DEATHS: June 19, 2001

June 19, 2001


Private services will be conducted in Tucumcari, N.M., for Dwight F. Coomes, 65, of Tucumcari, a former El Centro resident who died June 12 in Tucumcari.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Coomes was born in Imperial in 1936 and married Erna Bird in Yuma in 1959.

Mr. Coomes served as an aviation mechanic in the U.S. Air Force and then returned to the Imperial Valley, where he began working as an auto mechanic for Wright and Knight in Brawley. He later was hired as a service technician by Imperial Stores and promoted to manager of the Brawley store.

The Coomeses last relocated to Tucumcari, where he was employed as a lead care technician by VanArk Nursing Care Facility until his death.


He was preceded in death by his brother Bob Coomes; and sisters, Margaret Coomes and Mary Edwards.

Survivors include his wife, Erna Coomes of Tucumcari; son and daughter-in-law, David and Beth Jennings of Escondido; daughter, Cindy Waycott of Grants Pass, Ore.; daughters and sons-in-law, Shelly and Tony Rouhotas Sr., Debbie and Rick Shehan and Andrea and Randy Lackey, all of Brawley; sons, Mitchell Coomes of Tucumcari and Lance Coomes of Brawley; brother, Tim Coomes of Diamond Bar; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Henrietta Coomes of Lexington, Ky.; uncle and aunt, Carl and Jean Coomes of El Centro; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.



Services will be at a later date for Cortez Hank Cummings, 66, of Bombay Beach, who died Thursday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Mr. Cummings was born on March 19, 1935, in Flint, Mich., and was raised there. He came to the San Fernando Valley of California in 1944, where he attended San Fernando High School.

Mr. Cummings served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1977. Following his military service, he started his own business, Cummings Electrical Co., in San Diego.

He was an American Legion member.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Vivian Cummings in 1983 and Patricia Cummings in 1990.

Survivors include his sister, Patricia Bergeron of Apple Valley; and stepsons, Jim and Mark Cardella, both of San Diego.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Mary A. Ezquerro, 66, of El Centro, who died Friday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 7 tonight in Frye Chapel with the Rev. Mike Johnson of Turning Point Ministries of Holtville officiating.

Burial will be private in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Ezquerro was born Aug. 6, 1934, in Seeley and was raised in the Imperial Valley. She owned TOPS Cocktail Lounge and the Red Stallion Bar in Brawley, which she owned for 30 years.

She enjoyed music as well as playing with the De Anza Seven band. Her hobbies included playing pool and puzzles, according to family.

Survivors include husband, Hector Ezquerro of Brawley; son, Leonard Mendez Jr. of Brawley; granddaughters, Veronica, Adriana, Jaenel and Susana Mendez; great-granddaughter, Victoria Johnson; and sisters, Josefina Sanchez of Westmorland, Rufina Gonzalez of El Centro and Alice Salazar of San Diego.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Ramona "Tony" Fourong, 82, of El Centro, who died Friday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. chapel in El Centro. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Fourong was born Dec. 1, 1918, in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. She came to the United States in 1943 and married Clarence Fourong in 1944.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Fourong enjoyed square dancing. She was a loving and caring daughter, mother, wife and friend and always helped those in need, according to family.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles B. and Rosa Fourong and Richie M. and Irma Fourong, all of Imperial; son, Hison Derrick of Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Jenne Marie and Ronnie Golden of El Centro; four grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, living in San Diego and Mexico.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Rosendo Huerta, 84, of Calipatria, who died Monday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Thursday in St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Calipatria with the Rev. Amador Lopez officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Huerta was born March 2, 1917, in San Julian, Jalisco, Mexico. He was raised in Jalisco and came to the United States in 1971, settling in Calipatria. He worked in agriculture most of his life.

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