Lois Patterson

November 01, 2001

Separate memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Quaker Gardens in Stanton and at 2 p.m. Monday in Imperial Community Church for Lois Patterson, of Stanton, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Friday in Stanton.

Receptions will follow the services.

Mrs. Patterson was born on May 24, 1914, in Imperial. She graduated from Imperial Valley Union High School in 1931, earned an associate of arts degree from Central Junior College in 1935 and graduated from Riverside Library Service School a year later. She first worked as a county librarian for seven years.

She married Marvin "Pat" Patterson in 1944. The Pattersons lived in Colorado for a short time and then moved to the Imperial Valley, where Mrs. Patterson worked as a court clerk for 12 years. Along with other duties and positions, she served as the secretary and interviewer for the Court of Conciliation.

Upon her retirement, she was honored with gifts and a 40-year pin, representing her dedicated service to the Imperial County. Following her retirement, she resided in Glendora for 16 years.


Mrs. Patterson was a member of Imperial Community Church for more than 50 years and was a member and past-president of the Business and Professional Women's Club of El Centro. She aided her husband, Marvin "Pat" Patterson, in his Imperial Lions Club membership.

In 1964, after her sister and brother-in-law died, she was called upon to take care of their two surviving children. That same summer her husband died.

Her faith was important to her, as she served in many offices within the local and county Christian Endeavor organizations, according to family.

Survivors include her nephew, Stephen Knapp of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; niece, Lydia Gulick of Wichita, Kan.; six grandchildren and 11 other nieces and nephews and their families.


Visitation was Friday in Griffin Leggett Funeral Home in Rest Hills, Ark., for Bennie "J." Mitchell, 69, of Sherwood, Ark., a former Imperial Valley resident who died Oct. 23 in Sherwood.

Funeral services were Saturday in Griffin Leggett Funeral Home in Rest Hills.

Burial was in Sumner Cemetery in Cabot, Ark.

Mr. Mitchell attended Bayo Meto Elementary and graduated from Little Rock Senior High School in 1949.

He served in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a senior chief dental technician.

In October 1970, Mr. Mitchell earned an associate's degree from San Diego College of Business. He retired as an official court reporter for Imperial County in 1994.

He was an avid golfer, was a past member of Barbara Worth Country Club and a member of Balboa's Mens Club in San Diego.

Survivors include his wife, Marian Mitchell; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Vicky Mitchell; daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Bob Eisenberg; grandchildren and spouses, Vanessa and Waachiim Spirit Wolf and Joel and Paula Eisenberg; great-grandson, Waachiim Spirit Wolf Jr.; sister and brother-in-law, Jaunita "Princess" and Pete Sparks; brother and sister-in-law, Herbert E. and Mary Jo Mitchell; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Elena A. Rodriguez, 90, of Calexico, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Edmundo Zarate will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Rodriguez was born Aug. 18, 1911, in San Jose Del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

She married Ramon Rodriguez in Yuma on May 1931. She lived in the Imperial Valley for 76 years and was a homemaker.

She attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and was a member of Las Vecinas, both of Calexico.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ramon Rodriguez, in 1982; and sister, Melinda Bambrano on September 1994.

Survivors include her daughter, Herlinda Belcher of Calexico; son, Rolando Rodriguez of Calexico; nephew, Frank Aviles of San Diego; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

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