Deaths: March 13, 2002

March 13, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary in Calexico for Elena C. de Monge, 87, of Calexico, who died Sunday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

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

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Monge was born Aug. 18, 1914, in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. She moved to Calexico with her parents, Rafael and Maria Luisa Cordero, in 1919.


She married Antonio Monge in 1935, who preceded her in death in 1986.

Mrs. Monge was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, embroidery, reading and spending time with her family, according to family.

Survivors include her son, Carlos Daniel Gutierrez of Calexico; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lou and Victor Calderon and Beatriz and Kenneth Sayles, all of San Diego, and Mercedes and Raymundo Lopez of Calexico; son and daughter-in-law, Antonio and Martha Monge of Calexico; brothers, Alfonso and Henry Cordero, both of Calexico; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Ronald Jackson Towery, 50, of El Centro, who died  March 3 in his home.

Burial was private.

Mr. Towery was born on 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;  father, Bill Towery of Westmorland; brothers, David Kyle of Westmorland and Donald Kyle of Colorado; sisters, Karen Towery of Westmorland and LaDonna Wade of Miranda; and six grandchildren.


Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Brawley Methodist Church, 133 K St., for Delpha Woodill, 84, of Brawley, who died Saturday at a daughter's home in Riverside.

Mrs. Woodill was born on May 13, 1917, on a dairy farm in New York.

Her family moved to Long Beach in 1922, where she grew up and attended Long Beach Poly High School.

She married Donald Woodill in 1936. The Woodills raised their three children in Long Beach until moving to Brawley in 1954.

Mrs. Woodill worked in the furniture department at Imperial Hardware from 1956 to 1973. She later owned and operated Fresh Air Children's Clothing on Main Street in Brawley for 13 years until retiring in 1993.

She was active in the Brawley Methodist Church and was involved in initiating the Brawley chapter of Christian Women's Club in the 1970s, serving for two years as chairman. She also was active in PTA in Long Beach and served as president at Ruth Reid Elementary School in Brawley in 1955.

Mrs. Woodill was a runner-up for the Imperial Valley in the Mrs. America contest about 1958. She enjoyed her friends, her cats, working in her garden and playing bridge, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Woodill, in 1992; and grandson Michael Harper in 1991.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Don Harper of Riverside and Suzanne and Gerald Cain of Burleson, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. David and Irene Woodill of Modesto; grandchildren, Renee D'Arrigo of Salinas, David Simpson of Anaheim Hills, Ronda Cross of Temecula, Devin and Aaron Woodill, both of Modesto, and Matthew Teafatiller of Arlington, Texas; sister, Nena Barth of Santa Monica; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter

The family suggests memorials be sent to VITAS Hospice, 1845 Business Center. Drive, Suite 120, San Bernardino, CA 92408.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico for Ivy Valenzuela, 15, of Calexico, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center from injuries sustained in a car accident. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Edmundo Zarate will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Ivy was born Feb. 20, 1987, in Brawley and attended schools in Calexico. She was a student at William Moreno Junior High School at the time of her death.

According to her family, Ivy enjoyed listening to music, working on her computer, trying on makeup and clothes, playing with her nieces, Alanis and Yahiady, and being with her friend, Denice Zarate.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ignacio Valenzuela, in 2000; and brother, Gilberto Valenzuela in 1978.

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