Deaths: February 14, 2002

February 14, 2002



Private services were Friday in Visalia for Brenda Geraldine Childers, 62, of Visalia, a former El Centro resident who died Feb. 2 in Visalia.

Mrs. Childers was born Nov. 13, 1939, in El Centro.

She attended schools in El Centro, graduating from Central Union High School in 1958. She worked as a crossing guard in El Centro and a bus driver for the Imperial Unified School District until she retired in 1984.

Ms. Childers was a longtime resident of El Centro, until 1999, when she moved to Visalia.

She loved being around her family and was an avid animal lover. She especially loved her horse Taco. She also was a great sister, a wonderful aunt, a good friend and a spectacularly unique woman and will missed by all who knew her, according to family.


She was preceded in death her nephew, William D. "Bill" Childers.

Survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Norma and Jim Hampton of Visalia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Carroll and Judy Childers and Alton and Geri Childers, all of Imperial; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Services will be at noon Saturday in Draper Mortuary, 811 N. Mountain Ave. in Ontario, for John Wilmore Martin, 76, of San Diego, a longtime Brawley resident who died Tuesday in San Diego.

Mr. Martin was born March 31, 1925, in Spur, Texas. He moved with his family to Ontario in 1928, where he was raised.

He graduated from Chaffey High School in Ontario in 1943, where he was a popular student and athlete, according to family.

Shortly thereafter he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as a lead navigator during World War II. He served in a B-17 bomber unit in England.

As a first lieutenant, Mr. Martin completed 30 combat missions over Germany and was awarded an air medal, four oak leaf clusters, two Bronze Stars and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

After being honorably discharged in 1945, he attended Chaffey College in Ontario and Redlands University.

Mr. Martin married Joyce Fletcher in 1947. The Martins moved to Brawley in 1953, where Mr. Martin engaged in farming and cattle-feeding.

Mr. Martin was respected around Brawley for his ability to grow record-producing cotton and sugar beets. He retired from active farming in 1980 and relocated with his wife, Joyce, to San Diego.

Mr. Martin was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Martin of San Diego; sons, Steven, Ronald and Dennis Martin, all of San Diego; daughter-in-law, Beverly Martin of San Diego; and grandchildren, Tami, Christine and Steven Martin Jr., all of San Diego.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight 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 10 a.m. 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.

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