As of Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Consuelo R. Garcia, 69, of Grandview passed away on Saturday, May 25, in Yakima. Consuelo was born on Jan. 11, 1944 in Edinburg, Texas to Macario and Hipolita (Cervantes) Rivera. She received her early education in Texas. On Feb. 7, 1965 she married Enrique Garcia in Edinburg. Consuelo started working at an early age as a farm laborer. She then worked for NRO as a toddler teacher for two years and then took a job with the Washington State Migrant Council as a cook. She worked for the Migrant Council in Sunnyside, Whitstran and Mabton for over 30 years until illness forced her into retirement four years ago. Consuelo loved to listen to Tejano music, cook, making tortillas and making her famous peanut brittle and her wonderful tamales that everyone loved to eat. She also loved to travel with her husband to Oregon, Seattle and trips to visit her grandchildren in New Mexico and Texas. She also loved watching novellas and going on shopping trips with her daughter and friends. She was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview and also attended church in Mabton. She was also a member of the Guadalupana’s in Grandview. Consuelo is survived by her loving husband Enrique Garcia of Grandview, her children Enrique Garcia Jr. of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Sylvia Garcia of Grandview, and Juan Jose Garcia of Grandview. She is also survived by her five loving grandchildren McKayla, Elyssa, Jade, Gabrielle and Willy; also her siblings Jose Rivera, Ricardo Rivera, Francisco Rivera, Maria Elena Veliz, Christina Garcia, Raquel Herrera and Rosa Lira. She is preceded in death by her parents Macario and Hipolita Rivera and her brother Ascension Rivera. Viewing and visitation will take place today, May 29, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside and also on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 2 to 8 p.m. with a recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013 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 sign Consuelo’s on line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com. Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. in charge of arrangements.