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Billy Ray York

February 14, 2001

No services were conducted for Billy Ray York, 81, of El Centro, who died Feb. 3 in his home.

Mr. York was born Sept. 9, 1919, in Los Angeles and was raised in Brawley. He was a captain of the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He married Lucille Reese in El Centro on July 18, 1957. He worked as a brakesman for Southern Pacific Railroad Co.

He was a member of the El Centro Elks Lodge 1325 for more than 50 years.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille York of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Bill Stadnik of Louisville, Ky.; and granddaughter, Brittany Stadnik of Louisville.

GUADALUPE VARELA

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Guadalupe Varela, 71, of Brawley, who died Monday in Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

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Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret-Mary Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Roque Vano officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Varela was born Dec. 17, 1929, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. She married Vidal Varela in Las Cruces, N.M., on May 12, 1948. She came to the United States in 1950, residing in El Paso, Texas, for 10 years. The Varelas moved to the Imperial Valley in 1960, where they raised their 10 children.

She was preceded in death by her son Vidal Varela Jr. in 1994; and daughter Graciela Varela in 1999.

Survivors include her husband, Vidal Varela of Brawley; daughters, Martha V. Ferrel, Gloria V. Ypina, Lupe V. Torres and Diane V. Moreno, all of Brawley, Silvia Varela of Indio and Terry V. Estrada of Sacramento; and sons, Alfredo Varela of Los Angeles and Guillermo Varela of Brawley.

CONSTANZA LEON DE COSIO

Mass was celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday in Almater Dolorosa Catholic Church in Mexicali for Constanza Leon de Cosio, 81, of Calexico, who died Feb. 7 in her home.

Burial was in Jardin de la Esperanza in Mexicali.

Mrs. Leon de Cosio was born Jan. 1, 1920, in Durango, Mexico. She lived in Calexico for more than 15 years.

Survivors include her husband, Jose Cosio of Calexico; daughter-in-law, Yolanda Lucero of Calexico; grandchildren, Hector Lucero of Riverside, Christina Lucero of Calexico and Victor Lucero of San Bernardino; sister, Rita Espinoza of Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico; and nephews, Hector, Rafael and Manuel, all of Tijuana, Martina of Mexicali and Saul, Antonio and Lourdes Montenegro, all of Torreon.

PILAR J. SEGURA

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville for Pilar J. Segura, 66, of Bakersfield, who died Sunday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph's with the Rev. Jorge Moreno of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Segura was born Dec. 5, 1934, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, and was raised in Mexicali. He moved to Los Angeles in 1962. He moved to Holtville in 1973, where he lived for 25 years before moving to Bakersfield in 1998. He worked as a farmer for many years for various employers including Brady Farms.

He was preceded in death by his son, Juan Segura on Sept. 2, 1999.

Survivors include his wife, Tomasa Segura of Bakersfield; children, Martha Ornelas, Maria Teresa PiƱuelas and Arturo and Sergio Segura, all of Bakersfield; brother, Jesus Segura of Holtville; and sisters, Rosa Segura of Los Angeles and Elisa Segura of Mexicali.

FAUSTINO V. PADRON

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Faustino V. Padron, 90, of El Centro, who died Monday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro with the Rev. Barry Vinyard officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Padron was born Feb. 15, 1910, in the Philippines. He lived in the Imperial Valley for the past 43 years and last worked for Harry Singh Farms. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and served from 1942-1946.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He also was a member of the Legionarios Del Trabajo in America Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Sabina Padron of El Centro; son, Antonio Padron of Santa Ana; daughters, Rosalind Guerrero of El Centro, Clara Padron of Chula Vista and Imelda Hopton of San Clemente; and nine grandchildren.

JO NELL SWEETLAND

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Jo Nell Sweetland, 69, of El Centro, who died Saturday in Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Sweetland was born Sept. 22, 1931, in Earth, Texas. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1961. She married Kenneth Sweetland, on Oct. 8, 1963. and was a homemaker and child-care provider for more than 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Sweetland, on June 29, 1980.

Survivors include her daughter, Wanda Parker of Eastlake; sister, Midget Richards of El Centro; brother, Howard Rice of Brawley; grandsons, Jordan Saasta and Dylan Parker; both of Eastlake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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