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DEATHS: Sept. 11, 2001

September 11, 2001


Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Mattie Baker-Reynolds, 85, of Imperial, who died Friday in Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. Pastor Mike Cox of First Baptist Church of Imperial will officiate.

Mrs. Reynolds was born July 11, 1916, in Ireland, Texas. She lived in the Imperial Valley for 65 years.

She worked as a nurse at a convalescent home in Imperial and at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

Mrs. Reynolds had been spending the last several months in San Diego. She was well known as a seamstress, according to family.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Louie and Volita Kay Baker and Crawford and Madge Baker, all of Imperial; daughters and sons-in-law, J.R. and Jessie McKenzie of Imperial and Donaleen and Denton Shell of Tucson; brother, Dewey Harrison of Grants Pass, Ore.; sister, Donaleen Reynolds of Imperial; 8 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.




Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Ana Luisa Castellanos, 31, of Brawley, who died of cancer Monday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Jorge Moreno officiating.

Burial will be in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Mrs. Castellanos was born Oct. 29, 1969, in Mexicali. She came to the Imperial Valley from Mexicali at a young age and attended schools in Holtville and graduated from Holtville High School.

She married Robert Castellanos in Yuma on Oct. 27, 1990.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Castellanos of Brawley; sons, Steven Mario and Jaime Roberto Castellanos, both of Brawley; mother, Gloria Rosales of Holtville; brothers, Guillermo Rosales of El Centro, Jorge Rosales of Seeley, Luis Rosales of Mexicali, Mario Rosales Jr. of Colton and Gabriel Rosales of Fontana; sisters, Raquel Carrillo of Heber, Barbara Vasquez of Brawley, Francisca Esparza of Mexico, Gloria Rosales of Rialto and Anita and Christina Rosales, both of Colton; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral services were Monday in Ashley Stake Chapel in Vernal, Utah, for Lowell Smith Leavitt, 65, a former longtime Brawley resident who died Wednesday in Vernal.

Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park.

Mr. Leavitt was born May 18, 1936, in St. George, Utah.

He met his future wife, Carol Eubanks, while in the military in South Carolina.

He earned the nickname "Good Hand," after many years of hard work in the oil fields.

He was probably best known for his missionary work.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many positions with the church, including the state presidency, the bishopric, Sunday school and more.

Mr. Leavitt was a hunter, bred and raced quarter horses and was involved in team penning.

He was preceded in death by his father, Smith Leavitt; father-in-law, John E. Clark; children, Darrell, Denise and David Leavitt; and brother Darwin Leavitt.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Leavitt of Rangely, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Brandon Booth of Salt Lake City; mother and her husband, Laura and Bob Steele or Vernal; sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Dan Robbins of Vernal; sister, Patricia Walker of Salt Lake City; brother and sister-in-law, Mitchell and Colleen Clark of Vernal; sister-in-law, Christie Leavitt; and grandson, David Lowell Jensen of Sandy, Utah.

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