Deaths: March 20, 2002

March 20, 2002


Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Humphrey's Funeral Home, 253 Broadway Ave. in Chula Vista, for Dora Molina Teel, 64, of Chula Vista, a former Brawley resident who died Friday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in St. Jerome's Church, 2515 Beyer Blvd. in Chula Vista.

Mrs. Teel was born Dec. 24, 1937, in Brawley, where she was raised and attended Sacred Heart School and Brawley Union High School.

She also attended Imperial Valley College and continued her education in Northern California. She became a teacher and then moved to the Chula Vista area, where she taught until her retirement in 1999.


Mrs. Teel was active in many organizations and represented Mexico as Miss Mexico in 1954, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Mario Molina; son, Robbie Teel; and husband, Melvin Teel.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jamie Teel and Karen Olmos of Chula Vista; grandchildren, Anthony and Monique Olmos, both of Chula Vista; sister and brother-in-law, Irma and Jose Macias of Glendale, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Mary Helen Molina of Montebello; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph and Madalyn Molina of Palm Springs, Ruben and Gloria Molina of Desert Hot Springs and Tommy and Corky Molina of Brawley; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for John C. Ayala, 68, of Brawley, who died Friday in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brawley with the Rev. Ben Davison officiating.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Ayala was born May 25, 1933 in Brawley, where he was raised and attended schools.

He began working in agriculture as a young man and then worked as a foreman and mechanic for Frank and John Caudill Farms for many years.

Mr. Ayala farmed on his own, operating a hay-harvesting business. He married Mary Montanez in Coachella on July 29, 1954.

He enjoyed playing his guitar, singing and being with his family and friends, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ayala, on March 16, 2000; brothers Ambrocio Ayala Jr. in 1985, Tony Reyes in 1998 and Jimmy Reyes in 1992; son, Nick Guillen Sr. in 1986; and grandson, Armando Sanchez in 2000.

Survivors include his son, Manuel Guillen of Selma; sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Linda Guillen of Brawley and John and Esperanza Ayala of Chula Vista; daughters and sons-in-law, Elgie and John Quiroz of Selma, and Helen and Amado Leon Sr. and Candy and Robert Sanchez, all of Brawley; stepsons, Danny Romero of Brawley and Teddy Gonzalez of Washington; stepdaughter, Lyna Gonzalez of Brawley; brother, Raymond Ayala of Indio; sister and brother-in-law, Maura and Henry Tovar of Stockton; 21 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Marciano F. Ramos, 50, of El Centro, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro with the Rev. Jaime Escobedo officiating.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Ramos was born Jan. 1, 1952, in Mexicali. He came with his family to the United States in 1963, attending elementary and high school in Oxnard.

While living in Oxnard, Mr. Ramos worked as a truck driver.

In 1972, he moved to San Diego and then relocated to the Imperial Valley in 1975, where he worked at Holly Sugar, Naval Air Facility El Centro for Brown & Root and became self-employed.

Survivors include his mother, Amparo Ramos of El Centro; daughter, Margie Ramos of El Centro; son, Anthony Ramos of El Centro; sisters, Bella Moreno of Santa Paula, Maria Loreto of Seeley and Irma Guthrie of El Centro; brothers, Louie Ramos of San Francisco and Tivo, Danny, Efren and Tony Ramos, all of El Centro; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Victor Valenzuela, 36, of Calexico, who died Sunday in Mexicali. 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. Edmundo Zarate will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mr. Valenzuela was born Nov. 19, 1965, in Los Angeles.

He came to the Imperial Valley in 1967, settling in Calexico, where he graduated from Vincent Memorial High School in 1984. He also graduated from Brooks College in Long Beach in 1986 and a cosmetology school in Brawley in 2002.

Mr. Valenzuela worked for the Employment Development Department in El Centro.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry M. Valenzuela.

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