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Maria C. Asuncion

November 05, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Maria Cresencia Asuncion, 76, of El Centro, who died Friday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico with the Rev. Edmundo Zarate officiating.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Asuncion was born April 19, 1925, in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, and was raised there. She later lived in Mexicali and moved to the United States in 1958.

She married Bartolome Asuncion in Tijuana on April 2, 1958. She worked as a nurse/midwife, delivering hundreds of babies in Mexico.

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Her passion was to become a U.S. citizen and earn the right to vote, according to family. She last worked in packaging at a curtain manufacturing plant in Calexico for 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bartolome Asuncion, in 1976.

Survivors include her children, Guillermo Izabal of Culiacan, Eduardo Asuncion, Maria Alejandra Arredondo, Rosa Elma Figueroa and Martha Fernandez, all of El Centro, and Gloria Asuncion Wong of Calexico; brother, Jesus Arredondo of Ensenada; sister, Ninfa Arredondo of Mexico City; and grandchildren, Elma Rosa Yaccino, Luis Alejandro and Izabel Figueroa, Susana Torres, Guillermo and Daniela Izabal and Brianah and Summer Wong.

FRANK FOSTER

Memorial services will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Calipatria Assembly of God for Frank Foster, 51, of Brawley, who died Thursday in his home.

May Travis will officiate.

Mr. Foster was born May 23, 1950, in Holdenville, Okla., and moved with his parents to the Imperial Valley at age 6. He attended grammar school in the Imperial Valley and then moved to Fillmore, where he graduated from Fillmore High School in 1969.

A few years after his graduation, Mr. Foster moved back to the Imperial Valley and began working as a cowboy for several feedlots. He married Cheryl Plunkett in El Centro on April 11, 1996.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Ronnie Foster, in 1973; son, Troy Hiscox in 1986; and granddaughter, Cheyenne Bakkin in 2001.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Foster of Brawley; mother, Juanita Foster of Spearmon, Texas; father, Delbert Foster of El Centro; daughter, Jennifer L. Lawrence of Phoenix; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Ronnie Baker of Yuma; sons and daughters-in-law, Lee and Dawn Foster of San Diego and David and Amber Swain of Brawley; son, Ryan Obeso of Brawley; brothers, Gene and Roy Foster, both of Brawley, and David Foster of Imperial; sister, Linda Travis of Spearmon; and 14 grandchildren.

JAMES DEWIT WILLEY

Memorial services will be Thursday in Auburn, Wash., for James Dewit Willey, 61, who died of lung cancer Oct. 26 at Bailey-Boushay House in Seattle.

Mr. Willey was born Oct. 7, 1940, in Los Angeles and moved to Brawley in 1955. He graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps, stationed in the Panama Canal Zone.

He attended Imperial Valley College and University of Arizona at Tucson He graduated from ITT with a electronics engineering degree.

His hobbies included listening to music and bicycling. Until recently he was a bicycle track racer.

Survivors include his stepmother, Louise K. Willey of Brawley; stepbrothers, Al Kalin and wife, Patti, of Westmorland and Carson Kalin and wife, Janeen, of Brawley; nephews, nieces and other relatives.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Bailey-Boushay House, 2720 E. Madison Street, Seattle.

DANIEL ZAVALA

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Daniel Zavala, 61, of Heber, who died Friday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heber. The Rev. Angelo Risoli will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Zavala was born Aug. 28, 1940, in Houston. He moved to San Bernardino at age 6.

Mr. Zavala married Hermelinda Cuellar in Mexicali on Sept. 26, 1970, then moved to Heber.

He worked as a foreman for Southern Pacific Railroad Co., retiring after 34 years.

He was preceded in death by his brother Nicholas Rodriguez in 1996.

Survivors include his wife, Hermelinda Zavala of Heber; daughters, Linda and Daniella Zavala, both of San Diego, and Patricia "Patty" Zavala of Heber; brother, Pablo Zavala of Corona; sisters, Rosa Diaz of Riverside and Maria Severs of Corona; grandchildren, Linda, Ericka, Carlin, Matthew and Danny, all of Heber; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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