Richard L. Lay

April 13, 2001

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville for Richard L. Lay, 56, of Holtville, who died Tuesday in his home. The Rev. Bill Brewer of Faith Assembly of God of Imperial will officiate.

A determination of the cause of death is pending.

Mr. Lay was born June 2, 1944, in Holtville, and was raised and attended schools there. He graduated from Holtville High School in 1962.

Mr. Lay began working as a carpenter and later received his contractor's license and was self-employed for a time. He also worked as a construction superintendent for Central Pipe Co.

Mr. Lay was an avid NASCAR racing fan, according to family.

Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Renda and James Tennison of San Diego and Lisa and Chris Legakes of El Centro; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Jr. and Tina Lay and Edward and Rosie Lay, all of Holtville; step-sons, Athan Espinoza of Brawley and Bo Espinoza of Los Angeles; sister, Carol George of Brawley; ex-wives, Pye Sullivan and Judy Garcia, both of Holtville; and nine grandchildren.



Private services were at noon today in San Diego for Vera Martha Rogers, 96, of El Centro, who died April 5 in El Centro.

Mrs. Rogers was born Sept. 20, 1904, in St. Louis and came to the Imperial Valley in 1920. She graduated from Calexico High School and moved to El Centro two years later.

She worked as a bookkeeper for various companies and became a credit manager for Brooks Jewelers in El Centro in 1953. She eventually became the owner and retired at age 76 to spend more time with her family and friends with whom she loved playing bridge until her final months, according to family.

Survivors include her daughters, Betty Jo and Jim Cannon of Brawley and Vera and Gene Oswalt of San Diego; sisters, Virginia Thaxton of Yuma, Mary Lou Greene of Fountain Valley, Carmen Richards of Riverside and Lois McKenzie of Holtville; brothers, Roy Ezell of El Centro and Henry Morales of San Diego; seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests donations be sent to Gentiva Health Center, 1850 W. Main St., El Centro, CA 92243.


Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in First Assembly of God in Holtville for Virginia E. Downs, 75, of Holtville, who died Thursday in her home. The Rev. Art Ziegler will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Downs was born June 18, 1925, in Luxora, Ark. She married Lucion Downs in Eddiewahl, Ark., on Jan. 11, 1946. She lived in the Imperial Valley for the past 54 years and was a homemaker.

She was an active member of First Assembly of God of Holtville.

Survivors include her husband, Lucion Downs of Holtville; daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Skip Bigger of Calipatria; sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Pauline Downs of Holtville and Kenneth and Debbie Downs of Sallisaw, Okla.; brother, Buddy Fultz of Apache Junction, Ariz.; sisters, Janie Parker of Sacramento and Carol Lacey of Fresno; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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