Elvia Farias, 54, of Sunnyside died Thursday, May 26, 2005, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

She was born Jan. 2, 1951 in Irapuato, Mexico to Jose Manuel and Ermelinda (Ventura) Rios. She received her education in Mexico. She moved to Sunnyside in 1974. She married Fernando S. Farias on Aug. 4, 1979 in Sunnyside.

She is survived by her husband, Fernando S. Farias of Sunnyside; a son, Joel Rios of Sunnyside; her brothers and sisters, Pancho Rios, Alberto Rios and Antonio Rios, all of Sunnyside, Jose Manuel Rios and Patricia Ventura, both of Mabton, Irene Morales of Wapato, Carlos Rios and Ignacio Rios, both of Mexico and Lurdes Geronimo of Mabton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Viewing and visitation will be held Monday, May 30, 2005, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at 10 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, is in charge of arrangements.


Wanda L. (Cockburn) McMurrin, of Tucson, Ariz. and a former Sunnyside resident died Thursday, May 26, 2005 in Tucson after a long battle with cancer.

She was born Nov. 22, 1927 in Preston Bend, Texas to Richard Cockburn and May (Evans) Cockburn. She moved to Sunnyside with her family at the age of 10. She graduated with the class of 1945.

She is survived by her daughter, Teresa McMurrin of Taipai, China; one sister, Alice Becker of Sunnyside; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; her parents; two sisters; and two brothers.

At her request there will be no services. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Casa de Luv Hospice, 400 West Magee, Tucson, AZ, 85704. Desert Sunset Funeral Home, Tucson, is in charge of arrangements.


Rudy Sandoval, 53, of Sunnyside died Saturday, May 28, 2005, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.

He was born in Sunnyside.

He is survived by three sisters, Medalia Kangas and Margarita Sandoval, both of Sunnyside, and Gloria Sandoval of California; and four brothers, Eulalio Sandoval Jr. of Everett, Roy Sandoval of Snohomish, Ramiro Sandoval of Sunnyside and Antonio Sandoval of Hermiston.

Viewing will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2005, from 2 to 6 p.m. with a Rosary at 6 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens. Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Rudy Sandoval, 53, of Sunnyside passed away Saturday, May 28, 2005.

Rudy was one of five brothers and two sisters born to Eulalio and Paula Sandoval and raised here in Sunnyside. Rudy attended Sunnyside High School and continued working with his family as farm workers, along with other jobs he held in his early 20’s.

Rudy was a vibrant young man filled with many dreams and desires in life.

He loved to draw and loved vintage cars. He also enjoyed going fishing with his cousins and friends. Rudy was always recognized as a fun-loving guy with a nickname for all who knew him and a quick comeback that was equal to none.

At 25 years of age, Rudy suffered an aneurism that left him paralyzed on one side. He recuperated with physical therapy enough to get around with the help of a cane, but then suffered a fall that left him to yet again try to recuperate and face yet the challenge of more pain and another adjustment to depend on a wheelchair to get around in.

Rudy loved family gatherings and the great food that came with the celebrations. Home cooking was always his favorite: tortillas, frijolitos, carnitas and chile! At Christmas time, Rudy needed to have those homemade tamales!

Rudy suffered a series of small strokes that brought on pneumonia, kidney problems and he eventually had a massive heart attack. He went to be with our Lord Jesus on May 28, 2005.

He is survived by his brothers, Eulalio Sandoval Jr. and wife, Connie, and family, Roy Sandoval and wife, Leasa, and family, Ramiro Sandoval and wife, Patsy, and family, Antonio Sandoval and wife, Lori, and family; his sisters, Medalia Sandoval-Kangas and husband, Richard, Margarita Sandoval and Angel Velasquez and family; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, whom he loved.

He was preceded in death by is parents, Eulalio and Paula Sandoval.

Rudy will be missed by all who knew him and especially by his loved ones, his family.

We want to thank Dr. Allen and all of the employees at Grandview Health Center, who cared for Rudy. God bless all of you. From the Sandoval family. Valley Hills Funeral Home is entrusted with funeral arrangements.


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