Gwen Henry

February 23, 2002

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Gwen Henry, 80, of Brawley, who died Thursday in her home.

Funeral arrangements were made by Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley.

Born April 16, 1921, in Oakes, N.D., Mrs. Henry graduated from Oakes High School in 1939. She began working for North American Creameries following her schooling.

She married Robert Henry on Nov. 8, 1944, in Webster, S.D. The couple moved to San Diego in 1951 and to the Imperial Valley in 1953, settling in Brawley where her husband owned and operated Henry's Pharmacy and Brawley Drug Store.

Mrs. Henry was primarily a homemaker but also worked as a bookkeeper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Henry, on July 5.

Survivors include her sons, Robert James Henry of Massachusetts and Brett Jeffery Henry of Brawley; sister-in-law, Grace Gaspar of Brawley; nephews, Michael Gaspar of Brawley and Kirk Gaspar of Minnesota; nieces, Sandra Lane of Brawley and Lanai Nunn and Pamela Gaspar, both of El Centro; and grandchildren, Steven and Sarah Henry of Massachusetts.


Claire Davis Polfus

No services were held for Claire Davis Polfus, 79, of Portland, Ore., a former Holtville resident who died in her home Feb. 5.

Mrs. Polfus was born Jan. 26, 1923 in Rushford, N.Y. She married Harlan Bradley in 1945 in New York. He died in 2000.

Mrs. Polfus graduated from Holton College in 1940 and earned her master's degree in mathematics from Stanford University in Palo Alto in 1966, while raising five children.

Mrs. Polfus taught math at Holtville High School for 20 years. Following her retirement in 1983 she taught math part-time at Imperial Valley College.

In 1977 she was Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 276 in El Centro.

She lived in Oregon the last 10 years of her life.

Survivors include her children, Sam Bradley of Augusta, Ga., Ed Bradley of Sacramento, Peggy Jensen of Beaverton, Ore., Vickie LaPorte of Milwaukie, Ore., and Jane Atkin of Portland; and 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Memorial services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in First United Methodist Church's fellowship hall in El Centro for Vivian L. Reeder, 84, of El Centro, who died Feb. 12 in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

The Rev. Suzi Jacobson will officiate.

Her remains were cremated.

Mrs. Reeder was born Aug. 23, 1917, in Wolcott, Colo. She worked as a print setter for the Imperial Valley Press.

She was a Pink Lady at ECRMC, volunteered at WomanHaven and was a member of the 2SDAY Club. She also was a member of First United Methodist Church and a deaconess at the First Presbyterian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Reeder.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Blafield of Imperial Beach; son, Winthrop Coats of Montana, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Humane Society of Imperial Valley, 1575 W. Pico Ave., El Centro, CA 92243, or the WomenHaven Center Against Domestic Violence, 395 Broadway, El Centro, CA 92243.

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