DEATHS: May 21, 2001

May 21, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Imogene S. McConnell-Gentry, 76, of Imperial, who died Sunday in her home.

Chapel services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. The Rev. Bill Brewer of Faith Assembly of God of Imperial will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. McConnell-Gentry was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Booneville, Ark., and was raised there. She came with her family to the Imperial Valley settling in El Centro in 1942. She worked for Newberry's for several years. She also worked for a telephone company for several years.


She and her husband, Glenn Gentry, commuted from the Imperial Valley to southwest Colorado for the past 20 years, enjoying their time working together and cherishing Mancos, Colo. She was a loving wife, mother and enjoyed her children and grandchildren, according to family.

She was a member of El Centro Assembly of God in her younger years.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jason Hartley; brothers, Buster McConnell in 1988 and Glenn McConnell in 1990; and stepdaughter, Priscilla Leach.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Gentry of Imperial; son, David Icke of San Diego; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Buddy Hartley of Yuma; stepdaughter, Zelpha Tulley of San Bernardino; stepsons, Lynn and Mack Gentry, both of Phoenix; sister and brother-in-law, Fern and Don Barioni of Imperial; sister, Lois Randolph of El Centro; grandsons, Ty and Wes Hartley, both of Yuma; great-grandsons, Jacob and Colby Hartley of Yuma; and nieces and nephews, Don Barioni Jr., Rick McConnell, Shirley Bentley and Charlotte Terrill.


Services will be private for Sarah Jane Harelson-Lyman, 86, of El Centro, who died May 10 at her daughter's home in El Centro.

Mrs. Harelson-Lyman was born May 8, 1915, in Milwaukee.

After her first husband, Jack Harelson, died in 1966, she went to work as a librarian and accounts clerk for the Calexico Unified School District.

Following her retirement, she moved to San Diego, where she eventually met and married her second husband, Richard Lyman, in 1986.

Mrs. Harelson-Lyman will be remembered for her love of bridge and her excellent cooking, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Harelson, in 1966; and second husband, Richard Lyman in 1998.

Survivors include her son, Brent Harelson of Twin Falls, Idaho; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Bob Duncan of El Centro; and grandsons, Steve and Jim Duncan, both of San Diego.

The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association or the Harelson-Duncan endowment trust at Imperial Valley College.

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