Ora Crager

February 27, 2002

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Ora Crager, 84, of Brawley, who died Tuesday in Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro.

Mrs. Crager was born on March 19, 1917, in Texas.

She married Robert C. Crager.

Mrs. Crager lived in the Anaheim area until 1987 when she relocated to Brawley, where she was a pastor at Foursquare Gospel Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Crager; son, Charles R. Crager in 1987; and daughter, LaFaye Hicks.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Cynthia King and Debra D. Crager, both of Brawley, and Jeff Hicks; great-grandchildren, Harley and Teela King and Raven Smith, all of Brawley; great-great-grandchild, Catherine King of Brawley; and daughter-in-law, Cynthia Ann Swindle of Indio.



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Maria M. Lainez, 57, of Brawley, who died of cancer Monday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Eliseo Napier will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Lainez was born Nov. 4, 1944, in San Salvador, El Salvador, where she attended schools.

She married Sebastian Mejia.

Mrs. Lainez came to the United States in 1988, settling in Fresno until 1992 when she relocated to Brawley. She worked in agriculture for about 10 years, most recently for Zinn Packing.

She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley. According to her family, she loved being around her family and children.

Survivors include her husband, Sebastian Mejia of El Salvador; sons, Daniel Mejia of Fresno, Evelio and Mario Mejia, both of El Salvador, and Angel, Milton and Carlos F. Mejia, all of Brawley; daughters, Dilcia, Rosa Elvira and Norma I. Mejia, all of Brawley; and several grandchildren.



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Robert James "Papa James" Armstrong, 77, of Imperial, who died Sunday in El Centro.

Chapel services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro. Pastor Art Ziegler will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Armstrong was born Jan. 20, 1925, in New Albany, Miss. He served in the military in 1943 and a year after married Evelyn Downs in Osceola, Ark., on July 1, 1944.

He worked as a farmer and roofer, and retired from Holtville Alfalfa Mill after 25 years of service.

Mr. Armstrong enjoyed being with his family, traveling and stock car racing, according to his family.

He was preceded in death by his son Roger Armstrong and grandson Charles Patrick Armstrong.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Armstrong of Imperial; daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Willard Edgmon and of Pam and Gregg Beal, all of Imperial, and Debbie and George Wilson of St. Charles, Mo; sons, Richard Armstrong of Memphis, Tenn., and Jimmy Armstrong of Bard; sons and daughters-in-law, David and Donna Armstrong of Wrightwood and Phillip and Nancy Armstrong and Terry and Lori Armstrong, all of Imperial; brother, Curtis Armstrong of Earle, Ark.; sister, Francis Jones of Earle; 26 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.


A private memorial service was Monday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Perfecto R. Jimenez Sr., 94, of Imperial, who died Sunday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

The Rev. John QuiƱonez of El Centro officiated.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hillside Memorial Park in Redlands. The Rev. John QuiƱonez will officiate.

Mr. Jimenez was born April 8, 1907, in the Philippines. He came to the United States in 1927, settling in the Imperial Valley for 75 years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Adelina Jimenez; son, Perfecto Jimenez Jr.; and grandsons, Richard and Mark Jimenez.

Survivors include his wife, Elvira Jimenez of Imperial; daughter, Esther Gage of Santee; daughter and son-in-law, Dora and Coy Moore of Wichita, Kan.; sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Cindy Jimenez of Las Vegas, Richard and Lourdes Jimenez of La Mesa, Gabby and Bertha Jimenez of Orange and Ike and Vivian Jimenez of El Centro; brothers, Wilfredo and Ajelio Jimenez, both of the Philippines, and Ezekiel Jimenez of Chula Vista; sister, Leonila Lasibel of the Philippines; stepchildren and spouses, Ismael and Delores Beltran of Seeley and Arturo and Juana Beltran and Enrique and Sylvia Oceguera, all of Calexico, and Guadalupe Castro of Imperial, 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


Private family services will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Flora Bell Smith, 83, of Brawley, who died Sunday in Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

Mrs. Smith was born Aug. 21, 1918, in Salisaw, Okla., and was raised there.

She married Olen Smith in Claremore, Okla., on June 16, 1934, where they resided for more than 20 years. The Smiths came to the Imperial Valley in 1958, settling in Brawley.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and her life was her family, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Smith, in 1978.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Ronald Gibson of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Burl and Cathy Smith of San Bernardino; and eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.

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