DEATHS: Oct. 1, 2001

October 01, 2001



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Gracie Bernice Burton, 76, of Holtville, who died Thursday in Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

Chapel services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. The Rev. Richard Moore of First Southern Baptist Church of Holtville will officiate.

Burial will be in Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Yuma.

Mrs. Burton was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Garvin, Okla., and raised there. She came to California in 1960, settling in Holtville.


Mrs. Burton later moved to the Modesto and Barstow areas, residing there for a few years, and returned to Holtville in 1992. She was a homemaker all her life, raising all her children.

She loved playing bingo and being around her family, according to family.

Survivors include her children, Marie Mandis of Colorado, Ruthie Walker of Phoenix, Charlotte Procalamos of Ramona, David Rodgers of Ceres, Alvin Kinsey of Oklahoma, Lola Lindsey of Joshua Tree and Ella Toten, Nancy Toten and Roy Rodgers, all of Holtville; brother, Harold Rowland of Oklahoma; sisters, Ella Klumker and Mildred Ratua, both of Yuma, and Ruby Thompson of Oklahoma; 28 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Levell McKinzie, 83, of El Centro, who died Saturday in Alvarado Hospital in San Diego.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. The Revs. Cecil Barham of the Assembly of God of El Centro and Bill Brewer of Faith Assembly of Imperial will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. McKinzie was born Sept. 26, 1918, in Seminole, Okla. She was raised in Seminole and Dolores, Colo. She moved to the Imperial Valley in 1929, settling in El Centro.

She married Dee McKinzie in Yuma on Oct. 11, 1939.

The McKinzies had attended First Assembly of God in El Centro since 1941, helping the church in any way they could, according to family.

Mrs. McKinzie was preceded in death by her sisters, Lorene Bradbury and Neoma Hartman; and brother, Ralph Duggins.

Survivors include her husband, Dee McKinzie of El Centro; son and daughter-in-law, David and Shirley McKinzie of El Centro; brother, Delton Duggins of Delhi; sisters, Doris Crane of Ceres and Aline Jenkins of Ohio; grandchildren and spouses, Shannon and Michael Johnston of El Centro and Kevin and Christy McKinzie of Modesto; great-grandchildren, Russell Johnston of El Centro and Conner McKinzie of Modesto; and numerous nieces and nephews.


A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 36 E. Naples St. in Chula Vista, for Cecil "Cy" Narciso, 80, of Chula Vista, who died Wednesday in Chula Vista.

His remains were cremated.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in St. Pius X Catholic Church in Chula Vista.

Mr. Narciso was born in Wallingford, Vt. He and his wife, Yvette, earlier had lived in Holtville.

Mr. Narciso was chief executive officer for Imperial Savings and Loans during the 1960s and 1970s. After living in the Imperial Valley, he was transferred to Imperial Savings and Loan corporate offices in San Diego and then resided in Chula Vista in his retirement years. The Narcisos continued visiting the Imperial Valley to see friends and participate in local golf tournaments and events.

Mr. Narciso was president of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the El Centro Kiwanis Club, Barbara Worth Country Club and other local organizations.

Survivors include his wife, Yvette B. Narciso of Chula Vista; daughter, Yvonne M. Barnum of Coronado; sons, Robert E. Narciso of Vancouver, Wash., and John Narciso of Del Mar; brother, Pat Narciso of Bethlehem, Conn.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Kidney Foundation of Southern California, 3570 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA 92108, or San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA 92103.


Services are pending for Col. Edward Martin Willis, 74, formerly of Holtville, who died Saturday in a hospital in Matthews, N.C. He was a a resident of Matthews.

The retired army colonel was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He earned a master's degree in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After his retirement from the Army, he headed the department of engineering at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Coincidentally this week's edition of the Holtville Tribune noted in its regular history feature that 30 years ago Willis received a bronze Award of Merit from the Army for his work as director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research center in Washington, D.C.

Willis and the former Joanne Brewster of Boston had been married 50 years.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne of Matthews, his son, Edward Jr. of Fairbanks, Alaska, four daughters, Joanne Shepard and Dr. Rachel Cain, both of Raleigh, N.C., Sherry Cochran of Charlotte and Valerie Thrower of St. Peter, Minn., and his two brothers, Lt. Cmdr. U.S. Navy (retired) Arthur A. Willis of El Centro and John Willis, a computer engineer of Los Altos.

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