DEATHS: Aug. 12, 2001

August 11, 2001


Memorial services are pending for Vesta Jeffreys Chambers, 89, of Jacumba, a former El Centro resident who died Aug. 6 in Palm Springs.

Mrs. Chambers was born June 18, 1912, in Paris, Ark. She worked at Brunner's and Las Palmas restaurants in El Centro. She retired in 1960.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Chambers.

Survivors include her sons, Duke Jeffreys of Big Bear City and Jim Jeffreys of El Cajon; daughter, Judith Jeffreys Lienau of Palm Springs; grandchildren, Dan Jeffreys of Yucca Valley, Herb Lienau of Palm Springs, Jon and Terri Jeffreys, both of El Cajon, Pamela Wiles of Centralia, Wash., Mary Ann Shumway of Albuquerque, N.M., and Wendi Blanton of Rancho Bernardo; niece, Sylvia Walker of Ozark, Ark.; nephews, Wes Barnett of Dobbins and Richard Mallatt of El Centro; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.



Services are pending at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro for Jose Rodriguez Hernandez, 87, of El Centro, who died Friday at his home. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo of Our Lady of Guadalupe will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Hernandez was born Feb. 14, 1914, in El Dorado, Sinaloa, Mexico.

He came to the United States at age 6 and settled in El Centro's east side with his mother, Amparo Gonzalez. He attended Fredrick Douglas School and was one of the first Mexican children to attend Central Union High School in 1935. He was an outstanding track runner and competed in the 1936 U.S. Olympic trials.

His first wife and mother of his eight children, Virginia Martinez, died Jan. 3, 1955. He was married again in 1986 to Maria Guadalupe Reyes, who died in 1997.

Mr. Hernandez was a longtime compadre to world bantamweight champion Manuel Ortiz and was a longtime member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

He worked for various farmers as a laborer and truck driver and worked as a foreman for Agro Phosphate Co. in Imperial for more than 25 years and later worked for Brea Ag Service in Heber until his retirement. He lived on El Centro's east side for some 80 years.

Survivors include his daughters, Margaret Duggan of El Centro, Vangie Campos of San Gabriel, Candy Sanchez of Imperial and Marcie Wetherald of Columbus, Ind.; sons, Jose Hernandez Jr. of San Diego, Alex Hernandez of Lake Elsinore, Edward Hernandez of Murrieta and John Hernandez of El Centro; sister, Jenny De Nechochea of Jamul; 24 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.


There will be no services for Armida Dominguez Sanchez, 57, of Brawley, who died Tuesday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla after a lengthy illness.

Ms. Sanchez was born March 15, 1944, in Brawley and lived there all her life.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dahlia Alvarez, and son Edward Sanchez.

Survivors include her sons, Arthur Sanchez, Samuel Alvarez and Ricky Alvarez, all of Brawley, and three grandchildren.

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