Our Obituaries

Destiny Lou BRISBOIS

December 5, 1955 - January 19, 2017

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Destiny Lou BRISBOIS

December 5, 1995 - January 19, 2017

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Regina Ruth Garcia

March 5, 1955 - January 14, 2017

Regina Ruth (Olney) Garcia, age 61, of Wapato, WA passed away on January 14, 2017 at her home. She was born on March 5, 1955 to Marvin A. Olney and Ellen Ruth Adams in Santa Monica, CA. While living in Santa Monica Regina attended Catholic school with her sisters until she was 14 years old. In 1969 her father Marvin A. Olney and her sisters Sonny Olney and Leah Marie Olney-Rodriguez all moved to...
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Joe Eulelio Rocha

December 10, 1924 - January 13, 2017

Born in Trinidad, Colorado on December 10th 1924 to Pally Rocha and his father Juan Rocha, Joe lived there till the age of 5 and moved with family to Sidney, Montana, later to Casper, Wyoming, where he started school. He finished his education in Harding, Montana when his father was killed in an accident and he went back to work on their ranch in Douglas, Wyoming and care for his mother, 4...
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Lawrence Larry WESLEY

June 25, 1935 - January 3, 2017

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Juanita Villanueva SANCHEZ

June 16, 1938 - January 1, 2017

Juanita Villanueva SanchezJuanita was born Juana Ayala Villanueva on June 16, 1938, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to Celestino and Eva Villanueva. She was the first born of 12 children and grew up in a close family raised with love, hard work, and a devotion to God. She was raised in Monterrey as a young child, where she was an excellent student and enjoyed school and her teachers. She...
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Cleveland Barry Jackson

January 12, 1948 - December 20, 2016

Cleveland "Porky" Jackson born 1/12/1948, passed away on 12/20/2016 at the age of 68. Cleveland was preceded in death by his father Raymond Eugene Jackson of the Quinault nation, his mother Leona Irene Settler of the Yakama nation, his brother Roger, and his sister Lisa.He is survived by his siblings, Janet, Robert, Tammy, and Michael; his children, Jarrod, Jeremiah, Shalome, and Caleb, six...
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Andre'a Chenae Bennett-Dave

July 1, 1991 - December 19, 2016

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David Paul Blodgett

August 13, 1934 - December 17, 2016

Yakima - David Paul Blodgett, Sr. of Wapato, WA born August 13, 1934 in Medicine Valley, a place he always considered home, passed away on December 17, 2016. David, an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, served in the Air Force after graduating from White Swan High School as a four-year, four-sport letterman. He attended Perry Trade in Yakima and Los Angeles Trade to become a body and fender...
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Jeanette Beatrice Eyle

April 11, 1933 - December 15, 2016

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Salvador Alaniz DEPAZ

November 8, 1929 - December 7, 2016

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Rebecca Saluskin GUYE

October 15, 1949 - December 6, 2016

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Luther T. STEPHENS

May 15, 1925 - November 7, 2016

Luther Thomas Stephens peacefully passed into eternity on Monday, November 7th, 2016, after spending a weekend surrounded by family sharing memories and saying goodbyes. He was born in Barren County, Kentucky on May 15th, 1925, to Bedford George and Laura Alice Stephens. As a young man, he enlisted in the Navy, which took him to Klamath Falls, Oregon. It was there that he met the love of his life...
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Teresa FERGUSON

January 23, 1940 - October 27, 2016

Teresa Ferguson (Hauck), age 76, was born 23 January, 1940 in Toppenish, WA to Leo and Betty Hauck. Teresa graduated from White Swan High School as Valedictorian, later attending Yakima Valley College. Teresa passed away at her home on 27 October, 2016. She was married to Wes Ferguson on 5 December 1959. They traveled to Turkey and many other countries in the Middle East as he fulfilled his...
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Daniel RUIZ

July 20, 1991 - October 26, 2016

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Charles Christopher Martinez

June 23, 1944 - October 24, 2016

Charles Christopher Martinez, 72, passed away on Monday, October 24, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on June 23, 1944 in Seattle, WA to Bennie and Lynma (Smith) Martinez.Charles grew up and received his education in White Swan, WA on the Yakama Reservation. He went on to work in various occupations throughout his life which included logger, cook, custodian, truck driver and his...
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Gerald Dee King

