DEATHS: Dec. 18, 2001

December 18, 2001


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Fernando C. Baiz, 48, of El Centro, who died of liver complications Wednesday in his home.

Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Baiz was born Nov. 13, 1953, in Calexico, where he was raised and attended school. He last worked as a harvesting operator for Ben Davis Harvesting for eight years.


Survivors include his son, Joel Baiz of San Diego; common-law wife, Dolores Gonzalez of San Diego; brothers, George Baiz of El Centro, Enrique Singh of La Quinta and Rudy Singh of Calexico; sisters, Cruz Baez and Sofia Villalobos, both of San Diego; mother and step-father, Serafina and Ramon Estrada of San Diego; nephew, George Baiz Jr.; and other nieces and nephews.


Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Ruth K. Caffey, 95, of Holtville, who died Friday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

David Strong will officiate.

Mrs. Caffey was born Oct. 18, 1906, in Rocky Ford, Colo. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1926 via the Old Plank Road.

She married Claude Caffey, an Imperial Valley rancher who had resided in the Valley since 1906. She helped her husband in various ranching operations.

After the death of her husband in 1953, Mrs. Caffey worked at the Niland school for several years and then for the Niland post office. She retired in 1978.

She resided in the Niland area from 1940 to 1993.

She was a member of the Imperial Valley Pioneers Society and a former member of Niland Women's Club.

One of her great joys in life was helping others driving retirees to appointments and baking cookies for many eager recipients, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her nephew, Hugh Littrell.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Barbara Caffey of Holtville; granddaughter, Julie Caffey of Holtville; and grandson, Jason Caffey of Worland, Wyo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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