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RACHEL R. ARMSTRONG Nov. 14, 1932 - Apr. 9, 2014 Rachel R. Armstrong, 82 of Brawley passed away surrounded by her three daughters on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. She was born November 14, 1931 to Dionicio and Alberta Ramirez of Brawley. On December 30, 1949, she married Eddie B. Armstrong in Yuma, AZ. with whom she had seven children. She and Eddie traveled regularly to visit family and enjoy vacations. She enjoyed dancing and supporting Eddie's hobby as a local musician. Rachel worked as a homemaker and hairdresser completing high school and some college, but her first love was family. She committed most of her life to raising her children and watching her grandchildren and great grandchildren grow and reminding them to constantly strive higher and develop their full potential. Rachel was a lively lady enjoying time with family and friends going to movies, playing bingo and the occasional trip to the casino. Throughout her life she enjoyed crafting, crocheting, knitting, sewing and often making clothes and special items for her children and grandchildren. Later in life she picked up quilting and in her years made a number of keepsakes for her children and grandchildren to cherish for generations. She regularly participated in bingo and activities at the Brawley Senior Citizens Center, where she leaves behind a number of great friends. She is preceded in death by husband, Eddie; sons, Eddie Jr., Ronnie, Eddie R. and Richard. She is survived by her daughters, Yvonne "Bonnie" Wernecke and son-in-law Stephen of Cross Roads, Texas, Katherine "Katy" Lopez and son-in-law Tony of Calipatria, CA. and Stephanie Armstrong of Imperial, CA.; grandchildren, Erin Hollis, Melissa M. Lopez, Antonio Lopez Jr., Richard Armstrong Jr., Renny Currin, Jocelynne Medenwaldt, Morgan Verwer, Belinda Armstrong, Gabriella Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong and Alejandro Armstrong; as well as great-grandchildren, Alicia, Adalyn, Analissa, Alexus and Aiden. "I had a good husband, a good family and a good life. Better than I ever expected, I am grateful." – Rachel R. Armstrong, 2014. Viewing will be held at Frye Chapel in Brawley on Wednesday, April 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a short ceremony to take place at 3:30 p.m. by Pastor Ron Griffen, Lead Pastor, First United Methodist Church of El Centro. Read Obituary
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JOSE O. CARRILLO Aug. 18, 1932 - Apr. 6, 2014 Jose O. Carrillo, 81, of Brawley, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014. He was born August 18, 1932 in Jalisco, Mexico and was married to the love of his life Maria R. Carrillo for 58 years. He adored his wife, children and grandchildren. He was employed with Ruegger & Ruegger for over 40 years until retirement. He was an active parishioner of St. Margaret Mary Church. His involvement at this parish included being a lector, eucharistic minister and a member of Guadalupano Group for over 30 years. He helped establish the Traditional Posadas at St. Margaret Mary Church. He loved watching baseball especially his favorite team the Dodgers. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley with Rosary being said at 7 p.m. Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 9 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church in Brawley. Burial will immediately follow at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. He was survived by his loving wife, Maria R. Carrillo of Brawley; son and daughters, Joe (Maria) Carrillo of Brawley, Alma (Alfonso) Gonzalez of Westmorland, Betty Carrillo (Leroy Galvan) of Texas, Maura (Tony) Ferrel of Brawley, Patti (Don) Fehrer of Washington, Monica (Manuel) Oliveros of San Diego; grandchildren, Christina Gonzalez (Rudy Prado) of San Diego, Alfonso Gonzalez of Phoenix, Lydia Ferrel of San Diego, Claudia (Justin) Wingate of Brawley, Jamie and Joseph Carrillo of Brawley, Andrew Galvan of Sonoma, Samantha Galvan of Texas, Victoria Hayes of Washington and Isabella Oliveros of San Diego. Go in peace with the Lord, you will be forever missed, loved and remembered. We love you Pop! The family suggests memorials be sent to: American Cancer Society Cancer Resource of the Desert or St. Margaret Mary Church in Brawley. Read Obituary
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GLORIA GAY Oct. 28, 1916 - Mar. 30, 2014 Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26, in the El Centro First Christian Church for Gloria Ann Gay, 97, who died March 30 in El Centro. FCC associate Pastor Mark Jones and The Rev. Sandra Bowen, former pastor of the El Centro First Presbyterian Church will be officiating and there will be a private burial at a later date in Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma. Gloria was born October 28, 1916 in Washington D.C., the same year her father Dr. I.W. Jacobs began what would become a 30-year Navy career as a medical officer. Gloria, an only child, would travel extensively with her father and her mother Hulda as they moved to various duty stations. In her early teens, between 1928 and 1930, Gloria lived in Nicaragua, while her father served as a medical officer with the U.S. Marine Expeditionary Force there. She returned to the United States for her high school years and in 1931 