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Manuel Ponce Garcia

| January 6, 2021 1:00 AM

Manuel Ponce Garcia, 90, a longtime resident of Moses Lake, Washington, went to be with the Lord after a long happy life surrounded by his wife Margarita at their home. Family from throughout Washington state were able to come visit him within the past few months.

Manuel was born on Feb. 10, 1930, in Rancho La Luz, Coahuila, Mexico to Florencio and Rosa Garcia Ponce. He was the third of seven children. Manuel was raised in Mexico and settled in California when he was around 22 years old. He met his wife, Margarita, in California and they were married in Visalia, California, in 1964. Two children, Manuel (d. 1965) and Rose were born in California. In 1968, the family moved to Moses Lake, Washington, where they became members of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. In 1969, Manuel Jr. was born to complete the family. Later he opened his home and served as a father figure to several nieces and nephews: Armando, Veronica, Gabriela, Santos, and Enrique.

Manuel worked in the Moses Lake area until his retirement from the Carnation Company in 1992. He enjoyed a long retirement and kept busy developing his ranch where he raised various animals. At home he loved gardening and landscaping their yard with beautiful flowers and trees. He was always dedicated to his family and enjoyed visiting with family and friends. He loved taking his family on summer vacation trips to Texas, California and Mexico. In his retirement years, he especially enjoyed riding the train with his wife Margarita to visit his sister Elena in Visalia, California. Manuel was a loving husband, father, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather. His kindness, smile, and laughter will be missed by all.

He is survived by his loving wife Margarita, his daughter Rose and her husband John of Richland, Washington and his son Manuel Jr. and his wife Yvonne of Moses Lake; grandchildren Jessica, Manuel III, Monica, Elizabeth, Johnny and Nicholas; and great-grandchildren Cambria, Summer, Elijah, Maverick and Zachary.

Manuel’s family wants to thank Samaritan Hospital and Assured Hospice for the great care he received from them. Thank you for the prayers from family and friends near and far, church friends at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Moses Lake and the Missionary Daughters of the Most Pure Virgin Mary in Vineland, New Jersey.

Rosary/vigil will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at Kayser's Chapel, Moses Lake, Washington. Funeral Mass will take place Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Moses Lake, Washington.

Please express your thoughts and memories at Arrangements are under the care of Kayser’s Chapel of Memories of Moses Lake, Washington.