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Eunice Lillian Wilabee

April 27, 2001

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary at 384 W. Main St. in El Centro for Eunice Lillian Wilabee, 104, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in her home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the First Christian Church of El Centro.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Wilabee was born Dec. 19, 1896, in Mansfield, Ark. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1921, settling in El Centro, then moved to Brawley before returning to El Centro in 1940.

She worked at JCPenney and as a manager for Polka Dot Shop and Crossland's Furniture. She also was employed by Crossland's Home Furnishings as a bookkeeper.

She was a member of Eastern Star for 54 years, filling the station of worthy matron along with several other stations. She was a 54-year member of Oasis White Shrine and served as worthy high priestess and in other offices. She was a worthy scribe in the group for 31 years.

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Mrs. Wilabee enjoyed sewing, China painting and the pride of her life was her grandchildren, according to family.

Survivors include her daughter, Lillian Gresser of El Centro; grandchildren, Linda Sue Docker of Hemet and Jack Charles Gresser of Pismo Beach; grandchildren and spouses, Mary Helen and Stephen Lester of El Centro, Richard and Judy Wilabee of Cerritos and Penny and Steve Wilcox of Virginia Beach, Va.; great-grandchildren and spouses, Roy and Lisa Docker of Lake Charles, La., Stephanie and Charles Foster of La Mesa and Bradley and Shannon Lester of Brawley; great-grandchildren, Bryan and Danny Gresser, both of Santa Maria, and Steve and Susie Wilcox, both of Virginia Beach; and great-great-grandchildren, Dustin Docker and Emmlee and Shelby Bert, all of Lake Charles, and Riley Lester of Brawley.

The family suggests memorials be sent in Mrs. Wilabee's memory to First Christian Church, 450 S. Waterman, El Centro, CA 92243.

ATHAN JOSEPH ESPINOZA

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in First Southern Baptist Church in Holtville for Athan Joseph Espinoza, 29, of Holtville, who died Monday in Brawley. The Rev. Mike Johnson will officiate.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Burial will be in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Mr. Espinoza was born Dec. 26, 1971, in Brawley. He graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon in 1990. He was a journeyman field iron worker for Local 229 in San Diego

Mr. Espinoza enjoyed fishing and hunting in the Imperial Valley, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Espinoza; stepfather, Richard Lay; and grandfathers, Bud Ogier of Holtville and John Espinoza of El Centro.

Survivors include his mother, Judy Garcia of Holtville; stepfather, David Garcia of Holtville; grandmothers, Janet Ogier of Holtville and Maria Espinoza of El Centro; girlfriend, Martha Linares of Brawley; brother, Bo Espinoza of Orange County; stepbrothers, David Garcia of San Diego, Dan Garcia of El Centro and Rick and Eddie Lay, both of Holtville; stepsisters, Renda Tennison of San Diego and Lisa Legakes of El Centro; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

The family suggests donations to Turning Point Ministries in Holtville.

NORBERTA O. GARCIA

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 tonight in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro for Norberta O. Garcia, 63, of El Centro, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro with the Rev. Jaime Escobedo officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Garcia was born June 7, 1937 in El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico. She lived in the Imperial Valley for the past 32 years and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Rito Garcia of El Centro; sons, Oscar Garcia of El Centro, Gustavo Garcia of San Diego and Rito Garcia of Hemet; daughters, Martha Lopez of Imperial and Maria Davila of El Centro; and 11 grandchildren.

CARMEN V. GUERRERO

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Carmen V. Guerrero, 88, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in Yuma Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro with the Rev. Jaime Escobedo officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Guerrero was born July 28, 1912, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, and was raised there. She came to the United States in the mid-1940s and worked as a field worker in agriculture for 20 years. Mrs. Guerrero followed the seasonal agricultural work throughout the state.

She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the Guadalupanas Association. She was a participant at the Imperial Valley Blind Center for 18 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Juan Cortez Guerrero, in January 1995; and daughter, Elpidia Maria Guerrero on April 20, 1996.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Salvador and Rosa Guerrero of Gilroy and Javier and Marisela Guerrero of El Centro; 11 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and a sister in Mexico.

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