through 1932, attended high school in Washington D.C. Her family moved to Staten Island, N.Y. in 1933 and she graduated from high school there in in 1934. Gloria spent her freshman year in college at Smith College, a private women's liberal arts college in North Hampton, MA. In 1935, she joined her family in a trip across the continent by car when her father was transferred to San Diego. Gloria then entered Pomona College in Pomona, where she graduated with honors in 1938 with a Bachelor's Degree in English. She spent the World War II years working for a bank in the San Diego area and was married October 13, 1945 to Lin Alexander (Alex) Gay just as he was completing his Navy duty. Gloria's father In 1952, Gloria and Alex, who were living in Fletcher Hills at the time, joined together with Alex's sister Cynthia and her husband Mort to help found the Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Church. Gloria and Alex moved to El Centro in 1954. Gloria, who had been a stay-at-home mom, began her teaching career in 1956-about the same time younger son Jim started first grade. She began her teaching career at Eucalyptus School, a country school west of El Centro, and then spent several years teaching at Seeley School. She moved on to the El Centro Elementary School District in the 1960s where she taught first grade at Margaret Hedrick, De Anza and Washington School. Gloria retired from her teaching career in 1982 after 25 years in the classroom. And 1982 was the year she began her second career-as a volunteer and avid bridge player. She was active with the El Centro First Presbyterian Church-and later the EL Centro First Christian Church, the El Centro Regional Medical Center Auxiliary ("Pink Ladies"), the El Centro Women's Club and P.E.O. Bridge tournaments and lots of travel with Alex and after his death, with friends, punctuated her second career. Gloria also was deeply involved in music throughout her life. She was a founding member of the Imperial Valley Master Chorale and performed with that group for more than 13 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Irving and Hulda Jacobs; husband, Alex and son, Jim. Gloria is survived by her son, Bill (Sue), El Centro; daughter in law Jan Gay, Williamsburg, Va.; grandchildren Katharine (Greg) Verwer, El Centro; John (Kitty) Gay, El Centro and Andrea (Scott) West, Omaha, Neb.; seven great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Heart and Hand Assisted Living in El Centro for its loving and professional care of Gloria in her final years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Imperial Valley Choral Society, P.O. Box 3531, El Centro, Ca. 92244. Read Obituary
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MARIA HILDA MARQUEZ Nov. 27, 1949 - Apr. 2, 2014 Maria Hilda Marquez, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away of natural causes Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the age of 64, surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 27, 1949 in Brawley and was married to Hector Manuel Marquez. Maria Hilda graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1968 and received her Associates degree in business from Imperial Valley College. In 1985 she began her career as a para-educator with Brawley Elementary School District. She touched the lives of many kindergarteners at Hidalgo and Witter schools for 23 years before retiring in 2008. Maria Hilda enjoyed reading, working on puzzles, drawing and sewing. She also enjoyed listening and dancing to "oldies but goodies" and cumbias. Her most treasured moments were spent with and around her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Maria del Refugio Magdaleno. Maria Hilda is survived by her father, Jose Magdaleno; husband of 43 years, Hector Marquez Sr.; daughters, Anna Urias and son-in-law, Ralph Urias and Maritza Marquez Lopez; sons, Hector Marquez Jr. and Martin Marquez; sisters, Rosa and Becky Magdaleno; brother, Joe Magdaleno; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaugh- ter. Visitation and rosary will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, April 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Church in Brawley with Father Eddie Ruiz officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Riverview Cemetery, also in Brawley. Read Obituary
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OTTO FRANCIS LOW 1931 - 2014 Otto Francis Low was born in Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1931 and passed from this world on April 13, 2014 in San Diego. He attended schools in Wyoming and went to Eastern Montana State University where he played basketball. He married Patsy Burke and they had three children. Otto served in the United States Air Force as a tail gunner in the Korean War. After the war, he returned to school to complete his degree and became a teacher and coach at Big Piney High School in Big Piney, Wyoming. He taught English and physical education and coached three sports. He had basketball teams that were Conference champs in 1961 and District and Conference champs in 1962, '63, '64 and 65'. His teams won three State championships in eight man football. Otto was at Big Piney for twelve years before coming to El Centro and Central Union High School in the '67 - '68 school year. At Central he coached football, basketball, baseball, and