Josephine L. Mares, 79 of Grandview, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at Yakima Regional Hospital with her family at her side.

Josephine was born March 19, 1931 at Granjeno Ranch, Hidalgo County, Texas to Jesus and Celestina (Rios) Leyva.

She married Leopoldo Jesus Mares in 1948 and moved to Grandview in 1952.

She is survived by her sons, Leopoldo Mares Jr. of Hilo, Hawaii and Lionel (Bonnie) Mares of Mabton; her daughter, Adelita Mares of Sunnyside; her niece, Tomasa Ramirez of Aurora, Ill.; and her nephew, Servando Sanchez of Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leopoldo; and her sister, Rosaura Sanchez of Illinois.

There will be a family viewing only.

Prosser Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.


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