DEATHS: January 17, 2002

January 17, 2002


Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 4471 Lincoln Ave. in Cypress, for Ethel S. Cummins, 81, of El Centro, who died Saturday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

The Rev. Stuart G. Craig of Vista will officiate.

Mrs. Cummins was born on June 15, 1920, in Chicago and was raised there.

She came to California in 1949, settling in Garden Grove. She was a financial investigator for the juvenile probation department in Orange County.

Mrs. Cummins was involved with the Garden Grove High School band and choral boosters. She was a lifetime member of the Garden Grove High School alumni association, according to family.


Survivors include her children, Rogene Cummins of El Centro, William Cummins of Lewiston, Linda Ferris of Tulsa, Okla., and Gene Cummins of Garden Grove; grandchildren, Ty Cummins of Grant Pass, Ore., Laurie Larson of Redding, Jennifer Ferris of Denton, Texas, Sarah Ferris of Tulsa, Okla., and Daniel, Tawny, Christopher and Melody Cummins, all of Garden Grove; four great-grandchildren and numerous cousins in the Chicago area.


Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Clair W. Mitchell, 88, of Brawley, who died Jan. 9 in Encinitas.

The Rev. Joe Finnell of Calipatria Community Church will officiate.

Burial will be under private disposition.

Mr. Mitchell was born Nov. 7, 1913, in Folsom. He married Viola Clark in 1937 and moved to Brawley shortly thereafter.

He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War II.

After ending his military service, Mr. Mitchell returned to the Imperial Valley, becoming a partner in Smith-Mitchell Insurance Agency and later acquiring part interest in Carey Bros. Insurance.

After the death of his first wife, Viola, in 1982, Mr. Mitchell married Gladys MacKenzie in 1985. The Mitchells resided in Brawley and in their mountain summer home in Jacumba. The Mitchells were members of Calipatria Community Church.

Mr. Mitchell was dedicated to his community, and was an active member of the Brawley 20-30 Club and held offices in the Brawley and Westmorland Lions Clubs and Brawley Elks.

He was president of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, Brawley Union High School Boosters Club, Campfire Girls and received the Brawley Chamber of Commerce Branding Iron Award in 1982, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys Mitchell of Brawley; daughter, Candance Flammang of Oakhurst; son, Kelly Mitchell of Visalia; stepdaughters, Laurie Massie of Brawley and Peggy Longoria of San Diego; stepsons, Jim MacKenzie of Salinas and Doug MacKenzie of Fall River; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2895 S. 8th Ave. in Yuma for Valentin Guerrero Jr., 43, of Yuma, a former El Centro resident who died Tuesday in Yuma.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Yuma.

Mr. Guerrero was born Sept. 20, 1958, in El Centro. He attended local schools and was a longtime resident of the Imperial Valley.

He married Terri Earls in El Centro on Jan. 30, 1982.

Mr. Guerrero lived in Yuma for the past 15 years, where he owned a horseshoeing business, working in the Imperial Valley and Yuma areas.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his father, Valentin Guerrero; mother, Colleen Reed; wife, Terri Guerrero; daughters, Gina Butz and Sasha and Tawnie Guerrero; grandchildren, Kyler Dorries and Kamea Butz; sisters, Theresa Parker and Margarita Guerrero, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Sts. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church in El Centro for Curtis Jack Haile, 72, of El Centro, who died Monday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Haile was born Sept. 6, 1929, in Throckmorton, Texas. He finished high school in 1948 and then moved to California, where he worked in the Stockton area.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Haile earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from California State University, Sacramento. He taught school and was a principal and superintendent.

He came to the Imperial Valley in the early 1970s and worked as a curriculum director at Calipatria High School. He earned his master's degree in counseling and was a counselor and teacher at Imperial High School for many years. He retired in 1989.

After his retirement, Mr. Haile was an ombudsman for longterm care in Imperial Valley and worked as a real estate salesman for several years. He was last associated with Robert Colter Realty.

He was a member of the Brawley Masonic Lodge, a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star and past Worthy Shepherd of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. He was a senior warden and served on the vestry of Sts. Peter and Paul Episcopal Church.

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