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Deaths: February 13, 2002

February 13, 2002

MARIA DE LOS ANGELES VELIZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in The Door Christian Fellowship in El Centro for Maria De Los Angeles Veliz, 40, of Heber, who died Feb. 6 of a blood infection in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday in The Door Christian Fellowship in El Centro. Pastor Thomas Alvarez will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Veliz was born Oct. 12, 1961, in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. She came to the Imperial Valley with her family at a young age, settling and attending schools in Heber.

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She worked in agriculture for 10 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Illiana Campana of Heber; son, Rudy Arroyo of Heber; parents, Severiano and Tomasita Veliz of Heber; brothers, Severiano Veliz Jr. of Torreon, Francisco Veliz of San Diego and Tomas Veliz of San Luis Obispo; and sisters, Teresa Veliz of Dallas, Eulalia Veliz of Heber and Leticia Garcia of Madera.

QUILON A. DARDEN

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Quilon A. Darden, 79, of El Centro, who died Thursday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Services will be Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. Pastor Samuel Moore of Holy Tabernacle Church of God in Christ of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Darden was born on March 18, 1922, in Cooperton, Okla. She came to the Imperial Valley with her parents in the early 1930s, settling in El Centro. She attended local schools.

She married L.C. Darden in El Centro in 1945 and worked for many years in the domestic industry before her retirement.

Mrs. Darden was a dedicated member of Holy Tabernacle Church of El Centro for many years, where she served as a secretary and licensed missionary. She lived for her family and her church, according to family.

Survivors include her husband, L.C. Darden Sr. of El Centro; sons, Ronald and L.C. Darden Jr., both of El Centro; daughter, Imogene Falkner of San Bernardino; brother, Maurice Wiley of Los Angeles; sister-in-law, Helen Wiley of Los Angeles; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

SAMUEL PERILLO QUIRARTE

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Samuel Perillo Quirarte, 34, of Heber, who died Sunday in Heber.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico. Pastor Pedro Romero of Seventh-Day Adventist Church of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Quirarte was born Aug. 28, 1967, in Brawley. He married Sylvia Ferrusca in El Centro.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jose Benito Quirarte, in 1998.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Ferrusca Quirarte of El Centro; children, Linda, Carolina and Saul Quirarte, all of El Centro; mother, Esther Perillo of Heber; brothers, Mike Quirarte of Hemet, Andres Quirarte of Heber and Manuel Arvizo of Riverside; sister, Patricia Quirarte of Heber; nephews, Jesus Miguel Quirarte of Riverside and Luis Fernando Quirarte of Hemet; nieces, Carmen Quirarte of Phoenix, Alicia Quirarte of Perris, Diana Cristina Quirarte of El Centro and Adelaida Arvizo of Riverside; grandmother, Francisca Durazo of Heber; and numerous aunts and uncles.

MARGARET LOUISE "PEGGY"

WHITELAW YEAGER

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in First United Methodist Church, 312 S. 8th St. in El Centro, for Margaret Louise "Peggy" Whitelaw Yeager, 86, of El Centro, who died Monday in her home.

Mrs. Yeager was born on May 5, 1915, in Los Angeles and moved to Calexico as a baby.

She attended local schools and graduated from University of California, Berkeley, where she majored in English and art.

While at Berkeley, she met Russell H. Yeager and they married shortly after their graduation. She was a homemaker most of her life, raising four children.

Mrs. Yeager was an accomplished musician and artist. Once she played a recital at age 12, accompanying her mother on the piano, who was a former symphony violinist.

Her home was filled with her paintings, according to family.

She was a member of the Imperial Valley Art Association, Presbyterian Women's Guild, American Association of University Women, Harding School PTA, Cal Berkeley Alumni Association, The Humane Society and Imperial County Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell H. Yeager, in 1984.

Survivors include her son, Russ D. Yeager of El Centro; son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Dinah Yeager of El Centro; daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Herb Pierson of El Centro and Dru and Scott Holbrook of Bakersfield; grandchildren, Zack Yeager of Costa Mesa, Sara Yeager of Hollywood, Nicholas Yeager, Angela Cotugno, Christian Zuin and  Kate, Kelly, Kimberly and David Pierson, all of El Centro, and Lauren Holbrook of Bakersfield.

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