Margaret P. Granahan

March 06, 2001

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Margaret P. Granahan, 78, of El Centro, who died of lung cancer Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. The Rev. Sandy Bowen of First Presbyterian Church of Brawley will officiate.

Disposition will be private.

Mrs. Granahan was born March 24, 1922, in Hamilton, Scotland. She served in the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force as an aircraft mechanic from 1943 to 1952. She married Peter Granahan in Hamilton on July 25, 1953. She had lived in the Imperial Valley for the past 48 years.

She worked at the Imperial Valley Credit Bureau and later as a retirement clerk at the Imperial County Education Center for 15 years.

She was a past president of the Women's Ten Thousand Club and Beta Sigma Phi.

Survivors include her husband, Peter Granahan of El Centro; son and daughter-in-lawn, Dale and Lisa Granahan of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Denise and David Studer of Imperial; and grandchildren, Brandon and Ross Granahan, both of El Centro, and Byron and Brittany Studer, both of Imperial.


The family suggests memorials be sent to the Humane Society of Imperial Valley, 1575 W. Pico Road, El Centro, CA 92243.


Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for former Imperial resident Flora Ann Hanes Sample, 93, of Great Falls, Mont., who died Sunday in Great Falls.

Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Sample was born Sept. 3, 1907, in Belle Fouch, S.D.

She moved with her family at an early age to Iowa, attending rural schools in Appanouse County. She graduated from Unionville High School in 1927.

Mrs. Sample taught in rural schools in Appanouse County for five years.

She married Herbert Carl Sample in Belknap, Iowa, in 1933.

She taught school and Sunday school, served as a Boy Scout den mother and took an active interest in her children's schooling. She also worked outside the home, as necessary, for many years.

In 1956, Mrs. Sample moved to Imperial and became a member of Imperial Community Church. She was also a member of the Sunshine Club.

After her husband's death in 1958, Mrs. Sample returned to college. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in general elementary education from San Diego State College in 1962. She taught third grade at Hidalgo Elementary School in Brawley for 10 years.

Her family said she was a faithful wife and mother and a capable home manager who enjoyed gardening and canning.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Herbert Ardys "Art" Sample in 1933; and grandson, Benjamine Lee Sample Jr. in 1981.

Survivors include her daughters, Jeanette Crisp of Hollister and Marilyn Adler of Great Falls; son, Benjamine Sample of Paso Robles; 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.


Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Dorothy Esther Barfell, 77, of Calipatria, who died Thursday in Vencor Hospital in San Diego. The Rev. Michael Lasky of Brawley Assembly of God will officiate.

Mrs. Barfell was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Muskegon, Mich. She was raised in La Porte, Ind., where she graduated from high school. She married Harvey C. Barfell in La Porte on Nov. 27, 1949.

After their marriage, the Barfells moved to Brawley, where Mrs. Barfell was involved in Tupperware sales for the last 30 years.

Survivors include her husband, Harvey C. Barfell of Brawley; daughter and son-in-law, Sue Ann and Steven Chamberlin of Imperial Beach; son and daughter-in-law, James and Nina Barfell of Calipatria, Roger and Marie Barfell of Indio and Dale and Maxine Barfell of Yuma; sons, Daniel and Harvey Barfell Jr., both of Calipatria; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Hubert Vogelsang of La Porte; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

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