softball at various levels, winning a number of championships. In softball, he won no CIF titles but had three final four slots. Otto has been inducted into the Imperial Valley Football Coaches' Hall of Fame - the third coach awarded this honor in the school's history. He was named Coach of the Year at the high school level seven times and was Coach of the Year for the Pacific Coast Conference (softball) at the junior college level once. In 2010 Otto was selected as the first coach to be inducted into the Big Piney Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. During his tenure at Central, he was physical education department head multiple times and served as a negotiator for the El Centro Secondary Teachers' Association as well. Otto enjoyed being outside and spent some of his better moments with friends on the golf course. Otto married his wife, Judy, in 1984. She and the entire family miss him greatly but know that he is in a better place now where he can breathe easier and move with freedom. He is survived by Judy, his wife of 30 years; daughters, Pam (Cliff) Kirkpatrick; Cindy (Mike) Pacheco; son, Steve (Charlene) Low; grandsons, Lance (Mindy) Cheatwood, Brian Kirkpatrick and Raymond (Kelly) Kirkpatrick; grand-daughter, Alexis Pacheco and great-grandchildren, Whitney and Tysen Cheatwood and Kylie Kirkpatrick. A celebration of life will be held in his honor on Saturday, April 19 at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in El Centro. The family suggests that donations in lieu of flowers be sent to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 6439 Americus, GA 31709-6439 or Mooseheart Child City & School, Inc.; Mooseheart, IL 60539. Read Obituary
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HENREY LEROY "ROY" ROOD Jul. 17, 1921 - Apr. 1, 2014 Henry LeRoy "Roy" Rood, 92, passed away on April 1, 2014 after briefly being hospitalized with pneumonia. His son, Michael, was at his side when he went to join his beloved wife, Barbara, in heaven. Roy lived in rural Calexico for 87 years. He was born in Coos Bay, Oregon on July 17, 1921, the son of late Vernon and Cora Gates Rood. He was one of four boys. Roy lived for the first five years of his life on a dairy farm on the Coos River. His family moved to the Imperial Valley in about 1926 to join his mother's father who had moved here from Canada to farm. Roy's parents built and ran a dairy and farm east of Calexico where Roy and his brothers grew up milking cows and working on the farm. Roy attended Jasper Elementary School and Calexico High School. During high school, he met the love of his life, Barbara Maddox. They were married on April 4, 1943 in Yuma, Arizona. Roy served in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946. During that time, he attended officer's training school and became a Navigator/Bombardier and achieved the rank of Lieutenant. Roy was a devoted husband and loving father of two children, Rebecca and Michael. While raising their children, Roy and Barbara ran a family farm east of Calexico for over twenty years. After the children were grown and in college, he became the manager of Northrup King Seed Company in Imperial, CA and upon retiring sold real estate for several years. . For many years, Roy enjoyed hiking, camping, and backpacking in the desert, mountains, and Baja with his son, Mike. He rode motorcycles and "quads" on just about every trail in the Imperial Valley - well into his eighties! Mike taught his dad to fly his "ultra light" aircraft, and Roy flew many hours from their home near Calexico. Roy and Barbara also enjoyed family motor home trips in the desert with Rebecca and Mike and their families. There were many good times sitting around the campfire and under the stars. All of these memories and more will be cherished by his family. Roy was an active member of the community. He was a Little League coach, he served on the Jasper Elementary School Board, he was a volunteer docent for ten years at the Pioneer Museum, he was a member of the Calexico Elk's Club, the Calexico Masonic Lodge, and the Calexico Rotary Club. He served as president of the Rotary Club, and he helped organize the club's Annual Crab Crack Fundraiser Dinner for many years. Roy was preceded in death by Barbara, his beloved wife of seventy years, brothers, Howard, Robert, and Vernon. He is survived by daughter Rebecca Beaver and her husband Edward of Escondido, CA; son Michael Rood and his wife Nancy of rural Calexico, CA.; and grandson John Beaver and his wife Kristine of Seattle, WA. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hems Brothers Mortuary in El Centro. A graveside memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. View Cemetery located at 895 Scaroni Rd., Calexico with Rev. Dr. Ron Griffen officiating. A luncheon will follow at the Rood family home of 65 years in rural Calexico. Please come and help celebrate the life of Roy Rood and family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Roy's name may be made to the Calexico Rotary Club or the Imperial Valley Pioneer Museum. Roy touched many lives as a wonderful son, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, community member, and friend. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who were blessed to be a part of his life. Read Obituary
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