Deaths: May 7, 2001

May 07, 2001


Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Sts. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church in El Centro for Dr. Nelson Terrell Miles, 89, of El Cajon, who died April 24 in La Mesa after a short illness. The Rev. Robert Tally will officiate.

Dr. Miles was born Feb. 20, 1912, in Ramona. He graduated from Ramona High School in 1929 and San Diego State College in 1933. He married Winifred E. Williams in 1936.

He studied dentistry at the University of Southern California and graduated in 1943. Dr. Miles practiced in San Diego before relocating to El Centro in 1950, where he ran a dental practice for 32 years and served as president of the Imperial Valley Dental Society.


In 1977 he married his second wife, Nellie Geren. They resided in El Centro until moving to El Cajon in 1999.

Known as "Terry" to friends, Dr. Miles enjoyed sports and shared a spot with Art Linkletter on the 1932 San Diego State championship basketball team. Dr. Miles was an avid golfer and a member of the Barbara Worth Country Club for more than 30 years. He enjoyed the outdoors and gardened at home, bringing sweet peas that he had grown to his office staff.

As an amateur naturalist, he collected exotic butterflies and always wanted to identify the plants and animals he was seeing. Dr. Miles enjoyed hunting with his two sons and was a member of the Imperial Valley Hunting Dog Club.

His friends knew him as a great traveler; he often went four-wheeling to Baja California to fish or just explore. With his young family, Dr. Miles took summer camping trips across the country in a travel trailer. Dr. Miles traveled abroad, visiting Europe and Asia and enjoyed the arts and crafts he brought home from the places he visited. When at home he loved to swim and could often be found in the pool during the hot summer months, according to family.

Dr. Miles was a longtime member of the El Centro Elks Club and a past president of the El Centro Rotary Club. He was known for his keen wit and his appreciation of a good joke. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Terrell Miles, in 1967; wife, Winifred E. "Winnie" Miles in 1974; and daughter, Marilyn Miles in 1975.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Geren Miles of El Cajon; son, Dr. Randal Miles of El Centro; grandchildren, Dr. Dana and Dean Cole, both of Anaheim Hills, Karen Kerr of San Jose, Scott Holman of Simpsonville, S.C., and Marilyn, Adele and Chris Miles, all of El Centro; three great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters.

The family suggests memorials be sent to a charity of choice.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Rosalba H. Lopez, 56, of Imperial, who died in Thursday in her home.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro with the Rev. Barry Vinyard officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Lopez was born April 14, 1945, in Mexicali. She was raised in Mexicali and came to the United States in 1963, settling in the Imperial Valley. She was a homemaker for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas S. Lopez, on March 3, 2000.

Survivors include her daughters, Sara Gomez, Amenda Canizales, Vanessa Lopez and Reyna Cedeño, all of Imperial, and Rosalva Lizarraga of Holtville; son, Trino Castañeda of El Centro; brothers, Manuel Hernandez of Mexicali and Fernando Hernandez of Brawley; sisters, Aida and Lydia Hernandez, both of Brawley; 17 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Mary Frances Wood, 93, of Holtville, who died Wednesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the First Southern Baptist Church in Holtville. The Rev. Richard Moore will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Wood was born June 14, 1907, in Hearn, Texas.

She was the oldest member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Holtville and a devoted mother to all her children, according to family. She also was an avid gardener and enjoyed working in the yard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren G. Wood, in 1998.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Warren E. and Betty Wood of Altamont, Utah; sons, James R. and Bill R. Wood, both of Cortez, Colo., and Marvin Wood of Holtville; daughter, Frances Wood of Holtville; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many friends.

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