Phyllis (Spalding) Dillon, 78, of Yakima passed away Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Garden Village in Yakima.

She was born May 27, 1925 in Yakima to George and Elizabeth (Nelson) Matsen. She received her early education in Bickleton, later graduating from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1943. Phyllis continued her education in Missouri, attending Stephens College and later attended Washington State College in Pullman, graduating with a degree in child development.

On Aug. 25, 1946 she married James Spalding in Yakima. Together they made their home in Wapato for a few years, later moving to Bickleton, where they farmed. On Sept. 9, 1985 James M. Spalding passed away. Phyllis continued to make her home in Bickleton. On June 3, 1988 she married Don Carlos Dillon in Yakima. She made Yakima her home until the time of her death.

Phyllis enjoyed knitting, canning, picking buttercups, wild flowers and blackberries in the spring. She also loved world travel and trips to Seaside, Ore. She cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Phyllis was a member of the Bickleton Presbyterian Church and Alder Creek Rebekah Lodge #80.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, Don Carlos Dillon of Yakima; one daughter, Mrs. Jack (Jeanine) L. Markle of Seattle; four sons, James S. Spalding and wife, Patty, of Anchorage, Alaska, John M. Spalding of White City, Ore., Mat Spalding and wife, Julie, of Bickleton and Daniel R. Spalding and wife, Kara, of Redmond; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at 11 a.m. at Bickleton Presbyterian Church, Bickleton, with burial to follow at the Bickleton IOOF Cemetery. Those wishing to honor her memory may contribute to the James M. Spalding and Phyllis Spalding Dillon Memorial Scholarship Fund. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Alejandro “Alex” H. Hernandez, 63, of Mabton died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

He was born Oct. 27, 1940 in Edinburg, Texas, to Juaquin and Maria (Herrera) Hernandez. He received his early education in Texas. He later migrated from Texas to Washington and back for seasonal work. In September of 1962 he married Genoveva C. Cervantes in Grandview. Together they made their home in Mabton. He drove trucks for Simpson Brothers Farms for many years. He later purchased his own truck and hauled for Wycoff Farms in Grandview.

Alex enjoyed watching old western movies and was happiest when he was driving truck. Alex cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by one daughter, Nora Lynne Barrera and husband, Jose, of Grandview; three grandchildren, A.J., Cassie and Nettie; three brothers, Noe Hernandez and wife, Herminia, of Granger, Joaquin Hernandez and wife, Estella, of Orange Grove, Calif. and Samuel Hernandez of Yakima; and five sisters, Noemi Gonzalez and her late husband, Ramiro, Baudelia Alaniz and her late husband, Jesus, Maria Letticia Almaguer, all of Mabton, Oralia Gutierrez and husband, Santana, of Stevenson, Calif. and Elida Hernandez and husband, Alvaro, of Rome, Italy; and one sister-in-law, Hortencia Hernandez, wife, of the late Israel Hernandez, of Grandview.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Genoveva C. Hernandez; one son, Dave Hernandez; five brothers; and two sisters.

A memorial mass will be held Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at 7 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.


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