Ralph M. Byram

March 09, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Ralph Marion Byram, 83, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in University of California, San Diego Medical Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home. The Rev. Bill Brewer of Faith Assembly in Imperial will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Byram was born June 26, 1917, in Edgewater, Ala., where he was raised. He married Lorene Willingham in Alabama on May 9, 1938. He worked as a coal miner in Alabama before moving to El Centro. He was a farm equipment mechanic at the International Harvester dealership of George M. Bell & Son, retiring in 1986.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, three sisters and a son, Donald Byram.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene Byram of El Centro; son, Sam Byram of El Centro; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Wanda Byram of Holtville; and eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Jose B. Gomez, 67, of Calexico, who died Wednesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at noon Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Gomez was born June 8, 1933, in Mexicali. He lived most of his life in the Imperial Valley, attending schools in Calexico. He last worked for American Packing and Hanson Farms in Salinas. He followed the agricultural seasons throughout California. He had been disabled for the past 10 years.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa Gomez of Calexico; sons, Jose Gomez of Salinas and Jose Bernardo Gomez of Mexicali; daughters, Teresa and Gabby Gomez, both of Calexico; brothers, Leandro Gomez of Calexico and Pablo Gomez of Mexicali; sister, Frances Guerrero of Calexico; and five grandchildren.


Private funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Kathleen Dovie Thompson, 61, of Morro Bay, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Monday in her home.

Mrs. Thompson was born March 7, 1939, in Indio. She grew up in the Imperial Valley, attending schools in Calexico and El Centro. She graduated from Central Union High School in 1957 and later attended Imperial Valley College.

Mrs. Thompson began a long career as a representative for public employee unions, including classified school employees in San Diego and other regions in California, and employees at Hearst Castle in Northern California.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Catherine Smith; and son, Eric Thompson.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, James Thompson and Aurora Morales Thompson of Morro Bay; granddaughter, Kathleen Morales Thompson of Morro Bay; brother, James Ferrell of Alaska; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Kerrie Ferrell of Beaumont; stepfather, Gordon Ferrell of Calexico; and longtime friend and companion, Ron Ronaldi of Morro Bay.

The family suggests donations be sent in Mrs. Thompson's memory to local breast cancer awareness groups of the donor's choice.

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