May 26, 1945 - October 19, 2016

Gerald D. King, age 71, passed away October 19, 2016 in Yakima, WA. He was born on May 26, 1945 to loving parents Mervin Oliver and Evelyn Jane Putman King in Yakima, WA. Gerald grew up in Wapato, WA and graduated from Wapato High School. Then at the age of 14 he worked for King Well Drilling for a number of years. Then he went to Walla Walla, WA and worked for Harold's Electric during the day...
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Julia Jo Smith

November 18, 1930 - October 4, 2016

Judy (Julia) Smithwick Smith, age 85, passed away October 4th, 2016 in Pullman, WA.Judy was born November 18, 1930 in Midvale, ID to Malvern H and Bessie M Smithwick. Judy graduated from Wapato High School with the class of 1948. She attended the University of Washington where she married Dean C Smith. After Dean graduated from law school, they moved to Yakima where Dean began his practice with...
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Betty Louise Scott

June 18, 1928 - September 24, 2016

Betty Louise (Russell) Scott, 88, passed away on September 24, 2016 in Yakima. Betty was born June 18, 1928 to Joseph and Florence Russell in Ponca City, Oklahoma. She married Bernard Roland Scott on June 7, 1944 in Winfield, Kansas. Bernard and Betty spent 71 wonderful years building a home and family in White Swan together. Mom loved her three children, five grandchildren, and nine great...
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Mike Samudio

February 6, 1926 - September 18, 2016

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Carmen Gutierrez Estrada

January 10, 1923 - September 13, 2016

Carmen Gutierrez Estrada, age 93, went to be with her Lord on September 13, 2016 surrounded her loving Family. She was born January 10, 1923 to loving parents Meliton and Socorro Cuellar Gutierrez in Clint, Texas.When Carmen was very young her family left Clint, TX. and moved to Montana for a short time then Moved to Worland, WY. where she started school. During this time she met Alex and they...
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O'Neil Henry Douglas

June 1, 1937 - September 11, 2016

O'Neil (Neil) Henry Douglas, age 79, passed away of natural causes at home surrounded by his loved ones on September 11, 2016. Neil was born in Hastings, Nebraska on June 1, 1937 to Robert and Esther Douglas. He moved to the Yakima Valley with his family as a young child. Neil spent most of his life working as an automotive mechanic. He worked his early years at Barron's auto wrecking....
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Michael Loren TRUEX

February 3, 1962 - August 27, 2016

Michael Loren Truex, age 54, went to his final resting place on August 27, 2016 after a short battle with a heart condition. He was born on February 3, 1962 in Tucson, AZ. to his loving parents Newell Ivan Truex and Naomi Ruth Hofferth. He graduated high school "by the skin on his teeth" as his mom would say. Michael had many job experiences such as working for Leo Gasoline and Sons (where he had...
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Antonio Vargas Cordova

June 13, 1932 - August 27, 2016

Antonio Vargas Cordova, 84, went home to his Lord and Savior Saturday, August 27, 2016. Antonio was born in Knippa, Texas on June 13, 1932 to his parents Francisco and Antonia Cordova. He was the 4th child of 20. Antonio lived in Uvalde, Texas until 1947 and then moved to the Harrah/Wapato area where he made his permanent home. Antonio was happily married to his wife Lupe for 51 years. They were...
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Pauline Teresa Brice

April 2, 1969 - August 21, 2016

Pauline Brice, age 47, passed away on August 21, 2016 in Tacoma, WA. with the love of her family around her. She was born to loving parents Paul Brice and R. Nena Garcia in Seattle, WA. on April 2, 1969. Pauline was raised with her siblings in the lower valley and attended Wapato High School. Following the birth of her first son Andrew she moved to Eloy, Arizona where she spent numerous years and...
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Carroll Eugene Palmer

February 13, 1946 - August 3, 2016

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Desilu Thurelia Smiscon

January 26, 1956 - August 3, 2016

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Mario Torres

February 25, 1978 - July 31, 2016

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Eugene Gunnyon

November 1, 1931 - July 28, 2016

No obituary to be publishedArrangements under the direction of Merritt Funeral Home, Wapato, WA.
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Leah M. Rodriguez

