could have never had a better step mom, you was the best,I will never forget those wonderful memories of you.may you rest in peace. I know you will always be on my mind. Tina,Darlene,Marie,Donald. I am so sorry for your great loss, my prayers is with you all. I know it was tough for you and your family, please know that I loved mom very much, the day will come when we will see her again. May God comfort you , please know I love all of you. You all showed so much love for mom caring for her. Not all children would do that. I am proud that you all was my step family and proud to have Marie as my sister.
    . Take care and again so sorry

  15. So sorry your Mom has passed. I see she and I shared a birthday. May you take comfort in all the warm memories you made. God bless you and your family.

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