DEATHS: May 3, 2001

May 03, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Barbara Ann Thornton, 58, of Fairview, Mo., who died after a long illness Sunday in her home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Frye Chapel with the Rev. Jan Cook of Westmorland Community Presbyterian Church officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Thornton was born April 9, 1943, in Westmorland. She was the daughter of Anita Lovell Pate and the late Charles Arthur Pate. She lived most of her life in California, residing in Westmorland, then Brawley and the Santa Maria area.


She married Floyd Thornton in Yuma on Aug. 25, 1959. She was a homemaker and raised three children. She relocated to Missouri 10 years ago.

She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Thornton, on Aug. 31, 1990; and grandchildren, Ashley Rodriguez in 1996 and Jeff Thornton in 1998.

Survivors include her mother, Anita Lovell Pate of Santa Maria; daughter and son-in-law, Wendy Leigh and Larry Johnson of Purdy, Mo.; daughter, Vanita Lynn Thornton of Brawley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles Dean and Doris Pate of Brawley and James Lovell and Jeannie Pate of Oceanside; sister and brother-in-law, Vahnita and John Vasquez of Santa Maria; and five grandchildren.


Visitation was Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Jose Gustavo Caudillo, 44, of Brawley, who died Friday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Funeral services were 9 today at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley with the Rev. Roque Vano officiating.

Mr. Caudillo was born Feb. 5, 1957, in Brawley and was raised there. He worked in transportation for 10 years and was the father of three children.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Robert Caudillo in 1987 and Peter Caudillo in 1992.

Survivors include his sons, Gustavo, David and Martin Caudillo, all of San Bernardino; wife, Frances Valtiera of San Bernardino; mother, Maria Caudillo of Brawley; father, Merced Caudillo of Brawley; sisters, Inez Flores of Imperial, Lucy Castro and Margaret Sigala, both of El Centro, Connie Camilo and Betty Caudillo, Stela CastaƱeda and Mary Cornejo, all of Brawley, and Yolanda Chavez of San Diego; and brothers, Raymond Caudillo of San Francisco and Johnny and Richard Caudillo, both of Brawley.


Services were Tuesday in Queen of the Angels Catholic Church in Alpine for Mary Ann Mitchell, 59, of Alpine, who died of cancer April 25 in Alpine.

Burial was in Alpine Cemetery.

Ms. Mitchell was born July 13, 1941, in El Centro, where she attended McCabe Union Elementary School. After her mother's death when Margaret was 7, the Frank "Red" Mitchell family took her into their home. She graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

After many years of active Navy duty, she continued serving in the Naval reserves until her death. She earned a bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach and a master's degree in family counseling from Azusa Pacific University.

Ms. Mitchell worked in drug and alcohol rehabilitation at Long Beach Navy Base and maintained her own counseling office in Alpine after her retirement from active duty.

Survivors include her foster sister, Ann Mitchell Horne of El Centro; and foster brothers, Frank Hudson of Holtville, John Stephen Mitchell of Gilroy and George Carrell of Alpine.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

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