Lydia Gomes-Jenkins was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Marcelino and Maria Gomes on September 14th, 1968. Her siblings describe her as a feisty and spirited child. She always had a love for fashion, she enjoyed taking the train downtown on Saturdays with her mother to go shopping for things like Jordache Jeans and her favorite shoes. It comes as no surprise that her first job was at a clothing store. She went to school in Roxbury, Mass., where she graduated from Madison Park High School. There she was a member of VICA where she competed in World Skills competitions and was a member of her yearbook committee.
In her adult years she worked at Dimock Health Center as a youth counselor. There she met Tracy Spring who she would later become the godmother to her three children. After leaving Dimock she worked as a Medical Assistance for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates for over ten years. You would often find her shoe shopping during her lunch breaks with Kenya and Cecilia, while Ruby held down the fort until they returned. Lydia always felt it was important to have work life balance. She loved to take a weekend getaway to Miami with her friend Silleta. Her friends would describe her as someone who loved to have a good time partying and listening to reggae music, but also as someone who was always there in times of need. After much anticipation and excitement on October 17th, 2010, Lydia alongside her sister Rose helped her daughter welcome her first grandchild Halo into the world. Tragically the next day Lydia was involved in a car accident, where she lost her mobility. She never allowed that to stop her from being an amazing mother and “Na-na” to her grandchildren. Lydia completed her journey on August 31th, 2021, with all of her children by her side. Lydia will be remembered by her children as someone who lived life to the fullest, loved hard, and made the world her runway.
Lydia is preceded in death by her father Marcelino Gomes.
Lydia is survived by her husband Semmitt Lee Jenkins, her children Gloria Marie Hogan, Jocelyn Christine Hogan, Semmitt Lee Jenkins, Jr., and Sumayah Lee Jenkins, her siblings Elaine, Rosline Harden, James Gomes, and Melissa Gomes, her mother Marie Gomes, her grandchildren Halo Hollis, and Jaylan Greenidge, her godchildren Camille, Jujuan, and Treson Springer. She will also be missed by many uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, great nephews, and nieces.
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