Obituaries

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On August 31, 2020, Velma Johnson Sills, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away at the age of 84.

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Donna Morey was born April 28, 1960, to Samuel and Constance Morey at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Hipolito ‘Paul’ Mendez Jr., 77, lower valley legend and long-time community figure, businessman, educator, and artist passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. His legacy is a life of service to his community as a mentor, counselor, coach and motivator to hundreds of young people.

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Juana Prieto, 79, passed away peacefully at her home in bed on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 8:20 p.m. next to her youngest son.

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On Saturday, September 5, 2020, our lives would never be the same because our beloved father, son, brother, uncle, and friend Vicente Reyes Acevedo Jr. went to be in the arms with his Savior.

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Our son, Nick, passed away at home on Friday, September 4. He was born in Yakima on April 5, 1981 and attended Sunnyside Christian School from Kinder­garten through 11th grade, graduating from Grandview High School.

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Derek George Gochnour, age 46, passed away on June 28, 2020, at Evergreen Medical Center in Kirkland, Washing­ton. Derek was born on November 25, 1973, in Yakima, the son of Karen (Totten) and George Gochnour.

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On Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the age of 81, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend Esther Marie Van Belle went to be in the arms of her Heavenly Father.