Deaths: March 7, 2002

March 07, 2002


Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Encinitas Chapel, 340 Melrose Ave. in Encinitas, for Vivian H. Lorensen, 85, of Carlsbad, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Saturday in Scripps Hospital in La Jolla.

Her grandson, the Rev. Greg Marquez of Imperial Valley Christian Center, will officiate.

Mrs. Lorensen was born on June 15, 1916, in Holtville.

She married Melvin C. Lorensen in Carson City, Nev., on Oct. 15, 1945.

Mrs. Lorensen retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1982 after 16 years of service. She also worked for the Imperial County Sheriff's Office and Imperial Valley College while raising her seven children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin C. Lorensen Sr., on June 12, 1982.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Paul and Ed Marquez and Dana and Steve Cato, all of Holtville, and Cathy Lorensen-Bennett and Richard Bennett of El Centro; sons and daughters-in-law, Steve and Yolanda Lorensen of El Centro and Spike and Donna Lorensen of Holtville; sons, Jon Lorensen of Rio Vista and Ronnie Lorensen of Middleton; sister, Mary Catherine Grant of Carlsbad; brother, Marvin W. Carpenter of San Ysidro; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.



Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at 1590 Nichols Road in El Centro 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, Roy L. Blevins, 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; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro for Richard Magos, 30, of El Centro, who died of a heart attack Friday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The Rev. Barry Vinyard of Imperial Valley Catholic Chaplaincy will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Magos was born on July 21, 1971, in Mexicali and was raised in El Centro, where he attended McCabe Union Elementary School and graduated from Central Union High School in 1990.

He began working with his father, Felipe Magos, in the family business at M&M Paint and Body Shop in El Centro, where he worked as an inventory clerk for 11 years.

Mr. Magos loved cycling and lifting weights at Jacques ‘n' Jills, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Martinez Magos.

Survivors include her father and stepmother, Felipe and Rosy Magos of El Centro; brothers, Alberto and Felipe Magos Jr., both of El Centro; sister, Elizabeth Wright of San Diego; and three step-brothers, paternal and maternal grandmothers and numerous sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.


Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Ronald Jackson Towery, 50, of El Centro, who died Sunday in his home.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Towery was born July 16, 1951, in Buckeye, Ariz. He attended schools in Arizona and moved to the Imperial Valley in 1988, settling in El Centro.

He married Shirley Gibson in Las Vegas on July 16, 1976.

Mr. Towery worked in construction throughout the Imperial Valley and was last employed by Clifford & Co.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Towery of El Centro; sons, Steve Charney and Brian R. Towery, both of Phoenix, Ronald J. Towery II of Glendale, Ariz., and Mike Charney of El Centro; brothers, David Kyle of Westmorland and Donald Kyle of Colorado; sisters, Karen Towery of Westmorland and LaDonna Wade of Miranda; and six grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Ramiro "Ray" Rivera, 72, of Brawley, who died Monday in his home.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley. Speakers will be his brother Julian Rivera and nephew Lawrence Rivera.

Mr. Rivera was born Aug. 5, 1929, in Brawley, where he was raised and attended schools.

He married Angelina Urias.

Mr. Rivera worked mainly on large construction projects, building bridges and highways as well as working in the construction of Calipatria State Prison. He retired in 1992.

Mr. Rivera was preceded in death by his wife, Angelina Rivera, on Feb. 10, 1976; and sister, Alice Martinez in 1979.

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