In memoriam: Missionary emeritus Felicidad “FiFi” Torres-Gomez, 1940-2023

Felicidad “FiFi” Torres-Gomez, 1940-2023
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Felicidad “FiFi” Torres-Gomez, an International Mission Board missionary emeritus who shared the gospel in Mexico, died June 27, 2023, in Winter Haven, Florida. She was 83.

FiFi was born January 30, 1940, in Havana, Cuba, to the late Eduardo and Santa Guantes Amor. She received the Bachelor of Arts from Havana Business University, Havana, Cuba.

In 1960, she married Hugo Fransciso Torres-Gomez. He was a career military man, a graduate of the top military academy in Cuba. The revolutionaries in Cuba were already coming into power when they married, and a few years later, they immigrated to the United States. Before she and Hugo became missionaries, FiFi was a kindergarten bilingual aide at Tyler Independent School District in Tyler, Texas. She also traveled all over Central and South America with Hugo for his work.

After being part of mission trips to Mexico, FiFi wrote, seeking appointment to the Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board), “The people are so thirsty for the word of God. They respond so much to the witnessing that it is greatly encouraging to work with them. I have never felt happier than when I am working for Him and want to spend the rest of my life working in the harvest of the Lord. I pray that He will grant me this privilege.”

In 1986, the Foreign Mission Board appointed FiFi and Hugo missionaries to Mexico. They served with the IMB for 17 years.

FiFi is preceded in death by husband, Hugo.

She is survived by daughter, Adriana (Matthew) Stanley; her son, Hugo (Sabrina) Torres Gomez; two granddaughters; and five great grandsons.

A funeral service was held June 30, at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winterhaven, Florida, with burial in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park, Ohio.

Read an obituary here.