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GWEN L. DUNN

Gwenn L. Dunn, 55, of Outlook, our loving wife and mother, slipped away peacefully in the arms of Jesus Monday, Jan. 9, 2006.

Gwen was born April 15, 1950 in Sunnyside to Mark and Evelyn Hobson. She attended school in Granger and graduated from Granger High School with the class of 1968. She married her high school sweetheart, Barry Dunn, on July 20, 1969 at the Sunnyside Assembly of God. Gwen had worked at J.C. Penney as an auditor until her illness forced her to retire in 2003.

Gwen is survived by her husband of 36 years, Barry Dunn of Outlook; two sons, Chad (Judy) Dunn of Outlook and Dustin (Vanessa) Dunn of Zillah; her mother, Evelyn (George) Hobson-Pritchard of Zillah; two sisters, Lisa (Jeffrey) Poe and Winnie (Bob) Kuhn, all of Custer; two granddaughters the joy of her life, Allyssa Dunn and Brianna Dunn; and a host of family and friends.

Viewing will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006, from 1 until 7 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Zillah.

A celebration of her life and home going will be held Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Wapato Assembly of God Church, 102 E. 5

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, Wapato. Interment will follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens, Sunnyside.

Memorials in Gwen’s name may be made to the Granger Assembly of God Church. Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement.

GILBERT GARCIA

Gilbert Garcia, 43, of Spokane passed away suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006.

Gilbert was born March 27, 1962 in Sunnyside, to Aurora and Eloy Garcia. He was baptized and raised as a member of the Catholic Church. Gilbert graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1980. He attended Yakima Valley College and then continued his education at Eastern Washington University, where he earned his degree in personnel management. He was employed by the State of Washington for 18 years. He currently worked in the Office of Special Investigations. In 2003, Gilbert was nominated by fellow employees to receive the “Extra Mile Award” (for going above and beyond).

Gilbert was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed playing sports, hunting, and fishing. He coached softball and helped with various sports for his beloved daughters. He played poker with his buddies once a month for almost 18 years and participated in fantasy football with the same group for almost 20 years.

He was preceded in death by a beloved daughter, Tiffany Lynn on May 28, 1989, she would have been 17; his paternal grandparent, Celia Olivarez; his maternal grandparents, Manuel S. Martinez and Aurora T. Martinez; and uncles, Refugio Martinez, Regino Martinez and Sam Martinez.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Danette Sue Garcia; their beloved daughters, Tatiana Marie (Corazon), 15, Cailynn Marie (BooBoo Bear), 13, Marissa Danielle (Precious), 9, and Shaunay Monique (Reynita), 7; his parents, Eloy and Aurora; brother, David and wife, Maricella, and their children, Stephanie (Steph), David (Papos, Popsicle), Gabriel (Fluffy) and Tomas (Flaco); brother, Daniel Garcia and daughter, Danielle Garcia; his mother and father-in-law, Floyd and Danna Bolich; sister-in-law, Debbie Cridlebaugh and her children, Brandon and Kali Cridlebaugh, Caralee and Anthony Johnson; sister and brother-in-law, Deanna and Rob Ristau and children, Todd Slatter, Matt Slatter, Toby Slatter and Tyson Ristau; as well as very special aunts, uncles and cousins too numerous to mention.

Gilbert will be remembered by his infectious smile, his outgoing nature, gregarious laughter, his lightheartedness, whistling, and his exuberant stand-up yells during TV sporting events. His brothers will never forget his very affectionate bone crushing hugs.

He loved being with family and friends, but most of all he loved his girls. Gilbert will be missed by all who knew and loved him. We will miss you our dearly beloved husband, father, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, co-worker and friend.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at Spokane Teachers Credit Union, West 106 Nora, Spokane, WA, 99205 under “Garcia Memorial Fund.” Services will be held Friday, Jan. 13, 2006, at 1 p.m. at Valley Fourth Memorial Church. Graveside service will follow. Thornhill Valley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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