Colleen Rose Murphy Gavin

June 21, 2001

Private family services will be Sunday in Utah for Colleen Rose Murphy Gavin, 70, of Parowan, Utah, who died June 17 in her home.

Mrs. Gavin was born June 16, 1931, in Imperial, and was raised there. She met Everett Ward Gavin while attending Imperial Valley College and they married on Jan. 15, 1950. She was a homemaker, an exceptional cook, a Blue Bird, Brownie and Boy Scout troop leader and loved animals of all kinds, according to family.

She, her husband and their children traveled throughout the United States and Canada and enjoyed camping, hiking and fishing. She took pleasure in having her family around her, playing the church organ and piano, doing crossword puzzles, singing and bird watching, family stated. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister-in-law, aunt and friend to many, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Kelan and Christian "Kit" Gavin; brothers Jerry and Donald "Pat" Murphy; sister Jacqueline Hardy; sister-in-law Cleo Murphy; brothers-in-law Larry Gavin and Clyde Hardy; and nephew and spouse Jack and Sylvia Payne.


Survivors include her husband, Everett Gavin of Parowan; daughters and sons-in-law, Winn and Dilda McFadden of El Centro and Kimberly and Pat McGarvie of La Verkin, Utah; daughter, Pam Gavin of Dana Point; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Anna Marie Gavin of Rancho Santa Margarita; grandchildren, Kevin, Wendy, Dion, Nicole, Jonathan, Amber, David, Anthony, Gavin, Kyle, Kera, Marilee and Brandy; brother, Jim Murphy of Imperial; sister-in-law, Helen Murphy of Imperial; sister and brother-in-law, Winifred and Jim Hubbell of Buena Park; nephews and nieces, Roger, Jerry, Cathy, Holly, Lori and Patty; and numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brawley for Allan Hovley, 67, of Yuma, who died Sunday in Palmview Care Center in Yuma. The Rev. Ben Davison will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Hovley was born Aug. 2, 1933, in Brawley, where he was raised and attended Sacred Heart Catholic School. He worked for ARC Industries in El Centro.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Hansen.

Survivors include his brothers, Gerald Hovley of Ben Lomond and Marvin Hovley of Vienna, Va.; and sisters, Jacqueline Toomer of Pensacola, Fla., Barbara Etcheberria of San Juan Capistrano and Karen Wilcox of El Centro.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Sacred Heart Catholic School, 428 S. Imperial Ave., Brawley, CA 92227.


Irene Marie Topper, 80, a former Imperial Valley College nursing department coordinator, died June 7 in Santa Monica after a long illness. Her remains were cremated.

Born Feb. 17, 1921, Mrs. Topper and her husband, the late Jay R. Topper, moved to El Centro in 1951.

She worked at Calexico Hospital for eight years and then served at the former El Centro Community Hospital from 1959 to 1976. She retired in 1984 from Imperial Valley College, where she had been coordinator of the nursing division's continuing education program that she originated.

Mrs. Topper was one of the first organizers of cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes in the Imperial Valley and San Diego hospitals and was the first instructor in the Valley to certify doctors and nurses in CPR. She was chairwoman for the Imperial Valley Heart Association from 1973-1984 and worked with the American Lung Association, participating in instruction for the "Better Breather" courses.

A loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, according to family, Mrs. Topper is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Barbara Topper of Los Angeles; sister, Virginia Benson of Florida; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Memorial services will be private for Eileen Gaines Van Rensselaer, 83, of El Cajon, a former El Centro resident who died June 12 in Kaiser Hospital in San Diego.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Van Rensselaer was born April 16, 1918, in Sherburne, N.Y., and was raised there. She married James Lawrence Van Rensselaer in West Palm Beach, Fla., in 1953.

She moved to the Imperial Valley in 1960, settling in El Centro, where she resided for 25 years and worked for the Imperial County Welfare Department for more than nine years.

Mrs. Rensselaer relocated to the San Diego area because of health reasons in 1985. She had been residing at Chase Care Center in El Cajon for the past four years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lawrence Van Rensselaer, in 1966.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Sharon and Greg Ferguson of Holtville; grandson, Franko Ferguson of Las Vegas; and cousin, John R. Gaines of Lexington, Ky.

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