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Obituaries

DIANNA RICHEY BURTON

DIANNA RICHEY BURTON

Dianna Burton, 57, of Sumner passed away Sunday, May 23, 2004, after a strong 14-month battle with ovarian cancer.

Dianna was born May 24, 1947 in Sunnyside. Dianna was a graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a BA in home economics education and taught for 18 years in the Auburn School District and spent her last 12 years at White River High School in Buckley. Teaching was one of the most important aspects of her life and she touched the lives and hearts of so many in her 30 years as an educator.

Dianna was a member of the National Ski Patrol, where she volunteered for 28 years. She was a duty patrol leader, training director and earned National Number 5975. She received numerous awards throughout her career and was most recently awarded the 2004 Most Inspirational Award by her Snoqualmie Pass Ski Patrol family.

Dianna’s greatest joy in life was her family. She was an extremely loving grandmother, mother, sister, daughter and wife. Dianna was loved by all because of her pure and sincere love that she unselfishly gave to everyone. She will be greatly missed by those whose lives she touched over the past 57 years.

She was the loving wife of James H. Burton for 29 years and resided on Lake Tapps in Sumner. She was the loving mother of Joelle (Pope) Hildner of Hillsboro, Ore. and the grandmother of two beautiful grandsons, Chase and Elliot. Dianna is also survived by her mother, Mrs. Margaret Morgan of Yakima; and two sisters, Tish Cooper of Yakima and Velva Myers of Aloha, Ore.

A remembrance and celebration of life will be held Friday, May 28, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Sumner Presbyterian Church, 1915 Washington Street, Sumner.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Dianna’s honor to the American Cancer Society.

SEVERIANO RODRIQUEZ JR.

Severiano “Chico” Rodriquez Jr., 36, of Yakima died suddenly in an accident while on a fishing trip with friends at Wind River on Monday, May 24, 2004. He is remembered by his many loved ones and friends as being a loving husband, father, son and loyal friend. The loss of his presence will be deeply felt by the many who knew and loved him. He will forever be in our hearts for the love that he shared with us.

Chico was born in Sunnyside Sept. 15, 1967 to Chico Rodriquez and Lia Rodriquez. He was educated in Sunnyside and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1986. He spent most of his adult life living and working in the Yakima Valley, finally moving to Yakima in 1996, where he met, fell in love and married Kerrie Cavaness March 18, 2000. Chico and Kerrie have two children, daughter, Sophia Marie, age 3, and son, Stevan Richard, age 1. Kerrie, Sophia and Stevan were the joy and inspiration of his life.

He was the beloved son of Chico Rodriquez Sr. and Lia Rodriquez. He had a bond with his father in which neither had to say a word for them to understand the love they had for each other. The love they had for each other was special and one shared only between a father and a son. His dear mother remained a constant support in his life and the lives of his children with her love, time and energy. Their love will remain until they are together with the Lord.

His family and friends were a constant source of love and companionship to him. He loved to organize and get a group together to celebrate any occasion, big or small, real or imagined and he would ensure that all felt welcome. His hospitality and generosity were experienced by all, often times expressed with shared meals, stories, jokes, some practical and some not so practical. His family was so dear to him that he would protect and provide for them no matter what.

Chico began working in the auto industry in July 1996. He found this to be a natural gift and through hard work and dedication he found much success. During his auto sales career he won many prestigious awards, including two salesman of the year awards. He was most proud of his recent promotion as new car sales manager at Bob Hall’s Honda GMC and he dearly loved the people he worked with.

He loved to host fishing trips and took great joy in taking care of everyone’s needs: providing rod, reel, bait, and lures and even baiting your hook and casting for you if you didn’t know how. He would patiently guide the less experienced through landing their first steelhead, salmon or sturgeon. Nobody was more pleased when the first timer landed their first fish than Chico. He was content with life when he was fishing with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kerrie, and their children, Sophia and Stevan; his son, Tristan Trudeau; father, Chico and Fedelina Rodriquez and their children; mother, Lia Rodriquez and Rex Frazier; grandparents Ramon Rodriquez and Jesus and Hermina Villarreal; his extended family, including 26 uncles and aunts and 85 cousins. Many of his cousins were like his brothers and sisters. He also had innumerable close friends, all of which were a constant source of his strength.

Life was not always easy or tranquil for Chico. He was visited by too many tragedies in his short life. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stevan, whom he missed dearly. Also preceding him in death were his best friend and cousin, John Kranz, his step-brother, Daniel Palomino, cousin, Joey Gaitan; and grandmother, Martina Rodriquez.

In lieu of flowers, an education fund has been established for the children at Keith and Keith Funeral Home, Yakima, in the name of Kerrie Rodriquez.

We love you so much Chico and because you loved us so deeply, our lives will be changed now that you are gone from us. We look forward to being reunited with you and will miss you until then.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 28, 2004, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 12

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and Chestnut, Yakima.

Keith and Keith Funeral Home, Yakima, is in charge of arrangements.

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