Chapel Services for Anita Mendez Arriaga, 81, were held on July 23 at Smith Family Chapel of Exeter. She died on July 17 in a Fresno Hospital.

She was born in the state of Texas to Tomas and Catarina Martinez on September 17, 1922. She came to Farmersville area and worked as a farm laborer a number of years and was a loving mother to her children raising a big family. She had time to garden and loved her travels to Washington. She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church of Farmersville.

She is preceded in death by sons, Frank Mendez and Ruben Arriaga and sister, Simona Carabello.

She is survived by her son, Fred of Texas; five daughters, Kathy Mendez of Farmersville, Hope Heflin and Janie Laney of Visalia, Mary Grasso of Washington, Linda Perez of Nebraska; three brothers, Gomecindo Martinez of Arizona, Apolinar Martinez of Texas, and Thomas Martinez of Visalia; and 23 grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements were under the direction of Smith Family Chapel of Exeter.

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