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Obituary: ERNESTINA VALDEZ CASTELLANOS

Ernestina Valdez Castellanos, 88, of Sunnyside went to be with God and her loved ones on Friday, July 19, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. She was born Nov. 11, 1924 to Leonardo and Francesca Valdez in Caldwell, Texas, where she was the fourth of nine children. Early on, her family migrated to the Yakima Valley settling in Mabton at Yakima Chief Ranch. In February of 1947, she married Domingo Castellanos in Edinburg, Texas, before settling in Sunnyside to start a family. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially during holidays and special occasions, when she would have a line as she whipped up great-tasting flour tortillas and homemade tamales. She adored her grandchildren and always made time to share childhood memories. She also loved spending time outdoors tending to her flowers, especially her rose bushes. Early on she liked to make what she fondly called "Hobo" quilts from clothes that her family had outgrown. She also loved crocheting. In her spare time, she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the women's guild, a foster parent, Blue Bird leader, and an avid bargain and coupon shopper. After working 35 years in the Lower Valley food processing industry, she retired from Twin City Foods in Prosser. Ernestina is survived by her husband of 66 years, Domingo; five children, Lupe (Linda) Castellanos of Yakima, Ed (Kathy) Castellanos of Selah, Betty Castellanos of Tukwila, Joann (Ned Becker) Castellanos of Seattle and Melinda Garcia of Sunnyside; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews; a sister, Feliciana Tijerina of Pasco; and one brother, Luis Valdez of Yakima. She was preceded in death by her son, Arnold; her parents, Leonardo and Francesca Valdez; two brothers, Roberto and Jesus Valdez; four sisters, Julia Alanis, Cruz Hernandez, Jacinta Ortega and Dorthy Meza; as well as Nelson, her loving pet and faithful companion. Viewing and visitation will be held Friday, July 26, 2013, from noon to 8 p.m., with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Cancer Society or Sunnyside Hospice. Those wishing to sign Ernestina's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements

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