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Voice: Three who will be missed

January 06, 2001

This past year three very special people passed away and left an empty space in our hearts. All three were simple people filled with love and compassion for their families and friends.

Jordan Mora was a dedicated artist, gardener, cook and friend to all he met. I first met him when I worked in the library at Imperial Valley College. He would come in looking for pictures to paint or to visit. His memorial services filled the church to overflowing. He wasn't famous nor a big business man or a politician. People of all walks of life came to bid him farewell.

Joe Pitones was the "tool man" in the auto shop at IVC. He knew his tools and he knew his students. He was respected by all who knew him. He was the father of a large and loving family. The chapel was full to overflowing at his services, too.


Last but not least is Joyce Thompson, also known as "Joyce the Voice" to all who worked with her at the water control office at the Imperial Irrigation District. She was the first woman dispatcher and soon knew all who called in by their voice if not their identifying number.

Nicky Garcia, a very young neighbor, climbed out the window of his home to run across the alley to have breakfast with grandma Joyce while wearing his cape and boxer shorts. Joyce was always upbeat and cheerful. She, too, had people from all walks of life at her services.

These were three very special people and we will certainly miss them. We need more just like them.


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