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Deaths: March 6, 2002

March 06, 2002


Services will be at 1 today in El Cajon Mortuary, 684 S. Mollison Ave., for Charline F. Landis, 86, of Lakeside, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Friday in her home.

Mrs. Landis was born Feb. 10, 1916, in Lancaster, Ohio.She was a foster parent in Imperial and San Diego counties from the 1950s through 1970s.

Mrs. Landis was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Landis; daughter, Jeannie Moran, and son, Jerry Landis.

Survivors include her daughters, Jackie MacKerchar, Joyce Williams, June Yaryan and Jolene Keller; 27 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and many foster children.


The family suggests memorials be sent to San Diego Hospice, 4311 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA 92103-1407.


Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Apex Funeral Home chapel in Apex, N.C., for Velda Marie Jones, 86, of Pittsboro, N.C., a longtime El Centro resident who died Feb. 28 in her home.

Burial will be private in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Apex.

Mrs. Jones was an El Centro resident for more than 50 years and worked as a secretary for the El Centro Chamber of Commerce for many years.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Whitfield Wylie, and brother D.W. Percival.

Survivors include her husband, C. Ben Jones of Pittsboro; son and daughter-in-law, Walter J. and Lana Wylie of Little River, S.C.; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jim Brock of El Centro; grandchildren, Kimberly Wylie, currently overseas with the U.S. Marine Corps, Whit Wylie of Wilmington, N.C., Benjamin, Sally and Robert Brock, all of El Centro, and Suzanne Vanlandingham of Houston; sister, Rheta Schofield of Duncan, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials be sent to University of North Carolina Hospice, 880 Airport Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, or to the charity of choice.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Cruz A. Piñuelas, 91, of Imperial, who died Sunday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Jaime Escobedo will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Piñuelas was born May 3, 1910, in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico, and was raised there. She came to the United States in 1926, settling in the Imperial Valley.

She married Perfecto Piñuelas in Yuma in 1933.

Mrs. Piñuelas dedicated 37 years of volunteer work to the Imperial Valley Blind Center and also entered her art work in the California Mid-Winter Fair yearly.

She was a member of Sociedad Mutualista. Her greatest joy was attending her children and grandchildren's activities and sports events, according to family. She enjoyed watching boxing.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perfecto Piñuelas; son, Richard "Richi" Piñuelas; daughter Susana Piñuelas; granddaughter Reina Paleo; and grandson Ramon Eugene Paleo.

Survivors include her children and spouses, Joe and Terry Piñuelas of El Centro, Max and Naoni Piñuelas of Tustin, Pauline and Roy Quintero and Adelina and Louie Mason, all of El Centro, Ruben and Aurora Piñuelas of Indio, Bellia and Jerry Hart of Imperial, Yolanda and Michael Crothers of San Diego and Gracie and Martin Oroz of Tucson; son, Eulojio "Baby" Piñuelas of Brawley; and 39 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society, 400 S. 8th St., El Centro, CA 92243, or Imperial Valley Blind Center, 473 Park Ave., El Centro, CA 92243.


Visitation will be from 6 to midnight Thursday in Iglesia Sendero de la Cruz in Calexico for Esther R. Fox, 85, of Calexico, who died Thursday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Church services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Iglesia Sendero de la Cruz. Pastor Francisco Carrillo will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Fox was born Aug. 12, 1916, in El Paso, Texas.

She came to Calexico more than 50 years ago as a missionary, and she devoted her entire life to that service.

Mrs. Fox founded the Spanish Assembly of God churches in Brawley and Holtville. She founded and pastored at Sendero de la Cruz in Calexico, a church with outreaches in Calipatria and Mexicali.

For many years, she had a Spanish Christian program on KICO radio of Calexico and a Christian television program, "Lluvias de Gracia."

She will be missed by all her family and friends, according to family.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin W. Fox; brother, Pastor Isaac Ruiz; sister, Eloise Barragan; and many nephews and nieces.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Iglesia Sendero de la Cruz.

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