On the evening of January 26, 2020, Nicolasa Gutierrez Hernandez Moncivaiz peacefully passed away at the age of 88 in her home. Nicolasa was born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to Ramon and Teresa Gutierrez on November 2, 1931. She was united in marriage to Tranquilino Hernandez Moncivaiz in Cuidad Victoria, Mexico and raised a family of 15 children.
Nicolasa was a hard working migrant worker who migrated with her large family from Florida, Texas, California, Oregon and finally settled in Mabton, Washingon in 1973. She was an excellent cook for all occasions and especially loved cooking during family gatherings. On Christmas day, she made tamales, buñuelos and Mexican hot chocolate. On New Year’s Day, she made delicious menudo with handmade corn tortillas. She enjoyed gardening and had a green thumb for planting, everything grew and bloomed. She maintained a well taken care of lawn and enjoyed watering the grass with the garden hose. She was a very strong and generous woman. She enjoyed giving gifts to others and helped anyone who asked. She set a good work ethics, family unity, cooking and cleaning example for her family. She loved to sing and hear Spanish music. She loved watching modern and classical novelas. She enjoyed driving in the car, going to yard sales and thrift shops. She enjoyed eating at Mexican restaurants and China Wok. She loved to go to the Yakama Legends Casino and spending the nights at the Pendelton Casino for special occasions. Nicolas’s idea of a good time was having family gatherings and joking. She was loved and cared for by her family.
Nicolasa is preceded in death by her beloved husband and son, Tranquilino Hernandez Moncivaiz and Juan Manuel Moncivaiz, including her brother Santiago Gutierrez, sister Susana and parents Maria Teresa and Ramon Gutierrez. She is survived by one brother and one sister; Manuel Gutierrez and Petronila Gutierrez, including her children: Rosalio Hernandez (Amelia), Maria M. Martinez (Robert), Maria Teresa Richer (Alex), Rosa Solis (Ricardo), Adalia Solis (Jose), Marta Hernandez (Juan), Tranquilino “Frank” Hernandez Jr., Lucinda “Lucy” Peralez, Leonel Hernandez (Marty), Diana Hartfield (James), Noel Moncivaiz, Jaime Moncivaiz (Enedelia), Jose Moncivaiz (Carmen Rodriguez), Sandro Moncivaiz and Carlos Hernandez (Margie Sanchez). Nicolasa is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Viewing and Visitation will be held Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm with recitation of Holy Rosary at 6:00 pm at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside, Washington. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday February 3, 2020 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside, WA with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, WA. Those wishing to sign Nicolasa’s online memorial book you may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
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