DEATHS: Feb. 28, 2002

February 28, 2002


Services are pending for Leona Blevins, 76, of Modesto, a former Brawley resident who died Feb. 16 in Modesto.

Mrs. Blevins was born Aug. 25, 1926, in Brandford, Conn.

She married Roy L. Blevins on Feb. 16, 1946.

She was preceded in death by her husband in November 2000 and son Tad Blevins in 1959.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Lee and DeeDee Blevins of El Centro, Gary and Debbie Blevins of Phoenix, Wes and Allison Blevins of Templeton and Ray and Beckie Blevins of Brawley; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Doug Ridenour of Modesto and Tina and Mark Stiegemeyer of Brawley, and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the home of the Edman family on Horne Road in El Centro, for William J. "Bill" Edman, 40, of South Lebanon, Ohio, a former El Centro resident who died of pneumonia Feb. 21 in South Lebanon.


His remains were cremated.

Mr. Edman was born Oct. 2, 1961, in Brawley and attended schools in El Centro.

He lived in San Diego and Texas and last relocated to South Lebanon.

Survivors include his parents, Betty and Ray Edman of El Centro; brothers, Steve, Jeffery and David Edman, all of El Centro; sister, Rona Rivera of Yuma; three nieces and five nephews.


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 Quiñonez of El Centro officiated.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Hillside Memorial Park in Redlands. The Rev. John Quiñonez 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.


Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Ozie Johnson, 92, a longtime Imperial Valley resident who died Feb. 21.

His remains were cremated and will be interred next to his wife, Effie Johnson; and daughter and son-in-law, Janice Kay and Bill Cain.

Mr. Johnson was born on March 3, 1909, in Bells, Tenn. He came with his family to the Imperial Valley by train in 1917.

He married his wife, Effie, in Mississippi in 1935 and they honeymooned on their way back to the Valley.

Prior to Mr. Johnson's impairment, he was employed at Frank Lyle's service station in Westmorland for more than 30 years.

The Johnsons were residents at Royal Convalescent Home in Brawley, from which health-care workers at the convalescent home said, "Mr. Johnson was ‘the best patient.'"

According to his sister-in-law, Audrey Johnson, "Everybody adored him. He loved people and he remained very mentally alert up to his passing."

He loved to laugh and kept himself strong by doing pull-ups in his hospital bed, according to his family.

Survivors include his brother, Ernie Johnson of Hemet; grandson, Tony Cain of Gig Harbor, Wash.; and great-grandson, Zachary Cain of Gig Harbor.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Pioneers' Museum, 373 W. Aten Road, Imperial, CA 92251.


A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Niland for Crisparo Acosta Vista, 100, of Calipatria, who died Feb. 19 in Royal Convalescent Hospital in Brawley.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Vista was born Feb. 28, 1901, in the Philippines and was raised there. He moved to the Imperial Valley in 1935, where he settled ever since.

He was a farmer in Niland for several years and later worked as a gardener at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley for 10 years.

Mr. Vista loved to fish and to be outdoors. He was an accomplished gardener and kept an immaculate yard and a beautiful garden at home, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Samuel and Ernest Vista.

Survivors include his wife, Natividad Vista of Brawley; sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Mary Vista of Indio and Robert and Judy Vista of Calipatria; son, Crisparo Vista Jr. of Los Angeles; daughters, Linda Galvan of Compton and Amelia Vista of Rosemead; 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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