March 27, 1957 - July 26, 2016

Leah Marie Olney-Rodriguez, age 59, of Yakima, WA passed away on July 26, 2016 at Cottage in the Meadow surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on March 27, 1957 to Marvin A. Olney and Ellen Ruth Adam at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, CA.While living in Santa Monica, CA she attended catholic school, along with her sisters, until she was 12 years old. In 1969 her father Marvin A. Olney,...
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Rebecca Mae Pickett

January 30, 1930 - July 19, 2016

Merritt Funeral HomeRebecca's earthly journey came to an end on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Today she is rejoicing with her husband, Carl, in the presence of their Heavenly Father.Rebecca was born in Colville, WA, on January 30, 1928, to George and Eva (Patton) Rockwell. Harrah, WA was where she spent the majority of her life. She attended Mountain View Elementary and White Swan High School,...
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Betty Lou Reed

December 18, 1937 - July 18, 2016

Betty Lou (Martin) Reed, 78, passed away July 18, 2016 at her home in Yakima.Betty was born during a snowstorm in Easton, WA on December 18, 1937 to Bessie H. (Healy) and Lewis W. Martin. Her family eventually moved to and settled in Wapato. She turned 17 halfway through her senior year at Wapato High, and graduated with a 3.5 GPA from Wapato High School.Mom loved her three children fiercely, and...
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Dave Charles Dogsleep

December 12, 1962 - July 12, 2016

David "Horn Child" Charles Dogsleep was born December 12, 1962 in Tacoma, WA.David was raised in Tukwila and Seattle and performed in the Northwest Intertribal Club in his youth. He graduated from Wapato High School in 1980. He then attended Haskell, studied drafting/engineering, SIPI and YVCC. David was currently employed with the Wapato Irrigation Project as a Water Master, a position he held...
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Florence Lucei

March 15, 1941 - June 6, 2016

IN LOVING MEMORY OF FLORENCE 'LIZ' LUCEIFlorence 'Liz' Lucei, of Toppenish, took flight to the heavens to be with her Creator Monday June 6, 2016. Liz entered this world March 15, 1941 in White Swan, WA, born to Robert Lucei and Edna Andy. She was a proud member of the Yakama Nation and a respected traditional basket weaver.For many years Liz dutifully kept the ranks at Yakama Nation Cultural...
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Tracie Rojas

January 16, 1971 - May 31, 2016

Tracie Lynn Rojas, 45, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Tracie was born January 16, 1971 in Yakima, WA. She was adopted into the Mata family when she was very young. Tracie was a loving mother, wife, sister, aunt and grandmother. Tracie was known as a kind and loving person by all those who knew her and she will be greatly missed. She loved her...
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Tarrel Jay Williams

August 12, 1999 - May 27, 2016

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Ema Jean Collins

January 22, 1968 - May 25, 2016

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Daniel Farias Ramirez

April 6, 1970 - May 22, 2016

Daniel F. Ramirez was called home to our Lord on May 22, 2016. He was born on April 6, 1970 to Salvador Ramirez A. and Maria Elena Farias Vaca. He was a loving husband and father to his wife, Alma A. Ramirez Garza and to his children, Andrea G. Ramirez and Daniel M. Ramirez.Daniel is survived by his parents and his siblings, Felimon, Ana, Salvador, Teodora, Yolanda, Maria Ines and Juan Pablo...
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Uriana Rosa Cueva

April 12, 2015 - May 11, 2016

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Lorinda S. Amboh

August 27, 1985 - May 7, 2016

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Mateo Duran Cornejo

September 28, 1930 - May 5, 2016

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Karen L. Townsend

March 2, 1943 - April 27, 2016

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Robert Carl Schibig

November 22, 1927 - April 27, 2016

Robert C. Schibig, 88, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 while surrounded by family. Robert was born in Yakima and grew up in Wapato. He retired from Inland Fruit after 32 years of work in refrigeration, while he also farmed his 20+ acre farm in Wapato. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed many fishing trips with family and friends over the years. He was married for...
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Elnora Lurene Turner

November 10, 1938 - April 24, 2016

Merritt Funeral HomeElnora L. Turner, 77, of Gleed, passed away peacefully April 24, 2016 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital.Elnora was born November 10, 1938 in Wapato, Washington to Irma and Rollo Goldsmith. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and arts and looked forward to her Tuesday ladies knitting group at North Star. Elnora loved and enjoyed surrounding herself with her family and passing...
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Juana Geronimo

