Miriam Elmore Harthill

June 01, 2001

Private services were Thursday in Laguna Niguel for Miriam Elmore Harthill, 77, of Monarch Bay, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Monday in her home.

The former Miriam Elmore was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Los Angeles and moved with her family to the Brawley area, where she attended Magnolia School and graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1941.

She attended Stephen's College in Columbia, Mo., where she was the first woman to graduate with a pilot's license. Her photograph was published on the cover of a national magazine featuring women pioneers in aviation.

Upon returning to California, she married Frank A. Morgan III at her parents' Brawley home in 1943. She and Mr. Morgan moved to Wyoming, where they raised their three children, Rocky, Mike and Janet.


She returned to Southern California in the early 1960s and later married her second husband, Dr. Alex Harthill, and subsequently moved to Louisville, Ky., where they raised their daughter, Meha. She had lived in Laguna Beach for the past 15 years.

Mrs. Harthill was president for many years of the Laguna Beach Assistance League. She helped raise money for handicapped children by selling produce, grown and donated by her family's Imperial Valley farm, at the Laguna Beach Farmer's Market.

She volunteered at the Laguna Beach Assistance League Thrift Shop, which twice a year would send all its clothing to the Church Mouse thrift shop in Brawley.

An animal lover, she was active in thoroughbred horse racing and equestrian jumping and always had a dog at her side.

She enjoyed traveling and adventure, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her son, Rocky Morgan; sister, Hetty Joy Jordan; and brother Stephen Elmore.

Survivors include her brother, John J. Elmore; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Deirdre Morgan of Brawley; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Cal Mason of Brawley and Dr. Meha Harthill and Dr. Pathik Wadhwa of Irvine; grandchildren, Kelly, Lauren and Marci Mason and Wheeler, Sutton and Austin Morgan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests donations be sent to the Harthill Family Partnership Scholarship Fund, 3949 Austin Road, Brawley, CA 92227.


Memorial services were Tuesday in Simes Mortuaries Casa Grande Chapel in Casa Grande, Ariz., for Oscar Borjon, 42, of Casa Grande, a former Imperial Valley resident who died May 23 in Casa Grande.

Mr. Borjon was born Jan. 1, 1959, in Mexicali. He lived in the Imperial Valley before relocating to Casa Grande in 1996. He worked as a truck driver.

Mr. Borjon and his wife, Lori, were married on May 19, 1984, in Holtville.

According to his family, he was a loving father, and he loved horses.

Survivors include his wife, Lori Borjon of Casa Grande; father, Alejos Borjon of Heber; mother, Maria Barrozo Jara of Pomona; stepmother, Carmen Borjon of Heber; daughter, Cecily Borjon of Casa Grande; son, Nick Borjon of Fontana; brothers, Alejos Borjon Jr. of Pomona, Francisco Borjon of El Centro, Johnnie Borjon of Imperial, Manuel Borjon of Heber, Jaime Jara of Fontana and Julian and Robert Jara, both of Pomona; sisters, Margarita B. Carrillo of El Centro, Lourdes B. Alvarez and Malena B. Fierro, both of Heber, and Aurora Mesa of San Jose; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Antonio Loza, 51, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Loza was born June 21, 1949, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, and was raised there. He moved with his family to the United States, settling in Calexico in 1954. He worked in agriculture and construction all his life.

Survivors include his mother, Magdalena Loza of Calexico; children, Aracely Loza of Vista, David Loza of La Jolla and Evelyn Loza of Riverside; brothers, Ruben Loza of Mexicali and Guillermo and Carlos Loza and Jose Paez, all of La Jolla; sisters, Carmen Ochoa of Mexicali, Angela Barba of Torrance, Cande Loza of Compton, Nena Tyner of Lake Elsinore and Faby Loza of Calexico; grandchildren, Moises Antonio Orozco of Vista and Andrea Magdalena Perez of Riverside; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Thomas "Woody" Wilson, 87, of Brawley, who died Tuesday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Wilson was born Nov. 17, 1913, in Brawley and until his death was the last survivor of a family of 15. He attended elementary school in Westmorland and Brawley Union High School.

After his schooling, he began working in the hay fields and was employed by a railroad company during World War II. He also was a mechanic for Ballard Studebaker for 15 years in Brawley and worked for the Brawley Ice Plant. He worked as plumber and weighmaster at Holly Sugar for 21 years, retiring in 1985.

After his retirement, Mr. Wilson worked as a caretaker for Westmorland Duck Club near the Salton Sea.

Mr. Wilson was an avid hunter and fisherman who also collected rocks and other items in the desert.

He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanora  Heftie Wilson of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Garland and Carol Wilson of Salt Lake City, Utah; stepson and his wife, Donald and Ramona  Hefty of Laguna Niguel; sister-in-law, Lola Wilson of Holtville; and 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Brawley.

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