Juanita Arroyo, 55, of Yakima and raised in Grandview, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006, at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She was surrounded by her loving children and siblings.

Juanita was born Jan. 13, 1951 in Mercedes, Texas to Benito and Hortencia Cavozos. Juanita had 17 brothers and sisters and eight children of her own.

She enjoyed shopping, dancing and spending lots of time with her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by seven children, Jose Luis and Paris Cortina and their children, Zachary, Isaac, Austin, Cheyenne, Hunter Cortina and their step-daughter, Tabitha Clifford of Bremerton, Oscar and Julie Cortina Silva and their children, Julianna Cortina, Eusebio, Goreti Jécador and Saul Silva of Granger, Juan Jesus Rodriguez and Millie Couch and their children, Krissy, Karmen, Kimmy and Gabriel Rodriguez of Yakima, Maria Rodriguez and her children, Angelica Maria Cortez and Juan Jose Moncivaiz, Rose Chavez and Juan Enrique Almaguer, Sr. and their children, Erikah Rae Chavez, Celeste, Juan Enrique Almaguer, Jr. of Granger, Ramiro Chavez and his sons, Ramiro Jr. and Nicolas Chavez, both of Granger and

youngest son, Joel Angel Arroyo of Yakima.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Jose Gabriel Rodriguez; her sisters; one brother-in-law; and two nieces. In God we trust.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Grandview Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 1201 Missouri St., Grandview.

We would like to thank all our friends and family for the loving support and their contributions.


Helen A. (Hamill) Relyea, 85, a resident of Mount Vernon for the past nine years, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006.

Helen was born Jan. 27, 1921 in Stanwood. At a young age Helen and her family moved to Sedro-Woolley. Helen attended school in Sedro-Woolley and graduated from high school with the class of 1939. During this time Helen met the love of her life, Stanley F. Relyea. They were married July 5, 1941, and made their home in Sunnyside, where Stan worked for the Northern Pacific and Burlington Northern railways.

Upon Stan’s retirement they moved to Mount Vernon in order to be closer to family members.

Helen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She had a zest for life and continually gave of herself to friends and family.

Helen was an outstanding cook and enjoyed providing many delicious meals in the back yard for friends and family over the years while she and “S.F.” resided in Sunnyside. In addition to her homemaking talents, Helen had a variety of careers; including telegram delivery girl, waitress, telephone operator, jewelry store clerk and women’s clothing store manager. However, her true gift was always providing for her family.

Helen will be missed by all who knew and loved her. That familiar question “What can I get you to eat?” will forever be remembered.

She is survived by her son, Stanley E. Relyea and daughter-in-law, Charleen, of Mount Vernon; two granddaughters and their families, Katie and husband, Troy Cole, and great-grandchildren, Peter, Grace, Jacob, and Matthew, all of Mount Vernon, and Molly and husband, Ryan Stoulil, and great-grandchildren, Piper and Nathan, all of Edmonds; a brother-in-law, Jack Relyea of Seattle; a brother and sister-in-law, Homer and Evelyn McElreath of Auburn; and numerous nieces and nephews, including Patricia (Hamill) Prutzman and husband, David, of Anacortes. Helen’s extended family includes Warren and Suzanne Gilbert and children, Carolyn, Natalie and Annie, all of Mount Vernon, Leonard and Jill Eliason, and children Emma and Erik, all of Mount Vernon, and Alfred Rode and children, Andrew and Ruthie, all of Mount Vernon.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Nellie Hamill; her husband of 62 years, Stanley F. Relyea; her brother, Daniel Patrick Hamill; and sister-in-law, Agnes (Abrahamson) Hamill.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, 12:15 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Mount Vernon, with Father Patrick McDermott officiating. A reception will follow at Saint Joseph’s Center.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the Sedro-Woolley High School Scholarship Foundation, C/O Sedro-Woolley High School, 1235 3


Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284.

Kern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may share your memories of Helen and sign her online guest register at


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