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Paula Guerra, 81, of Granger was called home by the Lord on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007.

She was born in Brownsville, Texas to Celedonio and Rita G. Alvarez.

Paula married Monserrato (Monse) Guerra on July 9, 1949, in Mark Tree, Ark. They moved to Washington state on March 10, 1951, where they settled in the Yakima Valley area. In her earlier years, Paula worked alongside her family in various farms in the Midwest. Paula was the first Hispanic librarian in the Granger and Zillah area, where she mentored numerous children in the surrounding area. Paula retired from the Yakima Valley Regional Library after 30 years of dedicated service.

During her life, Paula enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time in the Blue Mountains. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren in their various sports activities and was an avid Mariners fan. Paula had many accomplishments in her lifetime. She had an article published in the Farmers Almanac and in the Granger History Book. Paula was also interviewed for an article in the Yakima Herald Republic.

Paula is survived by her children, Andres Gonzalez (Juana), of Prosser, Frank Guerra (Susie) and Rosie Lynda Espinoza (Rick), all of Sunnyside, Rita Huddleton (Marvin), of Clarkston, Felix Guerra (Nora), of Pasco, Ernie Guerra (Laurie) of Granger; four sisters, Celedonia "Sally" Robles and Petra Cardenas, both of Granger, Gerarda Gaticia of Outlook and Rosie Gomez of Plymouth; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Paula was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Monse; four brothers, Ramon, Manuel, Luis and Cadelario Alvarez; and three sisters, Maria Magdalena Alvarez, Demetria Morales and Siria Limon.

Paula will be deeply missed by her loving family and will remain in their hearts.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, and from 5 to 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Granger, followed by a recitation of the Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Granger, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor Paula's memory may contribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Granger.

Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


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