DEATHS: January 7, 2002

January 07, 2002



Memorial services were Dec. 19 in Central Baptist Church in El Centro for Verdie Mae "Rose" Paschall, 91, of El Centro, who died Dec. 15 in her home.

Pastor Jim Mersereau officiated.

Mrs. Paschall was born Sept. 1, 1910, in Big Sandy, Tenn. She married Eston E. Paschall in 1929.

The Paschalls moved to the Imperial Valley in 1950, settling in Heber, where Mrs. Paschall's father had established the First Missionary Baptist Church in 1951 and pastored for many years.

Mrs. Paschall was trained in classical music, studying at the Detroit Institute of Art. She studied voice and taught private piano lessons, according to family.


She was a Christian for 76 years and a member of Central Baptist Church, where she played the piano during Wednesday night services.

She was preceded in death by her son, Arthur Frank Paschall; husband, Eston Eurie Paschall; and brothers, H.F. Bailey and Tolbert Robbins.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Bill Birdyshaw of El Centro; grandson, William Birdyshaw of Huntsville; brother, Chester Robbins of South Carolina; sisters, Ruby Adam, Bobbie Mahan and June Henderson, all of El Centro; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Charlotte Stills-Parris, 60, of El Centro, who died in an auto/bicycle accident Friday in El Centro. Pastor Jim Parris will officiate.

Mrs. Stills-Parris was born Aug. 16, 1941, in Pasadena.

She came to the Imperial Valley at age 14, settling in Brawley, where she graduated from Brawley Union High School in 1958.

Mrs. Stills-Parris earned a degree in nursing from Imperial Valley College in 1976. She later worked at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley and El Centro Regional Medical Center as well as Calexico Hospital and other hospitals in Southern California.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Brawley for many years.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Kenny and Janet Stills of Brawley; daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Dennis Cox of Show Low, Ariz., and Janice and Mike Lomas of El Centro; daughter, Michelle Fitzpatrick of El Centro; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Ofelia Parris of Newhall; sister, Susan Neil of Utah; companion, Joe Rubio of El Centro; and 11 grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Jose Y. Guillen, 83, of Holtville, who died Thursday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville. The Rev. Cecilio Moraga will officiate.

Burial will be in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Mr. Guillen was born Nov. 27, 1918, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico.

He married Lucila Ambriz in Michoacan and came to the Imperial Valley in 1941, settling in Holtville and raising his nine children there.

He was a tractor driver in the agriculture industry for Hawk & Sperber for 47 years.

He was preceded in death by his son Joe Guillen.

Survivors include his sons, Steven, Harvey, Arthur and Pete Guillen, all of Holtville; daughters, Theresa Guillen, Gracie Tabita and Bertha Avila, all of Holtville, and Mary Moore of Alpine; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


No services were conducted for Linda Louise Warner, 49, of El Centro, who died of cancer Dec. 30 in her home.

Her remains were cremated.

Mrs. Warner was born Aug. 12, 1952, in Little Falls, N.Y. She married Sheldon Warner in Canajoharie, N.Y.

Mrs. Warner worked at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley for 16 years and moved to El Centro in 1974.

Survivors include her husband, Sheldon Warner of El Centro; mother, Regina Higgins of El Centro; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenneth J. and Lynn Higgins of Michigan and Robert and Georgia Higgins of Galt; sisters and brothers-in-law, Merry and Mike Corso of St. Johnsville, N.Y., and Karen Higgins-Bassett and George Bassett of Dolgeville, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests donations be sent to Pioneers Memorial Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

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