Tonie Tabares, 78, of Sunnyside died Monday, May 23, 2005, at Yakima Regional Hospital.

Tonie was born in Manzanola, Colo. in 1926. She spent her early years in Manzanola. In 1946, she married Pete Tabares. He was her world. Tonie took care of Pete until he passed away. In 1946, they moved to Sunnyside, where they made their home with their family until the time of her death. Tonie worked hard all her life.

She was the best wife-precious mother and loving grandmother and great-grandmother. Tonie and Pete decided to farm and raise their children on the farm. Tonie and Pete farmed for 31 years. Pete did lots of custom work while Tonie did all the book work.

Tonie loved farming, yard work and gardening, but her favorite time was being with her children. She gave them all her “Love.” She appreciated every day that God gave her on this earth.

Tonie and Pete were some of the first Hispanic pioneer families in Sunnyside in 1946. Mom always stopped to smell the roses. She never took life for granted.

Tonie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. She attended regularly until her illness prevented her from leaving home, but she always had her deep faith.

Tonie will be loved and missed by her family, friends and many others.

Tonie is survived by three daughters, Delores Elizabeth Charvet, her guardian angel, from Grandview, Ramona Beltran of Toppenish and Victoria Perez of Pasco; two sons, Art Tabares of Grandview, and David Tabares of Sunnyside; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete V. Tabares Sr.; one son, Pete V. Tabares Jr.; and grandson, Gregory Tabares.

Viewing will be held Thursday, May 26, 2005 and Friday, May 27, 2005, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, May 30, 2005, at 3 p.m. with a Rosary to follow at 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, where she will be laid to rest, in peace, with God and her beloved husband, Pete Tabares Sr. of 55 years of marriage. Any donations may be left with Valley Hills Funeral Home or with the family. Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.


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