Helen Virginia Reimer, 93, of Washougal and a former Sunnyside resident died Friday, Aug. 12, 2005.

She was born May 10, 1912.

She worked as a public school teacher before she retired.

She is survived by her son, Robert Reimer and wife, Susan, of Evans, Ga.; one daughter, Sally Luse and husband, David, of Camas; three sisters, Margaret Jepson of Bellingham, Dorothy Sloan of Long Island, N.Y. and Jean Mackenzie of Seal Beach, Calif.; and four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Reimer, in 2000; one daughter, Sue Ellen Reimer, one brother, Kern Grimes; and a sister, Ruth Schindeldecker.

There was a celebration of life service for Mrs. Reimer Sunday, Aug. 14, 2005.

Brown’s Funeral Home in Camas was entrusted with arrangements.


Manuela “Nellie” Gomez, 80, a long-time Mabton resident, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, at her daughter’s home surrounded by her family.

Nellie was born Dec. 2, 1924 in Pueblo, Colo., the daughter of Dolores and Florencia (Leon) Hernandez. She received her education in Colorado.

In 1938 she married Jose DeLeon in Colorado.

The DeLeon family moved to Washington. On Sept. 23, 1953 she married Jose A. Gomez in Moses Lake. Following their marriage they moved to Prosser, where they lived before moving to Mabton in 1977.

Her husband, Jose, passed away in March of 1993 and Nellie continued to make her home in Mabton until the time of her death.

She was a past member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser. Nellie enjoyed shopping for her grandchildren, caring for her animals, including her canine companion Peanut, and working in her garden.

She is survived by 11 children, Robert DeLeon and wife, Lupe, Joe DeLeon Jr. and wife, Glenna, Carlos DeLeon and wife, Juanita, all of Nyssa, Ore., Leonard DeLeon of Kelso, Rosemary Castaneda and husband, Tim, of Yakima, Lupe Salazar and husband, Larry, of Granger, Joe A. Gomez Jr. and Rogelio Gomez, both of Mabton, Dorothy Torres and husband, Marcelino, of Sunnyside, Lorenzo Gomez of Bellingham and Sylvia Gomez of Yakima; and 58 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose A. Gomez; four sons; two brothers and four sisters; and four grandchildren.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside.

Burial will follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.


Miguel Angel Lua, 33, of Sunnyside died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, as a result of an automobile-train accident in Mabton.

Miguel was born May 24, 1972 in Colima, Mexico. He came to Sunnyside 13 years ago. At the time of his death he was working at Mercer Ranches as a fork lift operator.

He is survived by his wife, Maria Lua of Sunnyside; 2 daughters,     Anna Caren Lua and Bandelia Lua, both of Sunnyside; 2 brothers, Victor Lua of Mabton and Salvador Lua of Sunnyside; and a sister, Mercedes Lua of Sunnyside.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Recitation of the Rosary for Mr. Lua will be Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2005, at 7 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2005, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Sunnyside. An interment will follow in Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are under the direction of Valley Hills Funeral Home.


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