Mariana Navarro

Mariana Navarro

Mariana Navarro, 85, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her sons, daughters, and loving family. She was born November 12, 1936, in Falfurrias, Texas to Prudencio and Eloisa Mendez.

Mariana had eight children, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Mariana was a beautiful, strong, devoted woman. Everybody loved and admired her strength, courage, and faith. Anyone who came in contact with her would love to hear her stories about her life and upbringing, and everybody received “La Bendición” and a full stomach before leaving her home. Mariana loved cooking and making fresh tortillas for her family. She also loved working outdoors, sewing, listening to music, and singing. She also had a sense of humor, playing pranks on her boys any chance she’d get, and cheering up everyone around her.

She was an inspiration to everyone, even until her last breath. We are very blessed to have had her in our lives and we are thankful for all the memories and lessons that she has given us. She will greatly be missed and forever loved.

We love you, Mom.

Mariana is survived by her loving family: Tom (Lupe), Alejandro, David (Blanca), Alicia (Ernie), all of Sunnyside; Bert (Vicki) of Mabton; Dora (Vernon) of New Mexico; Carlos, Joe (Jenny) of Grandview. And, by four brothers, two sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Alejandro Navarro; daughter-in-law Janie Navarro; grandchildren Griselda Navarro and Michael Navarro; parents Prudencio & Eloisa Mendez; brothers Erasmo, Reynaldo, and Martin Mendez; and brother-in-aw Antonio Valdivia.

We would like to give special thanks to our sister Alicia and brother-in-law Ernie for the many years of love and care you gave to our beautiful Mama.

Viewing and visitation were held on Monday, October 24, 2022, from 4 to 8 p.m. with Recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sunnyside. Burial will follow at the Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

Those wishing to sign Mariana's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

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