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Norma A. Hernandez-Sauceda, 62, of Toppenish went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009.

Norma was born Oct. 1, 1947 to Hortencia and the late Jesse Hernandez Sr., of Mabton.

Norma was caring, compassionate and considerate of other people's needs. She would make her rounds visiting family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley.

She was known for her tasty tamales. She would drop by unexpectedly with food and small gifts for those she visited often times fulfilling an unspoken need.

Mom was a strong and caring woman and when she saw an injustice she would stand up for others. She had a big heart and sometimes came across as bossy but that was her way of letting you know she loved you. Often times she would give her last dollar to help those who she saw had a greater need. Wherever Norma went her contagious laughter and sense of humor would fill a room.

She was very protective of those she loved. Her love for her grandchildren was made known to those who knew her as they were her favorite topic.

Mom was free spirited and lived for the moment and at times, we wish we could be more like her. She never worried about tomorrow. She would always say "Live for today, not tomorrow, for you don't know what God will bring you."

She had the ability to make people feel welcomed and like family.

She would always see the good in people and mentor those who sought her out, including friends of her children.

She is survived by her mother, Hortencia Hernandez; nine siblings and their spouses, Ed Hernandez (Irma), Richard Hernandez, Gilbert Hernandez, Charlie Hernandez, Fred Hernandez (Gigi), Rachel Ott (Ken), Christina Moreno (Tomas), Jesse Hernandez (Maria), Gracie Bice (Del); three children and their spouses; Laura Cervantes (Dan) of Vancouver, Tanya Saiz (Tony) of Yakima and Raymond "Mike" Hernandez (Maggie) of Yakima; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Cervantes, Daniel Cervantes Jr., Esther Saiz, Anthony Saiz Jr., Sarah Saiz, Isaiah Hernandez, Marisa Hernandez, Jezirea Marez; two great-grandchildren, Mariah Weich and Shawn Weich; her spouse, Santos Sauceda Sr.; and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jesse Hernandez; and her brother, Jesse Hernandez II.

She will be greatly missed by those who loved her, but she would want us to rejoice in the memories we all shared with her. She is now Daddy's Little Princess and another one of God's angels who will continue watching over us and protect us. So when you hear her laughter in the midst, she is letting you know she is with you.

Special thanks to the Yakima Regional Medical ICU unit for their caring, compassion and support during her illness.

Vigil services will be held Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at 6 p.m., at Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the Assembly of God Church in Toppenish with burial to follow at Toppenish Elmwood Cemetery.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

Valley Hills Funeral Home in Zillah is in charge of arrangements.


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