April 1, 1994 — Jan. 3, 2014
Yesica Ashley Olivos passed away on Jan. 3, 2014.
Yesica was born and raised in Walla Walla and attended school at Blue Ridge Elementary, Garrison Middle School, Walla Walla High School and Walla Walla Community College, where she took business classes to fulfill her dream of having her own beauty salon.
As a child Yesica played soccer and softball. She loved to jog, enjoying the freedom of the open road. She loved Spanish country music, dancing, karaoke, poetry and creative writing. In high school she participated in Science Bowl and Latino Club.
Family, friends, teachers and classmates remember Yesica as very smart and mature for her age. She did not judge others but rather treated them with kindness, respect and compassion. She often stood up for people who needed her help. She was a leader, a hard worker and a good student. Her parents always encouraged her and her two sisters to work hard, help others and be respectful.
One of her classmates called her “an angel” and posted a note on Facebook saying that in school Yesica was “the only person who didn’t look at me funny or make me feel so far from my home planet. You brought me out into the sunshine when all I knew was life under a bridge.”
Yesica loved visiting Mexico, where her mother and father were born. On a recent visit to Morelia, Mexico, her father’s birthplace, she brought home a pink leather belt, pink cowboy boots and a pink cowgirl hat, an outfit that symbolized her love of life, her love of family and her love of Mexico.
She enjoyed vacationing in her mother’s hometown, Parra, in the region of Guanajuato, Mexico, and hoped to live there someday and raise a family with four or five children.
Her young cousins adored her. Yesica had a gift with young children for she had the patience, kindness, calmness, sense of playfulness and “goofy” humor that children love. She and her younger sister, Teresa, loved to bake cookies and cupcakes for their cousins and they liked to say that even when they got older, they would always have a young soul. (Yesica’s favorite foods were pickles and arroz con leche.)
Yesica’s grandmother, Abuelita, was very special to her and she loved hugging her whenever they were together; she also adored her grandfathers, Enrique and Sebastian. She cherished her parents, Gloria and Juan; her sisters, Juliette and Teresa; her cousin, Karla, her Tia Concha and Tio Martin; and all her cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as her long-haired Chihuahua, Michael, 16. She liked to say that if she wasn’t able to have her own family, she would have a dog farm instead.
“She symbolized the light and unity of our family,” her older sister, Juliette, remembers, “helping us realize the importance of being happy. She helped me become a better, more confident person, through her example. I always wanted to be like my little sister. She lived a beautiful life.”
Her mother, Gloria, remembers how Yesica always wanted to be close to her as a child. And because people would always tell Yesica that she looked like her mother, she told her that they were “twins.”
Her father, Juan, will always remember Yesica’s happy smile and her big, beautiful eyes.
Yesica will always be remembered by her family and friends as a loving daughter, a caring sister, an adoring cousin, a cherished granddaughter and niece, and a loving, compassionate human being.
Yesica was predeceased by her grandparents, Enrique and Ernestina Olivos.
Donations can be made to the Olivos Family at Baker Boyer Bank.