Sibyl (Nickolaus) Hoffman, 99, of Pacific Grove, Calif., and a long-time Sunnyside resident, passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2005 at Delmonte Retirement Home.

She was born on the family farm near Olds, Iowa. She was the second of seven children and was the eldest girl. Her schooling was in the local, one-room schoolhouse. She received her high school diploma in 1925. After teaching for one year in that same school, she decided upon a nursing career and attended nursing school at the Burlington Protestant Hospital School of Nursing in Iowa. She graduated in 1929.

Upon graduation she moved to Washington state and began a full and part-time nursing career that spanned over more than 40 years, until retiring in the early 1970’s.

In 1932 she married Michael Hoffman. They had two sons, Michael Jr. and James. Mike and Sibyl were married more than 50 years until his death in 1984. They spent most of those years in Sunnyside, having moved there in 1945.

In addition to her nursing career, Sibyl was an active member of the Calvary Lutheran Church and women’s groups in Sunnyside.

In 1991 Sibyl moved to the Monterey Peninsula in California to be near her son, Michael Jr., where she resided until her death.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 18, 2005, at 1 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home, Sunnyside.


Francisca Mireles Maya, 82, of Pasco passed away peacefully on her birthday Thursday, March 9, 2006, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Donna, Texas, to Abundio Mireles and Hilaria Gomez. Francisca had lived in the Tri-Cities area since 1971.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

She enjoyed sewing and a variety of arts and crafts. She was know for her generosity, service and random acts of kindness.

Francisca is lovingly survived by her children, Marissa (Juan) Zamudio, Miguel (Beatriz) Miranda, Mr. and Mrs. Venegas, Carlos (Jackie) Maya, Dominga (Rolando) Perez, Antonio (Margie) Maya, Maria (Gaudencio) Felipe, Gerardo Maya and Heriberto Maya; as well as 26 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

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

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2004 Road 24, Pasco. Burial will follow at City View Cemetery, just off of Oregon Avenue in Pasco.

Viewing was held Sunday, March 12, 2006, from 2 to 8 p.m. and will be held Monday, March 13, 2006, from 10 to 8 p.m. at Mueller’s Greenlee Funeral Home, 1608 W. Court Street, Pasco, and Tuesday, March 14, 2006, from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720 or the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice, 2108 W. Entiat Avenue, Kennewick, WA 99336.

The family invites you to sign their on-line guest book at


A.C. (Smitty) Smith, 82, of Spokane died Friday, March 3, 2006 in Spokane.

He was born Aug. 27, 1923 on the family ranch in the Sandhills near Ainsworth, Neb. to Earl and Lois Smith. He was the eldest of six children.

Smitty came to Sunnyside from Nebraska in 1950 and for a number of years he owned and operated several car dealerships in Sunnyside. He later lived in Kennewick and Deer Park.

Dad loved country music and played guitar. He loved fishing at Ol’ Sullivan and had a vacation trailer on the lake for a number of years. He had many friends in the Yakima Valley and was a charter member of the Eagles and VFW. He served in Italy in WWII.

He is survived by his wife, Dee Smith of Deer Park; two daughters, Carolyn and Gary Lowe of Sunnyside and Diane and Pat Hagen of Deer Park; and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by four stepchildren, and numerous step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers; a sister; and their children in Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sharon (Trammel) Hagen in 1996; a brother; and sister.

Inurnment will be in Sunnyside. At his request no formal services will be held.


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