William Dean Curry

January 12, 2001

Memorial services were Nov. 13 in Allen Mortuary in Turlock for Willard Dean Curry, 74, of Turlock, who died Nov. 7 in Turlock.

Mr. Curry was born May 22, 1926, in Holtville. He attended El Centro schools and graduated from Central Union High School in 1944.

He was owner of the Atlantic Richfield service station on Main Street in Turlock for 26 years and was active in the community. He was elected to the Turlock High School board, serving from 1970 to 1978.

Mr. Curry was a volunteer firefighter with the Turlock Fire Department, serving 16 years, and participated in scouting activities including as scoutmaster of Troop 22.


Mr. Curry was a member of the Masonic Lodge 395, Stockton Scottish Rite and Eastern Star. He also served as past president of the Aahmes Shrine Club.

As a businessman, Mr. Curry participated in the Exchange Club. He also was active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Mr. Curry enjoyed collecting and his collecting interests included included cars, coins and stamps.

He will be remembered for his kindness in extending a helping hand to those in need, according to those who knew him.

Survivors include his children, Dean Curry of Vallejo, Sherrie Curry of Tracy, Denise Eggers of Benecia, Don Curry of Oakley and Dan Curry of Turlock; brother, William Curry of Ceres; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Services will be private for Dorothy Evelyn Edlin, 90, of Imperial, who died Thursday in Valencia Palms Nursing Center in Indio.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Edlin was born Aug. 11, 1910, in Kansas. She married George William Edlin in Nara Visa, N.M., on May 30, 1929. She worked as an operator for American Telephone and Telegraph for 25 years.

She was a member of Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George William Edlin, on Nov. 25, 1986; and son George William Edlin Jr. on Jan. 31, 1999.

Survivors include her son, Ray Edlin of Palm Desert; brother, Oscar Gragg Jr. of Roswell, N.M.; sisters, Grace Hufines and Cecilia Reed, both of Amarillo, Texas; and six grandchildren.


Family services will be private for Drexel C. Cooper, 88, of San Diego, who died Sunday in San Diego.

Burial will be Saturday in Desert Memorial Lawn Park in Yuma.

Mr. Drexel was born on June 6, 1912, in Yuma. He was a longtime employee of Imperial Stores. His first job was as a salesman at the Yuma Imperial Stores and then as manager at the Indio Imperial Stores until 1956, when he moved to El Centro. He later became vice president and merchandise manager of Imperial Stores, retiring in 1980.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was stationed in China.

He was a charter member and president of the Indio Rotary Club and was an active member of the El Centro Rotary Club.

Survivors include his nephews, Bob and Renae Bourdet of the San Francisco area; and cousins, Frank Cooper and Zona Brandt, both of Yuma, and Mabel Barnard of Encinitas.


Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Christian Church in Brawley for Robert T. Boatwright, 85, of Brawley, who died Wednesday in Valley Convalescent Hospital in Brawley. Pastor Daryl Miller will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Boatwright was born May 12, 1915, in Texas. He served in the U.S. Army and Air Force from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. He moved to the Imperial Valley in 1948 from the Sacramento area.

He married Phyllis Hamilton in First Christian Church in Brawley in 1968. He worked several years at the old county hospital and retired from the maintenance department of El Centro Regional Medical Center after many years of service.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Boatwright, in 1976.

Survivors include his step-children and spouses, Ham and Tammie Hamilton, Jim and Fernanda Hamilton and Joyce and Darrell Ramey, all of Brawley, Jess and Erica Hamilton of Texas, Wanda and Danny Graham of Pine Creek and Joe and Mel Manees of Calipatria; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

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