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Voice: Advice from a senior

June 27, 2001

Approximately 1 a.m. June 5, a precious family treasure passed away.

Today she is resting in peace. She was born In Brownsville, Texas, on July 28, 1915, and married Ramon Gonzales in the early 1930s. She was a proud American Hispanic who took tremendous pride in her hard work ethics, respect for community and protective of family, leaving behind a simple list of words that can easily be applied to all ages who believe that the elderly with their many years of experience have so much to offer. She kept it simple.

"Never wish anyone harm. Pray for people to have what you want. If someone does not ask you for your opinion, and you have nothing nice to say, do not say anything at all. Do not gossip. The word hisses like a snake. Loose lips sink ships. Forgive even if you do not forget, because resentment crushes the spirit, consumes your energy."

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In honor of our mother and all the mothers who have joined the angels, please visit a lonely resident at Royal Convalescent or any home of choice. You will be glad you did, and they will too.

MARY GONZALES BRHEL

Palm Springs

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