Lillian P. Drysdale

April 11, 2001

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Lillian P. Drysdale, 91, of Brawley, who died Monday in Royal Convalescent Hospital in Brawley.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. The Rev. David Conrad of First Methodist Church of Brawley will officiate.

Mrs. Drysdale was born Nov. 21, 1909, in Kansas. She came with her family to the Imperial Valley in 1917 and attended schools in Imperial. She married Rex Drysdale in Yuma on Feb. 22, 1930. They lived in the Mulberry area, where she and her husband farmed.

She was a longtime member of the Magnolia Mulberry Community Methodist Church and the Brawley United Methodist Church. She was also active in the community, working as a 4-H leader and as a member of the Republican Women's Club.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Drysdale, on March 2, 1991; and son-in-law, Walter Lynch, on Nov. 4, 1998.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Lee and Dick Cowell of Purcell, Okla., and Darlene Lynch Hayes and Tom Hayes of Brawley; grandchildren, Teri Cowell Anderson of Purcell, Michelle Bishop of Utah and Kyle Lynch of San Diego; grandchildren and their spouses, Sheri and Jason Gerhard of Purcell, Brian and Kimberly Cowell of Colorado Springs, Colo., Karen and Michael Tate of Calipatria, and Kelly and John Hannon, Doug and Kathy Cowell and Kevin and Cathy Lynch, all of Brawley; grandson and companion, Keith Cowell and Gabriela Fuentes of Brawley; sister-in-law, Alice Johnson of La Jolla; brother-in-law, George Drysdale of Orange; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Memorial services will be at 12:30 today in Seeley Community Church for Jerry Lee Nietzke, 40, of Seeley, who died Saturday in Seeley. The Rev. Daryl Miller of the First Christian Church of Brawley will officiate.

Determination of a cause of death is pending investigation.

Burial will be at 2 today in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Nietzke was born Dec. 23, 1960, in Brawley and was raised in Seeley. He married Patricia Curtis in Yuma on Dec. 23, 1978.

Mr. Nietzke enjoyed all outdoor activities as well as fishing and working on his lawn, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Nietzke of Seeley; sons, Cory Nietzke of San Diego and Jason Nietzke of Seeley; mother and father, Sarah and Hugo Nietzke of Cornville, Ariz.; brothers, Victor Nietzke of Bullhead City, Ariz., Jackie Nietzke of Seeley, Gary Nietzke of Cornville and Cary Nietzke of Chico; sisters, Dora Nietzke of El Centro, Juanita Bravo and Sue Anderson, both of Seeley and Alicia Muraida of San Antonio; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Graveside services are pending in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Harvey C. Barfell Sr., 95, of Calipatria, who died Friday in his home.

Mr. Barfell was born Dec. 31, 1905, in Jefferson County, Wis. He came to the Imperial Valley at age 12 and attended local schools. He graduated from Brawley Union High School and immediately began working at a dairy farm.

In 1924, Mr. Barfell moved to Indiana and worked for Standard Oil Co. He married Dorothy Hess in 1949 and came back to the Imperial Valley, settling in Brawley. He later worked in agriculture hay baling and hay loading.

Mr. Barfell relocated to Calipatria in 1957, where he lived since that time. He retired in 1983.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Barfell on March 1.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Sue Ann and Steven Chamberlain of Imperial Beach; sons and daughters-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, Glendora Dobbins of Washington; sister-in-law, Leona Baldry of Brawley; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

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