Margarita Gonzalez Mendoza, 83, of Grandview died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, at Prosser Memorial Hospital.
She was born Feb. 11, 1923 Mexico to Miguel and Emilia (Guiterez) Gonzalez. In 1938 she married Luis Alfredo Mendoza in La Garita, Jalisco, Mexico. She worked in the fields picking pears, apples, cutting asparagus and also did some thinning of the same crops.
She is survived by her husband, Luis Alfredo Mendoza of Grandview; her children, Emilia Mendoza de Torres and her husband, Jesus Torres, of Tamazula Jalisco, Mexico, Guadalupe Mendoza de Contreras of San Fernando Jalisco, Mexico, Jose Mendoza and wife, Alicia Mendoza, and Ignacio Mendoza and wife, Griselda Mendoza, all of Prosser, Carolina Mendoza and husband, Leonardo Magana, and Maria Isabel Mendoza de Magana and husband, Ramon Magana, all of Grandview, and Yolanda Mendoza of Sunnyside; 32 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and one brother, Adolfo Avalos.
She was preceded in death by four sons, Porfirio Mendoza, Ramon Mendoza, Atanacio Mendoza and Juan Mendoza; one sister, Esperanza Gonzalez; and one brother, Antonio Avalos.
Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006, from 1 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Grandview. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Aug. 25, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser, with burial to follow at East Prosser Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.