Longtime Lyle, Wash., resident, Hermelinda “Hermi” Archuleta, 82, died at her home June 11, 2013.
She was born Oct. 30, 1930, in El Capomo, Nayarit, Mexico. She attended the University of Guadalajara Autonoma, where she earned her nursing degree in 1955. She was one of the first 13 RNs sent by the Mexican government to Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, raising the standard of health care in Northern Mexico.
She met Ernie Archuleta of Klickitat, Wash., while both were vacationing in PuertoVallarta. They were married in Mexico on Dec. 5, 1957.
In White Salmon she worked as a nurse in Dr. Wayne Henkle’s clinic, then worked 44 years at Skyline Hospital as a registered nurse and lab tech, before earning her certification as a radiology technician.
She was a regular blood donor, earning her 10-gallon pin. As a breast cancer survivor, she participated in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure for several years. When she could no longer walk the 5k, she completed the race in a wheelchair.
She is survived by her children Ernest Archuleta, Tucson, Ariz.; Walter Archuleta, Duvall, Wash.; and Gloria D. Archuleta, San Francisco, Calif.; brother Sebastian Pulido, Mexico; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and siblings Daniel, Jose Manuel and Dolores.
A Rosary and visitation are set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 21, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in White Salmon. The Funeral Mass will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at Laurelbrook, 1270 N. Main Ave., White Salmon, with reception to follow. Visitation will be June 22 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., at Gardner Funeral Home, in White Salmon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Hermelinda’s name to one of the following charities: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society or your local animal shelter.
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