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Maria Milanez, 73, of Sunnyside died Monday, May 17, 2004, at her daughter’s home in Sunnyside.

She was born May 3, 1931 in Michoacan, Mexico to Librado and Beatrice Diaz Milanez. She came to the Yakima Valley in 1995.

She is survived by her husband, Elpidio Valancia of Sunnyside; one daughter, Canderia Gonzalez of Sunnyside; two brothers, Librado and Perfecto Milanez; four sisters, Petra Milanez, Maria Milanez, Esperanza Milanez and Rosario Milanez; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home Chapel, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside. Interment will follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Services are under the direction of Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside.


Stephen Marquis Honey, 56, of Sunnyside died Saturday, May 15, 2004, at Seattle Veteran’s Hospital in Seattle, due to complications with pneumonia.

Stephen was born Nov. 13, 1947 in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Lloyd and Yvonne Honey. He received his early education in Seattle and later in Sunnyside. He graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1967. Following graduation he attended Spokane Falls College. Stephen worked on the Honey family theatre business throughout high school and up until he enlisted in the U.S. Army on Aug. 26, 1968. He was part of the 4th Battalion U.S. Army Aviation School Brigade. He served in Vietnam from February 1969 through October 1970. He received several commendations for his service in the U.S. Army.

Upon his return he continued to work in the family business, both in Sunnyside and the Tri-Cities. He later moved to Palm Springs, Calif., where his daughter, Brandi, was born.

Brandi was the one bright light in his life. Upon their return to Sunnyside, Stephen was employed by Yakima Bait Co. in Granger for many years, leaving due to health issues.

Stephen was an active member of the Sunnyside VFW, helping with their functions and fund-raisers. He enjoyed visiting with his many friends at the VFW. Brandi and her dad had many memorable fun-filled camping trips with friends.

Stephen’s greatest joy was spending time with Brandi, and the birth of his granddaughter, Kadi.

Stephen is survived by his daughter, Brandi Honey Porter (Bryan); his granddaughter, Kaydience Porter; three sisters, Judy Rieber (Steve) of Vancouver, Yvonne Sikes (Jerry), and Toni Morrow (Barry) all of Sunnyside; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Yvonne Honey.

Memorial funeral services will be held Friday, May 21, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Sunnyside. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be sent to the Sunnyside VFW War Memorial Fund.


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