DEATHS: June 17, 2001

June 16, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Roman C. Martinez, 88, of Heber, who died Wednesday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heber. The Revs. Gianantonio Baggio and Miguel Mascorro will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Martinez was born Feb. 28, 1913, in Colton and was raised there. He moved to Mexicali to farm and raise his children. He returned to the United States in 1960, settling in Calexico.


Mr. Martinez moved to Heber in 1975, residing there the rest of his life. He worked as a heavy-equipment operator for various Valley agriculture firms for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pascuala Martinez, in 1998; and son, Rosendo Martinez, in 1981.

Survivors include his children, Roman Jr. and Samuel Martinez, both of Imperial, Amelia Andrade, Celia Aguayo and Arturo and Francisco J. Martinez, all of Heber, Alicia Santos of Fresno, Virginia Martinez of Salinas and Rosa Rodriguez of Brawley; brothers, Kiko Martinez of Colton and Palente Martinez of San Bernardino; sister, Maria Luisa Martinez of Mexicali; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for June Lynell Flores Mitchell, 71, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro beside the grave of her husband, Carlton R. Mitchell, who died in 1993.

Mrs. Mitchell was born June 16, 1929, in Tulare. She attended Jasper and Heber schools and Central Union High School in El Centro. She was a homemaker, living in Imperial for most of her adult life. She also worked as a store clerk and at an Imperial school cafeteria for many years.

Mrs. Mitchell was a resident of the Polynesian Village Mobile Home Park in El Centro. She loved her family, friends and animals and enjoyed reading, according to family.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son Dennis Craig Mitchell in 1965.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Cynthia Mitchell of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Robert Brown of El Centro; grandchildren, Eric and Ron Mitchell and Alexis and Alanna Brown; brother, Roger Flores of El Centro; sisters, Anna Beth Zier of Hayward, Frances Scarborough of Flower Mound, Texas, Barbara Jean Friedley of Bakersfield and Janet Richardson of Detroit, Texas; and three great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Rebecca V. "Becky" Swain, 89, of Brawley, who died Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley with the Rev. Joe Finnell officiating.

Mrs. Swain was born June 5, 1912, in Toyah, Texas. She was raised in Alamogordo, N.M. She married Raul R. Swain in Alamogordo on Jan. 30, 1929.

In 1931, the Swains moved to the Imperial Valley, where they started Swain's Service Station. She helped manage the station until 1946. During her life here in the Valley she worked for various businesses. She was last employed by Las Palmas Restaurant until her retirement in 1991.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raul, in 1971; her son Sergio in 1953 and daughter Stella Swain Ramirez in 1994.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Lucy Swain of Brawley; son, Bruce V. Swain of Brawley; daughter, Amanda V. Swain of Brawley; daughter and son-in-law, Cecilia Swain Garcia and Frank Garcia of Hacienda Heights; 10 granddaughters, eight grandsons, 13 great-granddaughters and 19 great-grandsons.

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