Celia Coronado


February 29, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Celia Melendez Coronado of Humboldt, whose death on Monday and funeral and visitation services were published in Tuesday’s Register, was born on Oct. 21, 1939, in Jimenez, Chihuahua, Mexico, to Mauro Melendez Leyva and Cruz Villa de Melendez. Celia was known as “La Guera” in Mexico and “Sally” in Kansas.

She married Cleto D. Coronado on April 30, 1960. They made their home in Humboldt by May of the same year and enjoyed 51 years of marriage. Together they opened Coronado’s Mexican Restaurant in Iola in October of 1968, where she worked until her illness made her stop in December 2010. She deeply loved her entire family, making trips back to see her Mexico family as often as she could. She considered all her customers and employees part of her family as well, and thoroughly enjoyed serving her friends. Sally’s hours were from 5-ish to 9 p.m. every night.

She was a member of Reachout Christian Center and Faith Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by three children, Gracie and her husband, Rusty Newman, Humboldt, Cleto Jr. and his wife, Kenyan, Iola, and Demetrio Phillip, Humboldt; a brother, Monico Anastacio Melendez “Nacho” and his wife, Connie, Humboldt; a sister, Maria Pilar “La Negra” Melendez de Tarango Jimenez; grandchildren, Jaime and his wife, Jessi, Tessa, Chris, Roni, Caleb, Isiah, Luke, Jayce, Molly, Rustin, Kaleb and Sarah; and two great-grandsons, Ryker and Liam.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, many beloved aunts and uncles and beloved customers.

Rusty Newman will officiate at the funeral service.


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