DEATHS: Jan. 4, 2001

January 04, 2002


Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Delvin J. Ashurst, 83, of Westmorland, who died Thursday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Faith Assembly of God in Imperial. Pastor Bill Brewer will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Ashurst was born Feb. 9, 1918 in Pomona. He moved with his family to the Westmorland area at age 4.

He attended Westmorland Elementary School, graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1935 and graduated from Brawley Junior College.

Mr. Ashurst was involved in the family business since a young age, first being employed by his father in Ashurst & Sons Beekeeping. He later owned and operated Westmorland Hardware and American Printers in Brawley before retiring in 1989.


He married Frances Murphy in Monterey Park on Dec. 7, 1943. The Ashursts had recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.

He was active in American Honey, doing bulk honey sales to businesses such as Nabisco and Knott's Berry Farm.

He was a member of the Westmorland Pentecostal Church from 1940-1969, where he served as a youth leader.

He loved music and played the piano, trombone and vibra-harp. He was an avid car racing fan and was a sponsor/owner of race cars. He flew airplanes and spent many hours fishing after his retirement, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Ashurst of Westmorland; sons and daughters-in-law, Buddy and Shirlee Ashurst of El Centro and Richard and Karin Ashurst and Kenneth and Charlotte Ashurst, all of Westmorland; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Lee Robinson and Marjorie and David Renison, all of Stockton, and Barbara and R.L. Dennis and Marilyn and Jackie Loper, all of Westmorland; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Desert Hills Fire Department in Lake Havasu, Ariz., for Carmen Ruth Gupton, 69, of Lake Havasu, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Dec. 13 in her home.

Mrs. Gupton was born Aug. 12, 1932, in Sawyers Bar.

She was active in community endeavors with her chief interest and energy focused on elder care. She was a member of the Desert Hills Fire Department auxiliary

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. A.E. Gupton, who was a Brawley chiropractor.

Survivors include her children, Larry and Norma Gupton, Larry and Jeannie Bogue, Lona and Deno De Grande and Richard and Cheryl Bogue; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Desert Hills Fire Department auxiliary in Lake Havasu.


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Johnson Chapel Church, 264 E. Hamilton Ave. in El Centro, for Daisy Mae Miller, 46, of El Centro, who died from a heart condition Dec. 24 in El Centro Regional Medical Center.  

Burial will be under private family disposition.

Mrs. Miller was born Oct. 22, 1955, in Holly Grove, Ark., and was raised there.

She moved to Winterhaven in 1978 and then lived in El Centro for 18 years.

Survivors include her sons, Bruce Lee Watkins and Robert Lee Miller, both of El Centro; daughters, Lila Watkins and Elizabeth Gordon, both of El Centro; grandson, Bruce Lee Watkins Jr. of El Centro; sister, Lila Watkins of El Centro; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First United Methodist Church in El Centro for Louise Modlin Pinkerton, 91, of Imperial, who died Dec. 26 in Valley Convalescent Center in El Centro. The Rev. Suzi Jacobson will officiate.

Mrs. Pinkerton was born on March 27, 1910, in Marion, Ind. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary school education, majoring in English and math, from Ball State in Muncie, Ind. She earned her master's degree from Arizona State University (now Northern Arizona University) in Flagstaff.

She married Carl Pinkerton on June 1, 1941.

Mrs. Pinkerton taught for 20 years at Ben Hulse Elementary in Imperial. She enjoyed playing bridge and square dancing and was an avid walker and bicycle rider, according to family.

Survivors include her husband, Carl Pinkerton of Imperial; son, David Pinkerton of Imperial; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Pinkerton Culverwell and Tom Culverwell of Jacksonville, Fla.; and granddaughters, Sabrina Diane Culverwell of Tallahassee, Fla., and Stacy Renee Culverwell of Jacksonville.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.

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