Mervia M. Wells

January 02, 2001

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Mervia M. Wells, 92, of Brawley, who died Saturday in Imperial Oasis in Brawley. The Rev. James Rozmus of First Baptist Church of Brawley will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Wells was born July 7, 1908, in Tecumseh, Okla. She moved to the Imperial Valley at age 16. She was a longtime employee at White Cross Pharmacy in Brawley.

She was a member of the Pioneers Memorial Hospital auxiliary for many years and enjoyed working in the hospital's gift shop. She was an active member of the Women's Community Club of Brawley for decades. She loved to crochet and grow flowers, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Watson; and son, James "Bill" Watson.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Kay Peek of Billings, Mont.; sister, Geneva Williams of Brawley; daughter-in-law, Betty Jo Watson of El Centro; grandchildren and spouses, Sandy and Mike Kearney of El Centro, Pam and John Neudecker of Concord, Cheryl and Rod Foster of Brawley, Cathy and David Ross of Imperial, Tanya and Delfino Matus of El Centro, Monica and Tom Witten of Billings and David and Lucinda Peek of Newport.



Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in First Southern Baptist Church in Holtville for Faye Forsmark, 64, of Holtville, who died Friday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Her brother, Bruce Campbell of Hawaii and the reverends Richard Moore and Mike Johnson, both of Holtville, will officiate.

Mrs. Forsmark was born Feb. 20, 1936, in Holtville. She attended local schools and graduated from Holtville High School. She moved to Wellsburg, W.Va., then returned to Holtville. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Forsmark was a foster parent and loved caring for children during Bible studies at Turning Point Ministries in Holtville, according to family.

Survivors include her mother, Bernice Campbell of Holtville; son, Scott Satterfield of McAlester, Okla.; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Tom Cawthon of Wellsburg, W.Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Margie Campbell of Hawaii; sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Doug Ferguson of Holtville; sister, Nancy Cartee of Holtville; and four grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Turning Point Ministries, 975 Figueroa Ave., Holtville, CA 92250.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Keith Savage, 96, of Holtville, who died Friday at the Yuma Nursing Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Holtville United Methodist Church at the corner of Seventh Street and Pine Avenue with the Rev. Jamie Dollins officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Savage was born July 29, 1904, in Topeka, Kan. He moved to Holtville in 1923 after receiving a letter from his brother-in-law, the late Roy Thompson, asking if he would be interested in working as a teller at the First National Bank of Holtville. He stayed with the bank for 43 years, retiring as bank president in 1966.

Mr. Savage married Ruth Marquand on Aug. 6, 1930, in Ogallah, Kan. They celebrated their 70th anniversary five months ago. Following their retirement they traveled extensively. They particularly liked the New England states and made three visits there. They visited Hawaii and Europe twice and went to Australia, where they attended a Rotary International convention. They visited New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand and the Indonesian islands.

Mr. Savage was mayor of Holtville for a two-year term, spent two years as president of the Holtville Chamber of Commerce and four years as a chamber director. He served one term as master of the Masonic Lodge and was head of the local listening post during World War II. For many years he served as treasurer of the Holtville United Methodist Church. He was a life member of Parent Teachers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Savage of Holtville; son and daughter-in-law Dick and Jacqueline Savage of El Cajon, and son Mike of Cathedral City; nephews Ray Rademaker, George Hairop, Jim Marquand, Dennis Marquand, Larry Marquand, Gerry Marquand and Carroll Marquand; nieces Dorothy Sellers, Wendy Pitchess, Judy Snider and Roberta Omlin; sisters-in-law Juanita Marquand, Pauline Marquand and Ethel Marquand; grandchildren David Savage, Debra Schwendinger, Michelle Leightner, Stacy Taylor and Shari Kint, and 15 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Holtville United Methodist Church.

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