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Luis Alberto Palacio

January 21, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight in Bring Funeral Home at 61910 E. Broadway in Tucson for Luis Alberto Palacio, 90, of Tucson, who died Wednesday in Tucson.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church at 1800 S. Kolb Road in Tucson.

Burial will be in Tucson.

Mr. Palacio was born and raised in Calexico. He was a longtime Calexico resident and worked as a manager of the Fox Theater in Calexico. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945.

He was a member of the Elks Club, Calexico Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Zazueta Palacio of Tucson; daughters, Mary Eleanor Hum and Carmen Emilia Smith, both of Tucson, and Alma Alicia Klinger of New Jersey; sons, Luis Jr. and John David Palacio, both of Tucson; and numerous grandchildren.

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BYA W. SPERRY

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in El Camino Memorial Park in San Diego for Bya W. Sperry, 90, of Rancho Santa Fe, a former Calipatria resident, who died Tuesday in Irvine.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. in El Camino Memorial Park & Mortuary in San Diego.

Mrs. Sperry was born June 10, 1910, in Los Angeles and was raised in the Imperial Valley. She married Robert L. Sperry.

The Sperrys were active in civic and community affairs throughout the Imperial Valley. She worked with the Pioneers Memorial Hospital auxiliary in Brawley while Mr. Sperry was on the hospital's Board of Directors. During World War I, the Sperrys helped sponsor many Red Cross and community activities for the troops training east of Niland for Gen. George Patton's North African campaign. The Calipatria schools and Calipatria Community Church benefited considerably from Mrs. Sperry's devoted attention, according to her family.

Mrs. Sperry was involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution, accomplishing the establishment of its De Anza chapter in El Centro, which was later moved to Encinitas. As California state regent, Mrs. Sperry became active in state and national affairs of the DAR. Among other interests was her active membership with the PEO Sisterhood Society for over 50 years. She belonged to chapter PS of Del Mar. She also was a member of the "Save the Redwoods" organization.

The Imperial Valley was always a fond memory for Mrs. Sperry, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sperry, in 1984.

Survivors include her son, Robert Wiest Sperry of Newport Beach; granddaughter, Dr. Margaret J. Sperry of Los Angeles; granddaughter and spouse, Jacqueline Anne and Pete Wilson of Roswell, Ga.; and three great-grandchildren in Roswell.

The family suggests memorials to Pioneers Memorial Hospital and Calipatria Community Church. Memorials to the DAR may be sent to the De Anza chapter to Mrs. Spears, P.O. Box 219, Cardiff-by-the- Sea, CA 92007.

NEIL E. NELSON

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland for Neil E. Nelson of Niland, who died Wednesday in Niland.

Mr. Nelson was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Marshall, Minn., and raised in Granite Falls, Minn., where he attended schools.

Mr. Nelson later graduated from Georgia Tech University. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and served until 1946.

Following his military service, he worked in sales most of his life in the Oakland area. He retired to the Imperial Valley in the early 1990s, settling in Niland.

Mr. Nelson wintered here and spent his summers working in Yellowstone National Park.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Barbara Herlitz, in 1968 and by his daughter, Georgia Pipkin, in 1996.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Christopher Teal of Riverside; sisters, Babe Anthony of Wyoming and Dorothy Harvey of Washington state; and grandchildren, Dalton and Dillon Teal of Riverside and Joy and Barbara Pipkin of San Luis Obispo.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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