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L.c. Darden Sr.

February 25, 2002

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for L.C. Darden Sr., 89, of El Centro, who died Feb. 14 in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. The Rev. Samuel Moore of Holy Tabernacle Church of Christ of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Darden was born July 24, 1912, in Texas, where he attended schools. He came to California in 1940, settling in El Centro.

He married Quilon A. Wiley in El Centro in 1945.

Mr. Darden worked as a shop foreman for the El Centro School District for 20 years.

He was a member of Holy Tabernacle Church of Christ. He will be missed dearly by his family, according to family.

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He was preceded in death by his wife, Quilon A. Darden, on Feb. 7.

Survivors include his sons, L.C. Jr. and Ronald Darden, both of El Centro; daughter, Imogene Falkner of San Bernardino; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

ROBERTO C. ORTEGA

Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Roberto C. Ortega, 66, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Prayer services were at 10 today in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro.

Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Ortega was born May 21, 1935, in Brawley and was raised in Westmorland, attending schools there.

He was an artist who made many paintings for family members.

Mr. Ortega was preceded in death by his parents, Ygnacio and Armida Ortega, in 1982; brothers, Carlos Ortega in 1964, Raymond Ortega in 1972 and Alex Ortega in 1982; and sister, Mary Salinas in 1995.

Survivors include his sisters, Delfina Ortega of Salinas and Virginia O. Ruiz of Gilroy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

HAROLD LLOYD BUTCHER Sr.

Services are pending for Harold Lloyd Butcher Sr., 82, of Watsonville, a former Imperial resident who died Sunday in Watsonville.

Mr. Butcher was born May 27, 1919, in North Dakota.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, served in the National Guard and worked for the Imperial County's Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Ray Rowe. He also worked as superintendent of the Imperial County juvenile hall in Imperial for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Isabel Butcher of Watsonville; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann "Susie" and Tom Ludlow and Harriet and John Scott, all of Imperial; daughter, Martha Needham of Escondido; son, Harold L. Butcher Jr. of Imperial; sister, Wanda of Watsonville; three stepdaughters in Watsonville; grandchildren, Carrie Lacey of Corona, Susan Johnson of Canby, Ore., Tuesday Verbrugh and Jim Butcher, both of El Centro, and Tim and Greg Needham, both of Escondido; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

MARIA A. RUELAS

Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Maria A. Ruelas, 72, of Calexico, who died Wednesday.

Mass was celebrated at 9 this morning in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Edmundo Zarate officiated.

Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Ruelas was born June 18, 1929, in Superior, Ariz.

She married Gonzalo A. Ruelas in Mexicali in 1944. She was a homemaker for 57 years.

Mrs. Ruelas was a loving mother and grandmother who will be remembered by her family, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gonzalo A. Ruelas, in March 1987.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Gonzalo G. and Martha B. Ruelas of Calexico and Frank and Gabriela Ruelas of Broomfield, Colo.; daughters and son-in-law, Yolanda and Ramiro Leal and Elizabeth and Victor Velez, all of Calexico; and 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

THELMA IRENE TOMNITZ RAMPLEY

Memorial services were Wednesday in Yuma Mortuary & Crematory for Thelma Irene Tomnitz Rampley, 72, of Yuma, a former Imperial resident who died Feb. 18 in Yuma Regional Medical Center.

The Rev. Mike Elg of Yuma officiated.

Mrs. Rampley was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Valley Park, Mo. She lived in Imperial for many years.

She was a homemaker and also worked in Yuma.

Mrs. Rampley was always willing to help her friends and relatives, according to family.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Toni and Gary Tucker of Phoenix; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Tammie Heinemann of Chicago; brother, Tom Tomnitz of Yuma; and seven grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Crossroads Mission of Yuma.

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