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Cecilia Rios Gogo
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Cecilia Rios Gogo was born on November 7, 1949 in Tamuning, Guam. She was the next to
youngest daughter of 8 children born to Jesus Salas Rios and Lolkje Kamminga Rios. She grew up in Agana Heights and was baptized at Sinajana Catholic Church. She attended and graduated from the all-girls The Academy of Our Lady of Guam in 1967. Two years later she moved to Tacoma and lived with her sister Sylvia Rios and her daughter Paula.

At a party, she met Vicente Gogo (9/3/1943) who was stationed at Fort Lewis. They had known of each other’s families but had not met in Guam. He was a drill sergeant when he was
discharged from the US Army. Their daughter Tanya Ann Gogo was born on December 21, 1973 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vicente and Cecilia were married in Nashville on May 31, 1974. They lived in Las Vegas for a time before moving back to Tacoma in the late 1970s. He was gregarious and made friends wherever he was. Ben, as he was often known, worked in several different vocations, including being a cook and having a catering business that featured traditional Guamanian dishes, being a corrections officer, and being a taxi driver. Cecilia was a homemaker until her daughter Tanya was in school. Cecilia worked at Woolworth’s in Lakewood and Pay N Pak in Parkland before going to work at Home Depot in 1994. She worked at the location on Tacoma Mall Boulevard for many years, and transferred to the Spanaway Home Depot for its opening on October 7, 2007. She was the head cashier.

After moving back to Tacoma, Ben and Cecilia recommitted themselves to the Lord and were
baptized in a small, non-denominational church called Deliverance Chapel in Parkland. The
family then moved to Peoples Church in east Tacoma, and Ben and Cecilia stayed through its
transition to Covenant Celebration Church. Ben often volunteered his cooking skills, such as
preparing spaghetti meals before Wednesday night services, while Cecilia was quiet and
supportive but preferred to stay outside of the spotlight. There were many family gatherings for
birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, which included Sylvia and Paula; their sister and brother-in-law, Jo and David Pocaigue; and their daughters, Patricia and Melinda. Tanya
remembers that they’d often call September through Easter “Birthday Season” because there was a holiday and/or birthday every month through that time. In 1993, Cecilia made a trip back to Guam for a Rios Family reunion and to see Ben, who was there for work at the time.

In 1997, Ben was diagnosed with ALS. Cecilia eventually took a leave of absence from Home
Depot to care for him full-time. Ben died on July 4, 1998 in Tacoma and was entombed at
Tahoma National Cemetery. During this time, Cecilia and Sylvia lived across the street from
each other. When the time came for Sylvia to buy a house a few years later, they again became roommates. For the past 13 years, Cecilia has lived with Sylvia. Their lives included Tanya; Paula and her husband, Glen; and their daughters, Selah and Rachael.

Cecilia was a loving and caring wife and mother. She enjoyed reading; puzzles of all kinds, from jigsaw to sudoku; yard work; and, most of all, spending time with her family.

On Monday, August 14, Cecilia’s life came to a sudden and peaceful close at her home in
Spanaway, Washington.

In honor of Cecilia, her corneas were donated to two individuals who needed transplants, one of whom was a 20-year old young man.

Cecilia will be loved and remembered by her daughter Tanya Gogo;
Her sisters
Josefina “Jo” R. Pocaigue (David)
Sylvia K. Rios
Victoria “Dora” R. Borlas (Fred)
Antonia “Toni” Maria Cabatic (Romy, Deceased)
Her brother
Frank K. Rios (Shirley)
and many Nieces and Nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents:

Father: Jesus Salas Rios

Mother: Lolkje Kamminga Rios

Her brother: Ignacio “Chuck” K. Rios (Antonia)

Her sister: Lolkje “Lou” R. Shoda (Carlos)

And Vicente Gogo, her beloved husband of 24 years.

Her urn will be blessed and placed beside her husband at The Tahoma National Cemetery in
Kent, Washington.

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