January 4, 1914 - April 17, 2016

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Kathy Jo Rojas

February 2, 1971 - April 12, 2016

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Gerald Edward Graham

May 11, 1949 - April 12, 2016

Jerry Graham, 66, born May 11, 1949, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2016 at Emerald Care Nursing Facility in Wapato, WA. Jerry has gone to join his parents Glen and Annabelle Graham. Jerry attended Wapato High School until his automobile accident on August 16, 1966. After Jerry's accident, his parents lovingly cared for him for 43 years. He was a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic...
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Patricia Castle

September 19, 1934 - April 9, 2016

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Jeannie Estelle McDowell

December 28, 1927 - April 2, 2016

Harrah, WA - Jeannie would like to let you know that her work here is done. She received a call, a sort of an offer you can't refuse, for an appointment from which she will not be returning. This assignment comes with a huge sign-on bonus, a reunion with her husband since 1950 Orval, her daughter Donna, and family and friends she has not seen in a long time. Job security is exactly 110 percent...
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Mary Esther Collins

April 12, 1942 - March 28, 2016

Mary E. Collins, 73, passed away on March 28, 2016 in Seattle, WA. She was born on April 12, 1942 in Stockton, CA to Dillard Samuel and Ellen Frances (Hall) Weatherman.Mary received her early education in Sacramento, CA. She went on to marry the love of her life Mr. David Collins on February 22, 1958 in Reno, NV. In 1976, Mary and David relocated from Grass Valley, CA to the Yakima Valley where...
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Ray Hernandez

November 28, 1967 - March 27, 2016

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Macario Mora Martinez

March 24, 1936 - March 22, 2016

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Loren Dan Drain

June 23, 1941 - March 21, 2016

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Manuela L. Paganelli

November 28, 1940 - March 16, 2016

Manuela Lydia Ju Gutierrez Diaz Paganelli, born in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico on November 28th, 1940 to Argelia Ju Gutierrez and Antonio Ju Otero, died at home on March 16th, 2016 surrounded by her family. Manuela came to the United States as a nanny for Hub Kittle in 1956 where she met Louis Diaz. They were married and raised four children in Wapato. Although they later divorced, they remained...
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Pearl E. Trainer

December 10, 1936 - March 15, 2016

Pearl E. Trainer, 79, passed away on March 15, 2016 at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. Pearl was born on December 10, 1936 to Myria and Ernest McMillin. She graduated from Wapato High School and lived her life to the fullest as a true "Wapato Girl". Pearl was known as a...
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Charlotte Ann Sanchey

July 26, 1934 - March 5, 2016

Charlotte Ann (Gilroy) Sanchey of Klickitat, WA, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2016, in her home. She was born on July 26, 1934, to Leo and Glendora (Cook) Gilroy, in Spaulding, Nebraska and eight years later they moved to the Yakima Valley. She graduated from White Swan High School in 1954 and completed beauty school in 1955. Shortly after, on February 14, 1956 Charlotte married her love,...
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Benjamin Devis Garcia

May 12, 1936 - February 23, 2016

BENJAMIN DEVIS GARCIA Benjamin Devis Garcia, 79, of Wapato died peacefully at his home on February 23, 2016 after a two year- long battle with cancer. He was born May 12, 1936 in Sta. Maria, lIocos Sur, Philippines to Maximo and Petra Devis Garcia. Mr. Garcia farmed in the Wapato area (The Garcia Farms) for many years from 1969 to 2014. Mr. Garcia's survivors include a wife of 59 years of...
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Alveda Jane Hansen

April 23, 1957 - February 20, 2016

Alveda Jane Hansen, 58, of Wapato, entered into eternal rest surrounded by her loving family and friends on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Alveda was born in Toppenish, WA on April 23, 1957 to Louise and Joe Woods. Alveda was a proud member of the Yakama Nation and worked for the nation as an Administrative Assistant. She was a member of the Shaker Religion for over thirty years took great pride in...
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Solana G. Garza

