As of Thursday, February 27, 2014
After a courageous battle with cancer our beautiful Dora E. Tudor, 65, of Grandview, was called to our Lord on Friday, May 24, 2013. Dora was born Oct. 10, 1947 in Earle, Ark. to Eusebio and Maria Palacios. As Dora was growing up she traveled with her family to Texas, California and Washington harvesting cotton, fruit and many other crops. Life as a migrant farm worker in the 1950s & 1960s was very difficult and challenging. Growing up in these times played a significant role in developing Dora’s kind, giving ways, as well as her deep appreciation for family. Much time was spent in Edinburg, Texas, where Dora attended school through the sixth grade. The family finally settled in Grandview in the early 1960s. Dora married John Hernandez, and raised two beautiful daughters, Cindy and Melinda. Dora was a hard worker and earned her GED. She became a medical assistant and was well respected by her peers. After separating from John, she met the love of her life Mark Tudor in 1999. They were married on March 24, 2006. They enjoyed a wonderful partnership and never in their whole time together had an argument. One of her favorite things to do was to take a Harley ride to Walla Walla with Mark and enjoy a nice dinner there. A highlight of their time together was a wonderful vacation in Italy with a group of their friends. Dora was a kind and caring person and was always willing to help someone out. She also had the ability to make everyone laugh with her quick sense of humor. She touched the lives of many. We will all miss her smiling face and kind heart. She is survived by her husband, Mark Tudor; daughters, Cindy (Jim) Bateman of Kennewick and Melinda (Cameron) Burchett of Spokane; her grandchildren, Connor, Kennedy and Kellen; one brother, Jesse (Christina) Palacios; and four sisters, Esther Leep, Gloria De Palacio, Mary Palacios and Diana (Martin) Morales (Martin). She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Eusebio and Maria Palacios. We would like to thank Lower Valley Hospice and Yakima Hematology and Oncology for their assistance through these trying times. Memorials may be made in the donor’s choice. Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m., with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, 528 S. Eigth Ave., in Sunnyside. Memorial services and a celebration of Dora’s life will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Grandview Nazarene Church, 500 N. Elm St. in Grandview. Those wishing to sign Dora’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.