July 25, 1959-August 23, 2017
Olimpia R. Zataray left this world for a better place on August 23, 2017 after a 5 year battle with cancer. Born July 25, 1959 in Juchipila, Zacatecas, Mexico, she would meet the love of her life as children and through this friendship, a love that would span over 40 years would blossom. Olimpia would marry her best friend, Jose de Jesus at age 16 and seek a better life in the U.S. Together they would become staples of the community and raise a family all the while maintaining the love that will not be broken. Olimpia was many things to many people and always placing others’ needs before her own as well as preaching her faith in her Lord. She is undoubtedly irreplaceable to the Elko community and will be missed by all those she reached.
Olimpia was a fixture in the community constantly searching for new ways to help her fellow man. She found outlets through the Committee Against Domestic Violence and Family Resource agencies as well as St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Her deep faith as a Catholic was seen through her selfless acts in interpreting and other community outreach endeavors. She was the type of person that would see a hungry stranger eat before she would eat. Always giving to the community, she impacted so many people through the many tasks she undertook.
The growing faith in generosity that she believed in led her to meet and befriend many people. Her initiative to start up her own business never pulled her away from her friends and family. She would be seen in her shop welcoming her many friends with a roarous hello and glowing smile all the while tending to her youngest son and many grandchildren. Her friends would be with her on the trips to Reno for business where she would help interpret, and in prayers in a multitude of groups of friends. Her friends never left her alone.
The matriarch and rock of the family that saw her raise 8 children. Her 16 grandchildren were always a motivation to keep fighting the good fight even when her cancer was diagnosed for the first time. She was passionate about her family reaching their potential, seeking their dreams out and never settling for anything less. Her work ethic and unselfishness were the focal points of her family. The family remembers her most for her heart, fight, faith and unconditional love. She is survived by her husband and best friend Jose de Jesus, her children Bertha, Jorge, Suzana, Beatriz, Jesus, Matthew, Luke and Alfredo C., and her grandchildren Anthony, Christian, Jose Daniel, Christina, Alicia, Davien, Amy Elizabeth, Maritza, Trasyn, Gabriela, Isaiah Julian, Briella, Sofia, Arianna Beatriz, Elysian, and Lilyanna Esperanza.
The Zataray family would like to thank both the Elko, Spring Creek and surrounding communities for their continued support, love and prayers.