June 24, 1929 - February 15, 2016

Solana G. Garza, 86 years of age, went home to be with the lord on Feb. 15, 2016 surrounded by her loved ones. Solana was born June 26, 1929 in Bishop, Texas, daughter to Juan Garza and Romana Vela. She was the sixth in her family of eight.On the 21st day of Dec. 1955 she married Isabel Soto Garza in Texas. Together they made a home in Wapato in the early 60's where they lived the rest of their...
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Carmen Jimenez Mancilla

August 11, 1944 - February 10, 2016

On February 10, 2016 our beloved Carmen went home to meet our creator surrounded by her family. Born August 11, 1944 in Toppenish, she and her family migrated from Eagle Pass, Texas where they worked and returned back to Wapato where they settled. She attended Wapato schools and graduated 1963. When she finished high school, she moved to Seattle and finished nursing school. She returned to Wapato...
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Geneva E. Brooks

January 31, 1919 - January 30, 2016

January 31, 1919 - January 30, 2016 (by Oklahoma time January 31st)Merritt Funeral HomeGeneva was born to Adam Dames and Bera Pearl Campbell in Ada, OK, the youngest of three. Even with very limited education she was an avid reader and self-taught businesswoman. After the death of her mother at a young age, she survived the Depression by babysitting and doing house and farm labor. She met her...
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Arturo Chavez

January 18, 2016 - January 27, 2016

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Marylou Alexina Broncheau

July 1, 1959 - January 24, 2016


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Kevin O'Dell Thompson

May 16, 1965 - January 14, 2016

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Rosanna Marie Yellowhair

June 1, 1946 - January 13, 2016

Rosanna "Tana" Marie Yellowhair, 69, passed away on January 13, 2016 in Yakima, WA. She was born on June 1, 1946 in St. Ignatius, MT to Alexander and Adeline (Joscum) Lozeau.Rosanna found the most joy out in field service working shoulder to shoulder with her brothers and sisters of the Wapato Congregation.She does not know the incredible void and sense of loss her passing has left her loved ones...
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Maria Hernandez

March 22, 1947 - January 8, 2016

Maria Hernandez, 68, of Wapato, lost her battle with breast cancer on Friday, January 8, 2016. Mom was born March 22, 1947 in Worland, WY to San-Juan and Polly Hernandez. Although born in Worland, WY, mom was a longtime resident of Wapato. Mom retired from Del Monte after 28 years of service. Mom loved spending time with family and friends. Just one step into her home and you were offered...
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Lupe Villegas

December 11, 1920 - January 7, 2016


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Viviano Ramirez

May 27, 1954 - January 1, 2016

Viviano Ramirez Jr., 61, passed away on January 1, 2016 at Yakima Regional Medical Center in Yakima, WA. He was born on May 27, 1954 in Raymondville, TX to Viviano and Anselma (Vasquez) Ramirez Sr.Viviano graduated from Wapato High School with the class of 1973. He married the love of his life Margarita Mendoza in 1974 and had just completed their 41st anniversary on October 2015.He loved...
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Salvador Nunez-Navarro

August 17, 1943 - December 27, 2015

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Blanca R. Gonzalez

July 9, 1954 - December 27, 2015


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Sapopan Alvarado

March 21, 1925 - December 19, 2015

Sapopan F. Alvarado 90, of Toppenish, passed away on December 19, 2015, in her home. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eloy and Consuelo Flores; two husbands, Leopoldo Gonzales Sr. and Juan Alvarado; three sisters, infant Maria Ignacia Flores, Juanita Rodriquez, Antonia Mercado; five brothers, infants Joe, Pedro, Conrad Flores Sr., Paul Flores Sr., and Raul Flores Sr. Mrs. Alvarado is...
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Larry Sullivan Strom

March 18, 1949 - December 19, 2015


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Celestine Harris

July 9, 1928 - December 17, 2015

Celestine Harris, 87, passed away at her home Thursday, December 17, 2015, in Yakima, WA. Celestine was born July 9, 1928, in Canton, MS to Josie and Emmett Johnson. Her family migrated from Louisiana to Las Vegas, NV in 1941. In 1948, her family moved to Toppenish, WA, where she met and married Ernest Harris, November 25, 1951. They raised seven children, Gwendolyn, Cheryl, Duane Curtis, Rick,...
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Kathryn M. O'Neal Corpuz

