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Leo Samaha

September 27, 2001

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Leo Samaha, 84, of Holtville, who died Friday in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Samaha was born Aug. 19, 1917, in Calexico.

Mr. Samaha lived in Calexico most of his life, attending schools there and graduating from Calexico High School in 1936, where he participated in baseball, football, basketball and track and field and was selected to all-Valley teams in football and baseball.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed with the Persian Gulf Command in Khrumshar, Iran, for more than two years. His unit assembled trucks and other vehicles and was considered a supply line for the Russians.

After the service, he returned to the Imperial Valley and he and his brother, Ralph, took on more responsibilities by purchasing a grocery store from their father in Calexico.


He was always interested in sports, hunting and fishing, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Tuts Reidy, in 1993 his brother, Ralph Samaha, in 1994.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Samaha of Holtville; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Steve Barthelme of New Jersey; daughter, Cathy Dunham of Holtville; son, Jon Samaha of Morro Bay; son and daughter-in-law, Richie and Mary Samaha of Holtville; sister, Margaret Abdelnour of Phoenix; grandchildren, Mallory, Morgan and Sydney Samaha, all of Holtville; and step-grandchildren, Raina, Erin, Sam and Megan Barthelme, all of New Jersey, and Kevin and Justin Dunham, both of San Diego.

The family suggests memorials to the Holtville Rotary Club, P.O. Box 395, Holtville, CA 92250.


Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in El Redentor Assembly of God in Brawley for Jesus "Chuy" Pacheco-Ruelas, 86, of Brawley, who died Tuesday in Chase Care Center in El Cajon.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Friday in El Redentor Assembly.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Pacheco-Ruelas was born in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. She came to the United States at age 5 and later became a U.S. citizen.

She married Eufemio Ruelas in Arizona in 1938.

Mrs. Pacheco-Ruelas was an active member of El Redentor Assembly until she was disabled. She enjoyed reading the Bible, sewing, painting ceramics, embroidery and crocheting. She was a homemaker and a spiritual leader to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eufemio Ruelas, in October 1983, and son Jerry Cortez in March.

Survivors include her daughters, Lupe Ortiz, Lola Ortega, Mary Garcia, Rosa Padilla and Connie Chicon, all of Brawley, and Elena Nuñez of San Diego; sons, Eufemio "Pemo" Ruelas Jr. of Davis and Meño and Jesse "Tituy" Ruelas, both of Brawley; sister, Maria "Lico" Bustamante of Brawley; brother, Vicente "Chente" Pacheco Jr. of Mexicali; 29 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.


A memorial Mass was celebrated Sunday in San Diego Hospice for Dr. Robert Warren Morris, 77, of San Diego, a former El Centro resident who died Friday in San Diego.

Dr. Morris was born on April 29, 1924, in Denver. He lived and practice medicine in El Centro until December 1993.

He delivered more than 10,000 babies and saved countless women's lives during his medical career, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Morris of San Diego; children, Debbie and Rik; step-children, Kathleen, Ray, Mary, Marvin and Sara; and grandchildren, Nancy, Mollie, Kristen, Grace, Max, Steve, Bobby, Alex and Sasha.

The family suggests memorials to San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA 92103.

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