DEATHS: June 8, 2001

June 08, 2001


Graveside services were at 9 today in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Shirley Ethel Caradine, 84, of The Fountain of Youth Spa, who died Tuesday in her home.

Mrs. Caradine was born June 14, 1916, in Holtville. She was raised in the Holtville and El Centro areas. She was employed by the Imperial Irrigation District from 1934 to 1944 and worked for Schineman Paper Co. from 1944 to 1954.

Mrs. Caradine was a band member of the Alley Cats, who performed throughout the Imperial Valley. She also ran a day-care center out of her home for several years.


She was an avid cactus collector and donated some of her cactus plants to the Imperial County Historical Society. She loved Siamese cats and animals in general, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pat Caradine, in 1978; sisters, Thelma Barrett and Ollie Storey; and brother, Winston Carroll.

Survivors include her nephew, Winston C. Yergin of San Diego; niece, J. Carol Domeno of The Fountain of Youth Spa; stepdaughters, Patty Porter of San Diego and Pauline Haggard of Brawley; grandchildren, Pat Stafford of Salinas, Alexa Horne of El Centro, Tori McBrown of Calipatria, Loxi Greenfield of Sherman Oaks, Gary Porter of Petaluma, Cindy Lloyd of Vista and Martin Porter of Oceanside; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Jose Carlos Gamboa, 49, of Imperial, who died of cancer Tuesday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Eduardo GudiƱo will officiate.

His remains will be cremated.

Mr. Gamboa was born Oct. 7, 1951, in Calexico. He was raised in the Imperial Valley and attended local schools. He worked for Pioneer Van & Storage for more than 20 years and had been disabled in recent years because of medical problems.

Survivors include his wife, Irma Gamboa of Imperial; sons, Jose and Edgar Gamboa, both of Imperial; daughter, Daniela Gamboa of Imperial; parents, Valente and Julia Gamboa of Calexico; sisters, Mary, Adelina, Rosa, Herlinda and Diana Gamboa, all of Calexico; brothers, Frank, Ralph and Arturo Gamboa, all of Calexico; and two grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. June 16 in Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in Pacific Beach for Harry A. Heath, 87, of San Bernardino, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Yvonne Dickerson, in San Diego.

Mr. Heath was cremated and his remains will be buried in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Heath was born May 3, 1914, and came to the Imperial Valley in 1915. He was employed by Paul Trapnell for more than 30 years. He moved to San Bernardino in August, where he lived with his son, Donald Heath.

He was a longtime member of the Eagles and Elks lodges.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Francis Heath, in 1986.

Survivors include his daughter, Yvonne Dickerson; sons, Harry B. and Donald W. Heath; son-in-law, Ed Dickerson; daughters-in-law, Diane and Gloria Heath; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

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