September 3, 1938 - December 4, 2015

Kathryn O'Neal Corpuz, age 77, passed away with family and friends at her side at the Cottage in the Meadow, Yakima, Washington, on December 4, 2015. Kathryn was born September 3, 1938 at Ft. Washakie, Wyoming, and was an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. She received her education at St. Stephens Catholic School in Riverton, Wyoming, Middle School in Chadron, Nebraska and completed...
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Juanita Miller Wallahee

November 28, 1923 - November 28, 2015

Juanita "Won" Miller Wallahee "Pápsiláw," 92, passed away at her Harrah home on Saturday, November 28, 2015. She was born in Toppenish on November 28, 1923.Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, Wheeler and Támý Miller; her husband, Leonard Wallahee; and eight of her children. She is survived by her brother, children and grandchildren.Dressing Services were held on...
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Candelario Aguilar

February 2, 1928 - November 27, 2015

Candelario "Pancho" Aguilar died peacefully at Harmony Care on November, 27, 2015, in Bellevue, Washington at the age of 87. Candelario is survived by his wife Soledad, their five children, Mary Bolen (Lee), Luis Aguilar (Tules), Josie Brogan, Joe Aguilar (Jennifer), and John Aguilar (Adele), thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and two sisters.Candelario was born on February 2,...
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Evelia B. Vasquez

November 12, 1937 - November 25, 2015

Evelia B. Vasquez began her journey to heaven on November 25th, 2015 surrounded by friends and family as God called her home. Born on November 12th, 1937 in Brownsville TX to Jose & Consuelo Benavidez. Later she met her soul mate Federico and in 1956 and they planted roots here in Parker WA. They raised 5 children together. Both Federico & Evelia worked in the agricultural area, and later...
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Earl John Menard

October 21, 1933 - November 23, 2015

Earl "Nibbs" Menard, 82, passed away on November 23, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. Nibbs was born on October 21, 1933 in Wapato to Margie and Archie Menard. Nibbs attended Wapato schools and graduated from Wapato High School in 1952. After high school he attended Yakima Valley Community College until 1953 when he enlisted in the Army and served proudly for 2 years stateside. He continued...
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Ralph Edward Canfield

January 28, 1930 - November 20, 2015

Merritt Funeral HomeRalph E. Canfield Jr. passed away on Friday, November 20, 2015 in Yakima and has went dancing with his wife Stella Canfield up in Heaven, who just passed on October 27, 2015. Now they are both out of pain, hopefully very happy. Ralph (Ned) was born in Tacoma, WA on January 28, 1930 and was a vet from the Korean War (Air Force). He worked mostly for Lockeed and Boeing. After...
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Darita Anne Nanamkin

December 2, 1970 - November 17, 2015

Darita Anne Nanamkin, 44, joined the Lord on November 17, 2015 in Yakima, WA. She was born on December 02, 1970 to Frank Smalleyes and Danita Nanamkin. Danita attended Yakima Schools and graduated from Davis High School.She is survived by her Companion: Tim Helms. Children: Cheyanne Jacqueline Helms and Chance Nanamkin. Sisters: Diane Sampson, Cynthia Ray, and Marlene Sweetgrass and Brother:...
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Angela Dacquel Arreola

May 24, 1916 - November 14, 2015

Angela Dacquel Arreola, 99 years old, beloved aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Emerald Care on Nov. 14, 2015.Auntie Angela was born to Casildo and Martha Dacquel in Santa Maria, Ilocos Sur, P.I. She graduated from Northern Christian College, Loag Ilocos Norte, in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation, Angela married...
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Esther Louise Mobley

December 16, 1932 - October 30, 2015

On October 30, 2015 Jesus came to walk Esther L. (Sanchez) Mobley, 82, home with him. Esther passed away surrounded by her family at Cottage In The Meadow in Yakima, WA. Esther was born in Wapato, WA on December 16, 1932 to Thelma and Andrew Sanchez.Momma lived most of her life in Wapato aside from the two years she followed her husband David to Southern California and Anchorage, Alaska...
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Ruben Joseph Ruiz

June 28, 1954 - October 30, 2015

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Frederick Remington Nightwalker II

