Mary Ellen Mitchell

April 24, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Mary Ellen Mitchell, 80, of El Centro, who died April 18 in Braswell's Colonial Care in Redlands.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Hems chapel in El Centro. The Rev. Henry Green of Brawley Tabernacle Church of God in Christ will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Mitchell was born on April 15, 1921, in Sunflower, Miss. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1945 and was a housekeeper for many years. She worked in housekeeping at Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro for 18 years. She retired in 1983.

She was a member of Brawley Tabernacle Church of God in Christ and a foster care mother for many years.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Bertha and Lester Morris of El Centro; grandchildren, Geoffrey Morris of Los Angeles and Nichelle Burnett of Moreno Valley; sister, Geneva White of Brawley; brothers, Harvey Evans of Brawley and James Evans of Greenville, Miss.; great-niece, Linda Colton, whom she raised; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.


The family suggests donations be sent in Mrs. Mitchell's memory to the American Cancer Society, 400 S. Eighth St., El Centro, CA 92243.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Tomas Valles-Perez, 95, of Brawley, who died Monday in Kindred Hospital in El Cajon. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Jorge Moreno officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Valles-Perez was born on March 4, 1906, in the state of Durango, Mexico. He married Ascencion Maduena in Durango in 1926.

Mr. Valles-Perez came to Mexicali in 1940 and then relocated to Brawley. He began working at Planter's Hotel in Brawley and later worked for San Pascual Cattle Co. He retired in 1975.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ascencion Valles, on Dec. 18, 1997.

Survivors include his sons, Pablo and Israel Valles, both of Calexico, Ruben Valles of Mexicali, Angel Valles of Westmorland, Tomas Valles Jr. of San Diego and Humberto Valles of Brawley; daughters, Alicia Gallegos Valles, Estela Sortero Valles and Petra Valles, all of Brawley; sister, Rosario Arroyo Madueno of Mexicali; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in People's Chapel in Hanford for former Brawley resident Audis Eugene "Gene" Blankenship, 65, of Hanford, who died Saturday in his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in People's Chapel in Hanford.

Mr. Blankenship was born Nov. 26, 1935, in Soper, Okla. He moved to Brawley at an early age and attended schools there. He graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1955.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Blankenship of Hanford; son, Gene Blankenship of Hanford; daughters, Brenda and Debbie Blankenship, both of Hanford; sisters, Daphine Shehan and Jorene Lane, both of Brawley; brother, Jerry Blankenship of Brawley; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley for Robert "Nopalitos" Ybarra, 74, of Brawley, who died Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Margaret-Mary Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Roque Vano officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Ybarra was born on June 23, 1926, in Sutter Creek. He moved to Brawley at age 4 and was raised there. He married Rachel Hernandez in El Centro on June 24, 1949.

He was a truck driver and equipment operator most of his adult life, working for Victor Veysey, Golden State Farms and D'Arrigo Bros.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Teamster's Union and the American Legion.

Mr. Ybarra enjoyed sitting at Plaza Park in Brawley and socializing with his friends, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Rachel Ybarra of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Jr. and Christine Ybarra of Brawley; daughters, Rita Leon of Brawley and Linda Fierro of El Cajon; brothers, Herman and Art Carlos, both of Stockton; sisters, Betty Villegas and Mary Helen Carlos, both of Stockton; and nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Memorial services are pending at Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Jaime Lee Nelson, 41, of Holtville, who died from a brain aneurysm Friday in San Diego.

Mrs. Nelson's uncle, the Rev. Bruce Campbell of Kona, Hawaii, will officiate.

Mrs. Nelson was born on April 2, 1960, in Redlands. She lived her entire life in Holtville.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Shepherd's Chapel, Gravette, AK 72736.

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