Active Duluth Community Member Elizabeth Gomer Dies

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Durbin Keeney

Gomer Family

November 5, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) --- Elizabeth Gomer, an active Duluth community member and wife of a Tuskeegee Airman has died.

Elizabeth died of cancer early Sunday at the age of 87.

She was the wife of Joe Gomer, one of the first black pilots in the Air Force.

Elizabeth served as local president of the League of Women Voters, and Duluth's city charter commission.

She was also a member of the Women's Institute and was actively involved with Piedmont Heights Girls Scouts and the Hillside United Methodist Church.

Those who knew her said she was a strong, bright and compassionate woman, attributes friends say she used to advance the causes of the civil rights movement.

"Liz was a wonderful person, in so far as she showed us that blacks were just as able to do things as whites," Mary Evans, a former member of the League of Women Voters said.

Elizabeth won her first fight with cancer and was clear of the disease for 25 years.

But a new type of cancer emerged in recent years.