June 2, 1972 - October 30, 2015

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Stella May Canfield

November 22, 1926 - October 27, 2015

Stella Mae Canfield left our world Tuesday morning to begin another journey with the Lord. Stella was a very amazing women. Loving and caring, she helped many. She left her life in Calif. to be near her two older brothers.Buying a place out in the country, one brother called it a "rock pile." She did different jobs, from Avon, banking, AAA salesman, then DSHS where she retired. She belonged to...
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Juventino Conejo-Pedraza

March 15, 1958 - October 24, 2015

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Peyton Garibay Young

October 21, 2015

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Carroll Eugene Palmer

May 17, 1967 - October 21, 2015

"Sonny" Carroll Eugene Palmer Jr., 48, passed away on October 21, 2015 in Yakima, WA. He was born on May 17, 1967 in Toppenish, WA to Carroll and Sandi (Sanchey) Palmer Sr. Sonny graduated from White Swan High School with the Class of 1985. He went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from University California Santa Barbara and a second Bachelor's degree in Chemical Dependency from...
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Richard Leo Castillo

January 13, 1975 - October 19, 2015


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Anna J. Salazar

July 25, 1922 - October 15, 2015

Rev. Anna Salazar, 93 of Wapato, took hold of the hand of Jesus on Thursday, October 15, 2015 surrounded by her family.Anna was a member of Templo Cristiano A/D for over 70 years and was a licensed minister for the Northwest Hispanic District. She dedicated her years in ministry to being a Missionette sponsor, Sunday Schoolteacher, and held several leadership roles in her local church and...
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Betty Della Sager

January 8, 1925 - October 14, 2015

Merritt Funeral HomeBetty Della Sager went to be with her Lord at the age of 90 on October 14, 2015.Betty was born January 8, 1925 in Wapato, WA to John and Della Chinn. She attended high school in Wapato and married Robert W. Sager on July 2, 1943. She was an active member in the Ashue Grange holding various positions of leadership including Master. She was also a committed member of the Royal...
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Maria Luisa Garza

October 22, 1960 - October 14, 2015


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Richard Ervin Hall

August 30, 1925 - October 11, 2015


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Elton Lloyd Gunnyon

June 10, 1954 - September 29, 2015

Elton Lloyd Gunnyon, 61, passed away at Providence Regional Hospital in Everett, WA September 29th 2015. He experienced a fall that lead to a brain hematoma. Elton graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1972. Attended University of Washington and drove a truck for Safeway for 30 years. He traveled the world to attend car racing events. He enjoyed camping, fishing, the great outdoors and...
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Antonio Contreras Castillo

August 24, 1936 - September 19, 2015

Tony Contreras Castillo, 79, of Wapato, WA crossed over and went fishing on the other side Saturday, September 19, 2015, surrounded by his loved ones.Tony was born in Forsyth, Montana, on August 24, 1936 to Lorenzo Castillo and Luciana Contreras. During his time here in the Yakima Valley, Tony spent a significant amount of time working in agriculture which he wholly enjoyed. During his free time,...
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Joseph Queahpama

December 25, 1981 - September 19, 2015

Our beloved Joseph Queahpama went to be with the Lord on September 19, 2015.Joseph was born on December 25, 1981 to Gaynell Queahpama and Melvin Lucei Sr. He was raised in the Yakima Valley.Joe loved fishing and hunting in the mountains. His favorite time, however, was spent with his children and family. He was a great dad and his children meant the world to him. Joseph was always talking about...
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Beverly Ann Dillman

December 11, 1930 - September 14, 2015

Beverly Ann Dillman, 84, of Wapato, WA passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015 at Apple Creek Family Living in Yakima. She was born on December 11, 1930 to Ralph and Ethel (Shumaker) Hanenkrat. She was raised in Sugarcreek, Ohio before moving with her family to Hanford and attending school in Benton County. Next stop was Sunnyside, WA. where her parents acquired a lounge and children's...
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Rose Marie Ashue

September 3, 1943 - September 3, 2015


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Donald Arthur Clark

January 31, 1931 - August 30, 2015


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Provie M. Benedicto

June 9, 1924 - August 29, 2015

Providencia Magdelena (Torres Benitez) Benedicto was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico to Inocencia (Benitez) and Juan E. Torres on June 9, 1924. Our beautiful mother passed away in Yakima on August 29, 2015, at the age of 91, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. She, along with her brothers and sisters, enjoyed a tropical and loving childhood in Puerto Rico. Then, during World War II her...
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