Rosa (Rosita) A. Rodriguez, 93, a long-time Sunnyside resident, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, surrounded by her family and friends.

Rosa was born April 17, 1916 in Laguna Seca Ranch and raised in Edinburg, Texas, the daughter of Indalecio and Liberata (Cruz) Amador Sr.

On May 20, 1934 she married Emilio Rodriguez Sr. The Rodriguez family moved to Sunnyside in 1963.

Rosa was a homemaker and gardener.

She enjoyed tending to her many plants and flowers. Roses were her specialty.

Rosa's house was always open to everyone. She would take in homeless youth, nurture them and she became their grandma.

Rosa was always cooking and would offer a meal to anyone that came to visit, always happy to have company come to her home. She looked forward to her yearly visit to Texas.

Rosa enjoyed having her family together for holidays and birthdays. She loved deer hunting and would occasionally go with her husband.

She was a good hearted person. She was loved and will be greatly missed.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside.

Rosa is survived by seven daughters, Emma Borrego of Mission, Texas, Stella (Adolfo) Rubalcava. Ninfa Rodriguez, Lydia (Jesse) Chavez, Yoli Rodriguez and Carmina Borrego, all of Sunnyside and Dina (Rick) Bootsma of Outlook; two sons, Emilio Rodriguez Jr. and Randy Rene Rodriguez, both of Sunnyside; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great- grandchildren, which she dearly loved. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Emilio Sr.; five brothers; two sisters; and three grandchildren.

The Rodriguez family would like to thank Dr. David Swofford, Yakima Heart Center, Yakima Memorial Hospice and Smith Funeral Home for the loving care of Rosa Rodriguez.

Viewing and visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to honor her memory may contribute to Yakima Memorial Hospice.

Those wishing to share their memories or sign Rosa's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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