Rudolph Nogales

February 17, 2001

Services were Jan. 26 in Santa Maria for Rudolph Nogales, 59, of Santa Maria, a former Holtville resident who died of a heart failure Jan. 21 in Visalia Hospital.

Pastor Pablo Perez of Light of the World Church of Santa Maria officiated.

Burial was in Santa Maria Cemetery.

Mr. Nogales was born Aug. 26, 1941, in Phoenix. He attended schools in Holtville before moving to Santa Maria, where he lived for the past 33 years, working as a processor for Union Sugar Co.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Manuel and Frank Nogales; and sister, Maria Moreno.

Survivors include his wife, Carmen Nogales of Santa Maria; sons, Alexander, Ismael and Levi Nogales and Rudy Nogales Jr., all of Santa Maria; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Gema Nogales of Santa Maria; daughters, Marlene and Keila Nogales, both of Santa Maria; grandson Brian Joe Nogales of Santa Maria; sisters, Lupe Acosta, Isabel Franco and Lucy Nogales, all of Santa Maria and Dolores Ulloa of El Centro; and numerous nieces and nephews.



Visitation will be from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro for Oscar Mejias Escalante, 55, who died Wednesday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Mass will be celebrated at noon Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with the Rev. Jaime Escobedo officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Born Aug. 29, 1945, in Holtville, Mr. Escalante was raised by his aunt, Ida "Chi Chi" Vindiola.

He attended El Centro schools and graduated from Central Union High School in 1964.

A lifelong Valley resident, he worked for 23 years as a driver for Sysco, a food distribution firm, and also worked a number of years for Sysco in San Diego.

A sports fan, he was active in his sons' participation in Little League. He started a youth program at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, where he was active in the parish.

His family said he most enjoyed being with his family and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ignacio and Rafaela Escalante, and grandson, Steven Joseph Escalante Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Lolie Escalante of El Centro; sons and daughters-in-law, Oscar Jr. and Sandee Escalante of Imperial and Steven and Kathie Escalante of El Centro; brother, Ignacio "Nacho" Escalante of San Diego; brothers and sisters-in-law, Armando and Nora Cota of Sacramento, Benny and Frances Meza and George and Vivian Halcon, all of El Centro, and Armando and Yolanda Jurado of San Diego; grandchildren, Ashlyn, Jackie and Vickie Escalante; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.


Graveside services are pending in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Dorothy LaVerne Gilbreth, 76, of San Diego, who died Thursday in San Diego.

Mrs. Gilbreth was born Nov. 30, 1924, in Texas. She was the daughter of Ray and Dorothy Crawford and was raised with her five sisters in Brawley. She married Grady "Guy" Gilbreth in 1940. They had three sons and moved to San Diego in 1952.

Survivors include her sisters, Fayrene Foster of La Mesa and Janice Taylor of Brawley; son, Charles Gilbreth of San Diego; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Katelynn Ponce, 2 months, who died Wednesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. The Rev. Amador Lopez of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria will officiate.

Katelynn was born Dec. 15 in Brawley.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandmothers, Felicitas Villa Ponce and Maria Cosio, and her great-great-grandfather, John Van Bebber.

Survivors include her parents, Jennifer Lyons and Fernando Ponce of Imperial; brother, Fernando T. Ponce of Imperial; paternal grandparents, Margarita and Manuel Ponce of Imperial; maternal grandparents, Rebecca Lyons of Imperial and Mark Lyons of Aguila, Ariz.; great-great-grandmother, Maxine Van Bebber of Brawley and great-grandparents, Gayle Brown and Thomas Brown of Brawley.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for James Arthur Gibson, 82, of Holtville, who died Feb. 8 in Palm View Convalescent in Yuma.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. The Rev. Suzi Jacobson of First United Methodist Church in El Centro will officiate.

Mr. Gibson was born Nov. 18, 1918, in Los Angeles.

Raised in Los Angeles, Mr. Gibson came to the Imperial Valley in 1955. He was a cowboy for all of his adult life and worked for Wallace Swearingen, Johnny Goss and the Skiles Bros. His family said he loved his job more like a hobby.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Gibson of Holtville; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Ronald Oliver of San Diego; brother, Neal Gibson of San Diego; and sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Al Lewis of Long Beach.

Elvin Francis Houck

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Elvin Francis Houck, 94, of El Centro, who died Feb. 6 in Yuma Nursing Center.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Cemetery. The Rev. Art Zeigler of First Assembly of God in Holtville will officiate.

Mr. Houck was born Dec. 22, 1906, in Oklahoma.

He married Ina K. Bergan in November 1930 in Los Angeles.

Mr. Houck was a farmer in the Imperial Valley for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ina Houck, in 1996.

Survivors include numerous friends.

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