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Yolanda Reina-Guerra

Milta Yolanda Reina-Guerra was born July 31 1936 in Santa Ana, El Salvador to Armando Kessels and Imelda de Trinidad Kessels. She died September 2, 2015 of natural causes. Yoli was the second of eight children. After beginning her higher education to become an economist in El Salvador, she married Mario Reina-Guerra Sr. and immigrated to the United States in 1961. After moving to Davis California, Mario and Yoli had three children, Ana Yolanda, Maria Imelda, and Mario Armando Jr. During those early years of marriage, Yoli devoted herself to being a mother and learning English. During the 70's Yoli gained employment in a private medical office, and later worked for the UC system, first at the UC Medical Center in Sacramento in pediatrics, and later for the Global Livestock department in Davis. After recovering from breast cancer, Yoli studied to become a massage therapist, eventually working for Massage Envy in Davis. She immensely enjoyed conversations with family, friends, strangers on the bus and anyone who would listen to a good joke. She loved to learn and was always reading books. Yoli was active for many years in the Soroptomists, and was a dedicated member of St. James Catholic Church. One of Yoli's greatest joys was spending time with her seven grandchildren; telling stories, jokes and asking questions. She is survived by: daughters Ana Buthe of Portland, Oregon, Mimi Ruby of Visalia, California and son Mario Reina- Guerra of Davis, California; siblings Conchita, Elizabeth, Ruth, Sonia, Armando and Mario; grandchildren: Amanda, Becca, Malia, Alan, Heather, Davis and Abby. Yolanda was preceded in death by husband, Mario Sr. and her youngest brother Edmundo. Services celebrating Yolanda's life: September 7 at Smith Funeral Home in Davis - Public viewing 5-7 PM and Prayer Vigil (Rosary) 7 PM. Catholic Mass 10 AM, September 8 at St. James.

Previous Events

Visitation
Monday, September 7, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home - Davis

116 D Street
Davis, CA 95616

Rosary
Monday, September 7, 2015
7:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home - Davis

116 D Street
Davis, CA 95616

Mass of Christian Burial
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
10:00 AM
St. James Catholic Church

1275 B Street
Davis, CA 95616



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I am so sorry and saddened to learn of Yolanda's passing. She was a great woman, mother, grandmother and friend. I will treasure the memories of the many moments we shared. My love to her children and grandchildren. Yaya Tang Feldman

Y Tang Feldman Sep 6 2015 12:00 AM