Olga Gomez left a lasting impression on Western Nevada College. The petite and smiling young woman worked diligently every day at her classes and her student job, even when she was privately fighting a painful disease.
The collegeâ€™s Latino Cohort, a group of students who study with and support each other along their college journey, was notably fond of Olga. When Gomez passed away in June after a long illness, the Latino Cohort members showed their support for Gomez and her family on Wednesday, July 15, during a service at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Community in Carson City.
Cohort members wore specially made T-shirts that included Gomezâ€™s picture above the message â€œOlga, you touched many lives at WNCâ€ on the front and â€œYou were an inspiration to usâ€ on the back.
â€œEven though she was so sick, she always had a smile on her face and was always making people laugh,â€ said Lupe Ramirez, WNCâ€™s assistant to the Dean and Coordinator of Latino Student Outreach. â€œIt didnâ€™t matter how much pain she was in, she was always making peopleâ€™s day and would always have something positive to say.â€
Gomez was only one class shy of earning her associate degree.
â€œShe had the determination to push as far as she could to get her degree,â€ Ramirez said. â€œShe was an inspiration.â€
Ramirez said the friendship and bond of the cohort members extended beyond the campus.
â€œThey not only support cohort members when there is a crisis, but they treat each other like family,â€ Ramirez said.
Students showing support of the late Olga Gomez, from left, are Daniel Gomez, Gabriel Gomez, Jocelyn Lozano, Pedro DueÃ±as, Yolanda Llamas