Rosa E. Leyva, 68, of San Antonio, Texas and a former Sunnyside resident died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005.

She was born July 21, 1936 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Cruz and Maria Leyva. She lived many years in Sunnyside, before moving to Eagle Pass, Texas.

She is survived by three daughters, Nora of Houston, Texas, Helen (Jose) Avina of Phoenix, Ariz. and Mary (Steve) Manzanares; three sons, John Hernandez and Ben (Monica) Hernandez, all of Houston and Alfredo Hernandez of Seattle; three sisters, Santa Alvarado of Moses Lake, Gloria (Jesus) Marroquinn of Sunnyside and Veronica Leyva of Tri-Cities; two brothers, Miguel (Mary) Leyva of Outlook and Gilberto (Marta) Leyva of Othello; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delfino Hernandez, and one son, Eloy.

Viewing will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2005, from 1 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Sunnyside. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mabton. Burial will follow at Mabton Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside.


Steven M. Kearney, 49, of Blanchard, Idaho and a former Sunnyside resident died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, at Kootenai Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 3, 1955 in Sunnyside.

Steve had worked at various jobs in Washington, mainly at James River in Sunnyside and Independent Food Processing. In recent years, he worked at Stattford Homes in Rathdrum, Idaho, as a carpenter, a job he loved. He also worked for Flowers Construction in Rathdrum.

Steve was a simple man who enjoyed his own little place in Blanchard, where he had lived for 14 years.

Steve is survived by his parents, Ken and Shirley Kearney of Sunnyside; sisters, Colleen Flowers (Jerry) and niece, Hillary Flowers; Marcy Firestone (Dale) and nephews, Tristan and Cavin Firestone, Lory Kearney (Don Peterson), of Stevensville, Mont. and Josh Felker of Missoula, Mont., and Kay Kearney and nephews, Frank Kearney and Colton Presley, all of Sunnyside; his companion, Sue Taylor of Blanchard, Idaho and daughters, Christina and Michelle.

“We will miss this tall 6’ 5” sensitive, joking person. Steve, we hope you are at peace,” your family.

A celebration of life was held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Sunnyside. Yates Funeral Home, Coeur d’ Alene Chapel, was in charge of local arrangements.


Arthur Walter Price, 86, of Outlook passed away Friday, Feb. 25, 2005, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Art was born Oct. 4, 1918 in Outlook, the son of Clinton and Aileen Price, a pioneer family who homesteaded in the Outlook area in 1903.

Art attended Independence School and Sunnyside High School. He took over operation of the family farm following the death of his father. He married Helen Martin on Nov. 1, 1941. Art and Helen began farming in 1943 on the Pipeline Road. In 1944, they moved to land located on the Price Road, which was named after his grandfather. Art retired from farming in 1985, but he and his wife remained on the farm until 2000, when they moved to Sunnyside.

Art raised a variety of crops, but his favorite crop was sugar beets. He particularly looked forward to the fall harvest.

Art was a member of the Washington Grape Grower’s Association and the Welch Grape Growers Association where he served as a committeeman. Art was also a member of Outlook Irrigation Board of Directors and the Farm Bureau.

Art and Helen worked with neighbors and the Yakima County Sheriff’s office to establish a citizen’s patrol during the 1970s and to assist law enforcement reduce home burglaries in the Outlook area. Art, a CB enthusiast, was known throughout the Valley as “Tractor Boy.”

In December of 1994, Art and Helen were honored along with Joe and Rose Sheppard as co-Grand Marshals, for the Sunnyside Country Christmas Lighted Implement Parade.

Art enjoyed farm life, but his family took priority as he always found time to support his kids in school and community activities. He was also a long-time supporter of the Outlook school.

Art cherished time with his family and he was happiest when grandchildren or great-grandchildren were visiting. He loved to tease, but expected it in return. Hunting was a very important part of his life. He also loved to fish, but he loved to visit with other fishermen even more. If he didn’t have a pole in his hand, you would find him talking to someone on the bank of a lake or in another boat on the water.

Art was best known for his integrity. A handshake meant more to him than a written contract. During Art’s recent illness, an extraordinary number of friends and community members contacted family to express their best wishes and to share their high regards for him.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen; his three children, Sandy and husband, Fred Dasenbrock, of Tyler, Texas, Don and wife, Bonnie Price of Ellensburg and Ron and wife, Jan Price of Sunnyside. He is also survived by siblings, Don Price of Seattle, Delta and husband, Dick Bootsma of Sunnyside and Nancy Newenhof of Astoria, Ore.; and six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, March 4, 2005 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 5, 2005, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 5, 2005, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations be made to Sunnyside Methodist Church or to Lower Valley Hospice Program.


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