Jan 092013

Modesta Hernandez, 78, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at her home in Winslow. Holy Rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m. today (Jan. 11) at Madre De Dios Catholic Church in Winslow, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., with Father Jeffrey King as celebrant. Inurnment will follow at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
Modie was born on Oct. 4, 1934, in Winslow.
She was a very loving mother, grandmother and sister.
She enjoyed her daily routine of going to Circle K to get her cup of coffee, pound cake and, of course, her scratchers. What would put a smile on her face the most was going to church on Sundays, Bingo night, taking trips to the casinos, going camping, fishing, and spending time with her kids and grand kids. In her younger years she also liked to make homemade dolls, sew and knit. Most importantly, something she did was make the famous Hernandez tamales, which the whole town enjoyed.
Modie was a very hard working woman and was known as the “tamale lady.” She was very loved and respected by so many people. She always made sure there was a warm home to go to for all her family and food to eat. Something she would ask the minute you walked through her door was whether you were hungry. There would always be something warming up on the stove. If you didn’t make you a plate to eat right away, she would continue to ask you over and over until you did.
By her side every moment for the last year of her life were her grandson Jimmy Jr. and her granddaughter Gaylena. Grandma, you are the matriarch of our family, and will always and forever be in our hearts. Now you can rest in peace and have no more pain. We are sure you and the whole family had a huge New Year’s party the day you entered into Heaven. We will all miss you so very much.
She also was visited by many other family members and friends, including a few people from the church who would stop by every Sunday to give her communion since she was not strong enough to go to church.
Survivors include her sister, Dora Gallegos; her son, Victor Hernandez; 11 grandkids; 18 great-grand kids; and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doreteo Hernandez; her father and mother, Ben and Domatila Chavez; one sister, Rose; two brothers, Ralph and Margarito; three sons, Teddy, Jimmy and Eddie; and a daughter-in-law, Barbara.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.