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1914 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
Guadalupe Guzman Gonzalez "El Grillo" passed away March 15, 2011 at his home in Mount Vernon with his family at his side. He was born in Mercedes, Texas on September 12, 1914. Son of Petra Guzman and Luciano Gonzalez.

Survivors include: son, Father Emilio Ramon Gonzalez; and daughters: Petra Gonzalez Duenas, Mount Vernon, Washington,
Virginia Gonzalez, Yakima, Washington; grandchildren: Ramon Duenas, Cruz Duenas, Rachael Marie Hamilton (Ryan), Burlington, Robert (Bobby) Wargo (Rhianna), Burlington, Washington, Adam Wargo, Mount Vernon, Washington; great-grandchildren, Daniel Wargo, Justyn Hamilton, Rene Wargo, Robert Wargo, Allison Hamilton.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Crecencia Gonzalez; siblings; Elisa (Trevino) Gonzalez, Amada (Zamora) Gonzalez, Edineo Gonzalez, Zebedo Gonzalez, Manuel Gonzalez.

He was proud of coming from a background of migrant farm workers. He and Crecencia traveled to the cotton fields of Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. He and Crecencia were Sharecroppers at King Acres Plantation, in Mississippi. In late 1946, they arrived in Lynden, Washington in the back of a truck with nine other families. Shortly after Lupe, Crecencia and their son Emilio walked from Lynden to Allen, WA in the middle of winter to find work they found her brother Julian working in Allen for E.L. Sandell and they worked for him until his death. They then worked for the elder Mr. Sakuma working his first ten acres of strawberries and later for Nelson Potatoes in Burlington, Omdal Farms and Dellinger Farms. He enjoyed field work all of his life.

In the early Spanish Ministry of Skagit County he served as a Eucharistic Minister taking the Eucharist to people who were homebound or in the hospital.

He loved his family and especially his wife of 65 years, who he took loving care of until she was called home in 2007.

He is greatly loved and will be missed. Viewing will be held Thursday March 17, 2011 9am until 4pm at Hawthorne Funeral Home. A Rosary will be held a March 17, 2010, 8:00 pm at Immaculate Conception Church in Mount Vernon. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, March 18, 2011, 12:15 pm at Immaculate Conception Church celebrated by his son Father Emilio Gonzalez. A Committal will follow at Hawthorne Memorial Park with a reception to follow at the St. Joseph Center. Memorials may be made in Lupe's name to the Mclean Road Fire Department.

Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 1825 E. College Way, Mount Vernon.
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