Alicia Reyes, 41, of Mabton passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.
Alicia, or Alice as everyone called her, was born May 18, 1968 in Stayton, Ore. to Aurora and Severiano Reyes Jr. As a child they moved to Sunnyside, where they lived for many years before moving to Mabton.
Alice was never one to let anything get in her way. At the age of 21, she graduated from Mabton High School despite the obstacles of being a migrant student.
She worked at J & M Market for a few years, until she stopped to care for her father and her son. After about a year, she started working for Wal-Mart, where she worked for 15 years until her passing.
Everyone who knew her loved her and had some funny story about something she'd said or done. She never let anything or anybody get her down. She was always happy to see everyone and was ready to help anybody out with anything at anytime.
When she wasn't at work, she would spend her time hanging out at her cousin Vicky's with her son, taking her son out, helping her brother out at car shows, hanging out at home with her family, or going to Legends Casino with her dad.
She also loved to dance at family or friends parties, she was always one of the first ones out on the dance floor.
Alice, you were such a brave, bright person. Although it hurts with all our souls to have to let you go, we know you're in a much better place looking after us.
She is survived by her son, Robert Reyes; her parents, Aurora and Severiano Reyes Jr,; her siblings, Ruben (Rosemary) Reyes and Irma Reyes, all of Mabton, Ricardo (Jessica) Reyes of Hermiston, Ore.; nieces and nephews, Elisa, Savannah, Isaiah Reyes, all of Hermiston, Daniel Reyes and Damian Flores, both of Mabton; one grandniece, Destiny Longoria of Hermiston; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Alice was preceded in death by a brother, Roberto Reyes; her maternal grandparents; paternal grandparents; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
"The caterpillar dies so the butterfly could be born. And yet, the caterpillar lives in the butterfly, and they are but one. So when I pass, it will be that I have transformed from the caterpillar of Earth, to the butterfly of Heaven." John Harricharan
Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, from 3.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, Oct. 30, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.
Those wishing to share their memories or sign Alicia's online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.