Carmina Borrego

Carmina Borrego

Carmina Borrego, 62, of Sunnyside passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on June 28, 2022, following a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer.

Carmina was born on June 8, 1960, to Abel and Emma Borrego in Edinburg Texas.

She graduated from Sunnyside High School with the class of 1980 and attended YVCC and earned her AA degree.

She worked at various jobs, but the most rewarding was when she became a foster mom. She touched the lives of so many kids in foster care. Those kids would come by her home to thank her for her love, care, and support. We will remember her as a fighter, always smiling and her contagious laugh.

We will miss Carmina deeply, but she will be in our hearts and memories forever. We are so lucky to have had her in our lives. She deeply loved her son Sean who was her pride and joy.

Carmina is survived by her loving son Sean James Borrego, sisters, Stella Rubalcava, Dina (Rick) Bootsma, Lydia (Jesse) Chavez, Yolanda “Yoli” Rodriguez, Alma Borrego, Brother Randy (Anita) Rodriguez, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Carmina is preceded in death by her parents, Abel and Emma Borrego, Grandparents, Emilio and Rosita Rodriguez, siblings, Emilio Rodriguez Jr., Ninfa “Nancy” Rodriguez, Abel Borrego Jr., brother-in-law Adolpho Rubalcava, nephews Jesse Chavez Jr., and Michael Lance Rubalcava.

The family would like to extend appreciation to Yoli Rodriguez, Ralph and Lynette Rodriguez and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for all the hard work, unconditional support, kindness and compassion provided to Carmina.

Special thanks to Smith Funeral Home, North Star Lodge and Dr. Mario Chenal and staff for all the support and care. Also, all the family and friends, especially Martha Rodriguez for their prayers, kindness, and food in this most difficult time.

Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday July 5, 2022, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. On Wednesday, July 6, 2022, viewing and visitation will be held from 8:30 a.m. until time of the service at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Sunnyside. Dedication of the grave will be at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers those wishing to honor Carmina’s memory may contribute to North Star Lodge Yakima WA, or the American Cancer Society.

Those wishing to sign Carmina’s online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

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