Virginia "Gina" Monarez-Solis, 62, was called home to be with our Lord on Wednesday (Aug. 29, 2018). Gina was born in Newton to Aurora and Carlos Monarez on Oct. 4, 1955. She attended both Wichita and Newton schools, graduating from Newton High in 1973. In June of 1981, she married her handsome husband, Joe "Sidewinder" Solis. She loved life and her family. Gina had one daughter, Sheris Solis, because it was obvious she did it right the first time; there was no need to try again. She also had three beautiful grandchildren who were her entire life, Kizah Solis-Rodriguez, Valente Solis Rodriguez (the girls swear she was grandma's favorite) and Kahlea Cooper. Gina worked for many years at Food 4 Less until its closing and then finished her career at Excel Industries in Hesston. Gina was the second of five children and had many nieces and nephews who adored her because she was definitely the "cool" aunt. Gina enjoyed spending time with her family and spent her afternoons on Lakeview Drive, hanging out with family who meant so much to her. She also liked taking trips to Kansas City to see old friends and never missed a Fourth of July tournament in Newton (well, once, and the Fourth of July wasn't the same without her that year). Gina was a tenacious and free spirit, which ultimately means she lived life the way she wanted to and no one could tell her what she was going to do (but in a good, "I am woman, hear me roar" way). She will deeply and forever be missed, but will live on through all who loved her. She is preceded in death by her mother, Aurora Monarez; father, Carlos Monarez; and brother, Vernon Monarez. Gina is survived by husband, Joe R. Solis; daughter, Sheris Solis (Chris Cooper); grandchildren, Kizah, Valente and Kahlea; beloved grandog, Lulu; brother, Vincent Monarez; sister, Victoria Monarez-Malter; and brother, Valen Monarez. The Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 4, 2018), with the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 5, 2018), both at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Newton. Interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Newton. The casket will be open at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home between noon and 5 p.m. Tuesday. A memorial has been established with Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114. Condolences may be left at www.broadwaycolonialfh.com. Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.