ULYSSES — Celia (Sally) Rodriguez, 79, of Ulysses, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, at Bob Wilson Memorial Hospital in Ulysses. She was born May 27, 1940, in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Apolonio and Angelita (Ochoa) Rodriguez.
Sally attended school in San Antonio until the family moved to Ulysses. She married Benny V. Rodriguez on Oct. 22, 1962, in Ulysses. She was a welder at Ansel Manufacturing.
Sally is survived by her children, Rose Mary Blomander, Tony Rodriguez, Romie Salas, Benny Rodriguez and LeRoy Rodriguez, all of Ulysses, and Mike Rodriguez of Dodge City; sister, Virginia Cavasos; brother, Apolonio Rodriguez; sister, Lupe Hernandez; 29 grandchildren; three honorary grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Sally is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Benny V. Rodriguez in 2004; son, Tiofilo Rodriguez; grandson, Tony Rodriguez; brothers, Roman Rodriguez, Vicente Rodriguez and Ignacio Rodriguez; and sisters, Herminia Garza, Elisando Urrea and Victoria Alonzo.
Vigil and rosary service will be at 7 p.m. Friday and funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, both at Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ulysses. Interment will follow at Ulysses Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Garnand Funeral Home in Ulysses.
Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society or American Heart Association in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 405 W. Grant Ave, Ulysses, KS 67880. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.