Maria De La Luz G. Partida, 84, of Kennewick died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.

She was born Sept. 8, 1924 in Edinburg, Texas, the daughter of Bartolo and Barbara (Lopez) Garcia.

On Feb. 19, 1940 she married Juan S. Partida in Edinburg, Texas.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Juan S. Partida of Kennewick; nine children, Norberta Espinosa of Moore, Texas, Rodrigo Partida of Edinburg, Texas, Guadalupe Salazar of West Richland, Esperanza Ramirez of Grandview, Mauro Partida and Diana Partida, both of Pasco, Carmen Mattox of Battle Ground, Lucy Partida-Stephenson of Kennewick, and Ana Maria Bhagat of Pueblo, Colo.; 24 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Juan Francisco Partida; three grandchildren; two brothers; and one sister.

Viewing and visitation will be held today, June 1, 2009, from 1 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Grandview. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview, with burial to follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Those wishing to sign Mrs. Partida's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Grandview is in charge of arrangements.


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