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Vita Jimenez June 15, 1925 - Sept. 7, 2009

WILLMAR -- Vita Jimenez, 84, of Willmar, died Monday at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home with a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. and for one hour prior to the service at the church.

She was born June 15, 1925, in Indio, Calif., to Pablo and Petra (Olvera) Garcia. She grew up and attended school in the Indio area. The family moved to Zacatecas, Mexico, when she was about 11. For several years, she worked in California and in Mexico as a migrant worker with her brother.

She married Manuel Jimenez and they lived in Juarez, Mexico. She moved to Litchfield in 1989 and to Willmar in 1994. She was a member of the Church of St. Mary.

She is survived by her children: Juan (and Josefina) Jimenez of Litchfield, Manuel (and Eugenia) Jimenez of Albuquerque, N.M., Adrian (and Joanne) Jimenez of Willmar, Jose Luis Jimenez of Willmar, Rafael (and Magdalena) Jimenez of Litchfield, Hortencia Sanchez of Baja California, Mexico and Rosario (and Daniel) Ibarra of Litchfield; 33 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1999; children: Francisco, Rosalva and Leticia; a son-in-law: Antonio Sanchez; three brothers; and two sisters.