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Trinidad H. Yanez

October 22, 1921 ~ May 29, 2018 (age 96)
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Trinidad was born in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas in a little town called Weslaco. Her parents were Encarnacion Hernandez and Refugia Yado. She was the oldest daughter of a family of ten. Her education was limited due to the need to help take care of her younger brothers and sisters as well as do the laundry, “a mano”, and cook.  At nineteen she married Martin Falcon Yanez on February 9, 1941 in Elsa, Texas and started a family that year which began with Martin Guadalupe Jr. Followed by Olga Belinda Riddle, Ramon, Ruben, Rosie Pina and lastly John in Washington State. Mom, being the story teller like her father, could always recall family history precisely. ‘Ama was gifted with a very good memory and also known for her feisty attitude but she loved musica mejicana especially from Herminia Mendez and Radio Cadena. After the end of WW11 when Martin was discharged from the Army Trinidad accompanied her husband to California in 1952 to work in the grapes at Sanger, California and than moved to Outlook, Washington in the Winter of 1953 to work in the asparagus fields and at the Snow and Sons Warehouse. She worked on the line for over 40+ years.  In 1968 mom and dad bought a little farm that they could call their very own home in Zillah. She was a proud woman who stood her ground and she raised a family the best way she could by always stressing education and her vision that one day her living room was to be filled with sons and daughters wearing caps and gowns. She got it done no matter if we were in the cotton fields of west Texas or the grape fields of California we were quickly enrolled in many schools.  On May 29, 2018 Trinidad died in her sleep at home as she always wanted. She was visited on Mother’s Day by her last surviving sister Magdalena Muniz, son Rudy & Maria Hernandez, Jessica & Vicente Rodriguez , Leticia & Richard Hernandez, Prima Sylvia &Sergio Galindo, Becky and Jaime Villa & family, many grandkids said a lot of love you grandmas. Sobrinos called in like Junior Salinas & Betty from Texas. Visits by Tia Chona Yanez.  It was an overwhelming show of love for Trinidad H. Yanez. And she was grateful. She is survived by sons Martin Jr., Ruben and daughters Belinda “Olga” Riddle and Rosie Pina ; a sister Magdalena Muniz,and sister in law Concepcion Yanez, Sunnyside. Many nephews and nieces, grandkids and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded by her husband of 50 years Martin, sons John and Ray; parents Encarnacion Hernandez and Refugia Hernandez;  brothers Joaquin, Facundo, Estanislado, Luis, Efrain, Aaron, sister Angelita Peralez and a baby brother who died from dysentery crossing El Rio Grande.

Viewing and visitation will be on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside, WA.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, WA. Burial will follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA.  Those wishing to sign Trinidad’s online memorial book may do so at   Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.




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