DEATHS: Oct. 2, 2001

October 02, 2001


Services were Wednesday in Erickson-Anderson Chapel in La Mesa for Mary Lou Hawkins, 51, of Santee, a former El Centro resident who died of diabetes Sept. 22 in Santee.

Mrs. Hawkins was born Aug. 13, 1950, in Tennessee. She lived in El Centro for more than 25 years and was a homemaker

Survivors include her husband, Richard Hawkins of Santee; daughter, Tracey Hawkins of Rancho San Diego; sons, Richard Hawkins Jr. of Santee and Christopher Jr. of Oceanside; sisters, Ann Mostoller of Grand Rapids, Minn., Faye Shaffer of Holtville and Shirley Atwood of Little Rock, Ark.; brother, Gary Williams of Mississippi; and two grandchildren.


The family suggest memorials to American Diabetes Association, 225 Broadway, Suite 310, San Diego, CA 92101.


A memorial service for Edward Martin Willis, 74, will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at the McEwen Funeral Home in Mint Hill, N.C.

Mr. Willis, a former Holtville resident, died Saturday in Carrington Place Hospital in Matthews, N.C.

He was born May 7, 1927, in De Queen, Ark. He attended Holtville schools.

The retired U.S. Army colonel was a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and earned a master's degree in civil engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

As a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he graduated from the Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kan., and from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

During his 32 years in the Army, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and the Exceptional Heroism award at Fort Benning, Ga.

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

He is survived by his wife, Joanne of Matthews, N.C.; five children; sister, Mary Elizabeth Biow of San Francisco; brothers, Cmdr. Arthur A. Willis of El Centro and John Willis of Los Altos, 10 grandchildren and 17 nieces and nephews.

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