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DON M

DON M. DARLING

Don M. Darling, 55, of Manteca, Calif. and a native of Sunnyside died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004.

He was born Oct. 16, 1948, the son of Leroy and Frances Darling. He was raised in Manteca and graduated from Manteca High School. He was a teacher at East Union High School and also taught in Texas and New Mexico.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Darling of Texas; his children, Melinda Eihlers of Albany, Ore., Michael Darling of Riverbank, Jessica Darling-Ortega of Redding, Jennifer Darling of Modesto and Army Pfc. Jeffrey Darling; his mother, Frances Darling of Manteca; two brothers, Leroy Darling Jr. and Teddie Darling, both of Manteca; two sisters, Brenda Crockett and Suzanne Darling, both of Manteca; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Darling Sr.; and one brother.

A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at 4 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church with a private burial. P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home, Manteca, Calif., was in charge of arrangements.

ERNESTINA PEREZ CARDENAS

Ernestina (Tina) Perez Cardenas, 68, of Grandview went to be in the arms of her Heavenly Father Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2004, surrounded by family.

Tina was born on Nov. 8, 1935 in Edinburg, Texas, the daughter of Juanita (Partida) and Santiago Perez.

She received her education in Texas and in the 1950s moved to the Yakima Valley.

On Nov. 11, 1961 she married Roberto Cardenas in Grandview. The family made their home in Quincy before settling in Grandview in 1961.

Tina worked in agricultural fields and later was employed with the Grandview School District, in the food service program for 26 years. Her husband, Roberto, passed away in 1999. Tina continued to make Grandview her home until the time of her death.

She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and the Guadalupano Guild.

Tina loved her job and the friends she made there. She also cherished time spent with her grandchildren and working in her flower garden. She had many special memories and traditions with her sisters, such as going to church and yard sales, making tamales, and time spent with each other.

She will be remembered as being compassionate and offering comfort and counsel to those around her. Tina’s most joyous moments were family gatherings and celebrations, where she was surrounded by those she loved. She will be dearly missed by all.

Tina is survived by her three children, Juanita Cardenas and Robert Cardenas Jr., both of Grandview and Alberto Cardenas and wife, Stephanie, of Moses Lake; seven grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew, Robert Jr. III, Mikaela, Alberto Jr., Chloe and Carla; four brothers, Tomas Perez, Max Perez, Jose Perez and wife, Josie, all of Grandview and Santiago Perez Jr. and wife, Paula, of Spokane; four sisters, Concepcion Garza, Manuela Ortiz, Inocencia Sanchez and husband, Andy, all of Grandview, and Vicky Garcia and husband, Hermilo, of Toppenish; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Roberto.

“My life’s been full, I savored much, Good children, Good friends, Good times, a loved one’s touch.”

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Grandview.

Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers those wishing to honor Tina’s memory may contribute to the Lower Valley Hospice or American Cancer Society.

Smith Funeral Home, Grandview, is in charge of arrangements.

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