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Hazel Tow

September 17, 2001

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 26 in Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita for former Imperial Valley resident Hazel Tow, 81, of La Mesa, who died from lung cancer Friday in Sharps Hospice Care's Lave View Home.

Born Jan. 16, 1920 in Missouri, Mrs. Tow moved to Holtville with her family in 1924.

She graduated from Holtville Union High School in 1936 and went on to attend the University of Southern California as a journalism major. She earned her bachelor's degree in 1940.

Mrs. Tow worked for the Holtville Tribune and for the USC Daily Trojan.

She went on to work for the Visalia Times Delta and Acme News Pictures in Los Angeles.

In 1943 she joined the Los Angeles bureau of the United Press, and in 1945 she became one of only 117 accredited women war correspondents.

She later was the night cable editor for United Press in San Francisco, and in 1947 she married Wallace Tow in Los Angeles. The Tows moved back to the Valley where their daughter Kristin was born.


While in El Centro, Mrs. Tow was involved in local and state politics and was named by Gov. Pat Brown to the Colorado Regional Water Pollution Control Board.

During that time she worked for the Imperial Valley Press and edited the Imperial Valley Weekly.

In the mid-1960s she moved to San Diego and in 1970 became the society editor for the San Diego Tribune.

In 1984 she was honored by the Combined Arts and Education Council of San Diego County for her service to San Diego arts. The Salvation Army named her one of its 1976 Women of Dedication. The San Diego Chapter of Women in Communications recognized her for professional achievement with its Galley Slave Award; and in 1984 the national Phi Mu fraternity named her an Outstanding Alumna.

Tow was one of the first women members of the journalism society, Sigma Delta Chi — now Society of Profesional Journalists

She is survived by her daughter, Kristin Tow.

Donations may be made to Sharp Hospice Care c/o Grossmont Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 158, La Mesa, CA 91944.


Services were Sept. 1 in Church of Our Saviour in Lakeside, Ariz., for Mary Louis Wine-Stiles, 52, of Pinetop, Ariz., a former Holtville resident who died of melanoma Sept. 1 in Pinetop.

A community memorial service will be conducted in Pinetop at a later date.

Mrs. Stiles lived in Holtville from 1955 to 1967, graduating from Holtville High School in 1966.

She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Holtville and a member and Honored Queen of Holtville Bethel Job's Daughters.

Survivors include her mother, Mae Wine Wiley of Pinetop; son, Martin of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Charlotte of Pinetop; sisters, Kay Phillips and Sandy Wine, both of San Diego; step-sister, Marlene Berntzen of Tucson, Ariz.; and step-brother, John Wiley of Phoenix, Ariz.

The family suggests memorials to RTA Hospice Inc., Route 4, P.O Box 1740, Suite 5, Lakeside, AZ 85929, Church of Our Saviour (Episcopal), P.O. Box 71, Lakeside, AZ 85929, or to the charity of the donor's choice.


Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brawley for Barbara Edelman, 81, of Brawley, who died Friday in her home. The Rev. Ben Davison will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Edelman was born Nov. 20, 1919, in Hood River, Ore. She moved with her family to Caldwell, Idaho, where she attended grade school and high school. She completed her degree in nursing in Boise, Idaho.

Mrs. Edelman worked in nursing in Fresno, San Francisco, San Diego and Phoenix and settled in Brawley in 1956.

She worked as a registered nurse with Dr. George Jaquith and Dr. Ted Niewenhaus at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. She also worked as a voluntary children's tutor at Sacred Heart School in Brawley.

Upon her retirement, Mrs. Edelman continued caring for anyone who needed her. Her family described her as a gracious giving person who had left a deep and lasting memory in the lives of her family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Madeline Lindquist; sons, Joseph and John Edelman; grandchildren, Jacqueline, John Jr., Joseph Jr., John and Sarah Edelman and Cynthia and Erin Lindquist; great-grandchildren, Alyssa Cheeseman and Kristen Edelman; and sisters, Ruth Heavey and Helen Auberman.

The family suggests memorials to HomeChoice Hospice, American Cancer Society, or Sacred Heart School.


Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Roger Barfell Sr., 70, of Indio, who died Tuesday in Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage. The Rev. Maebell Travis will officiate.

Mr. Barfell was born Dec. 8, 1930, in Michigan City, Ind., and attended schools there.

Mr. Barfell worked in the oil fields in Wyoming until he moved to Arizona to work in the hay business with his father, Harvey Barfell. He was a truck driver until an illness forced him to retire in 2000.

Mr. Barfell and his wife, Marie Barfell, had been residing in Indio for the past 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Barfell of Indio; son and daughter-in-law, Roger Jr. and Rita Barfell of Alta Loma; sons, Donald Lee Barfell of Reno and Nathan Barfell of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Ashleigh and Randy Barfell, both of Alta Loma, and Tori and Dustin Barfell, both of Reno; brothers, Dale Barfell of Yuma and James, Daniel and Harvey Barfell Jr., all of Calipatria; sister, Sue Ann Barfell of Imperial Beach; aunts, Glendora Dobbins of Washington, Leona Baldry of Brawley and Madell Barfell of Westmorland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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