In 1948 Mrs. Heck visited Europe when the region was recovering from the ravages of World War II. She toured communist Poland, Czechoslovakia and a Belgian refugee camp, searching out relatives of a friend.
She later created and managed the interior design department of Imperial Stores for nearly two decades after being lured from her own El Centro store, Modern Home, in 1953. During her years with Imperial Stores she managed the Blythe and El Centro stores and oversaw the rebuilding and stocking of the Yuma and Calexico stores after they burned.
"She was a natural merchant. Wherever she went, business increased. She was a marvel in getting things done. She was like a member of our family," said Phillip Heald, president of Imperial Stores.
Mrs. Heck rehabilitated the Borrego store during her last three years with the firm before retiring. She retired to Leisure World from 1972-1988 and then moved into Frederika Manor in Chula Vista.
She was a highly experienced world traveler, visiting Mexico five times, Europe four times and China when it first opened to Americans in 1979.
She was well-known in the Valley, having decorated many homes for Valleyites.
She was preceded in death by her son, Donald Ray "Sonny" Heck, in 1934.
Survivors include her nephew, Sumnar Offill of Sacramento; niece, Diane Offill of Long Beach; and grand-nephew, David Heck of Canoga Park.
The family suggests contributions be sent to the Mildred Heck Memorial Scholarship Fund at Imperial Valley College.
PRISCILLA LUCIO REZA
Services were Jan. 11 in Patterson Covenant Church in Patterson for Priscilla Lucio Reza, 65, of Patterson, a former Brawley resident who died Jan. 8 in Memorial Medical Center in Modesto.
Mrs. Reza was born Aug. 24, 1935, in Anaheim. She moved to Brawley at a young age and attended schools there. She graduated from Brawley Union High School. She later moved to Patterson, residing there for 48 years. She was a floor lady for Patterson Frozen Food for 32 years.
She was a member of Patterson Covenant Church.
Survivors include her husband, Manuel Rios Reza of Patterson; sons, Steve and Ronnie Reza, both of Patterson, and Eric Reza of Turlock; mother, Bernice C. Lucio of Brawley; brothers, Joe Lucio of Brawley and David Lucio of Ben Lomond; sisters, Becky Brown and Eunice Hillburn, both of Brawley, Jennie Keber of Palm Desert, Kelly Rubio of Santa Ana, Polli Castañeda of Merced and Geri Lucio of Orange; and 10 grandchildren.