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DEATHS: March 31, 2002

March 31, 2002

YSIDORO B. BARAJAS

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Ysidoro B. Barajas, 84, of Holtville, who died Thursday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Holtville. The Rev. Cecilio Moraga will officiate.

Burial will be in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Born April 7, 1917, in Cuquio, Jalisco, Mexico, Mr. Hernandez was raised in Mexico and moved to the United States. He worked in agriculture for 35 years. His family said he was dedicated to his job and enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and family life.

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He married Mariana Hernandez on June 25, 1955, in Yuma.

He was preceded in death by his son, Armando Gonzalez, and granddaughter Lorena Beltran.

Survivors include his wife, Mariana of Holtville; daughters, Francis Beltran of Calexico, Maria Guadalupe Sidhu of Holtville, Cecilia Ana Solano of El Centro, Maria de Jesus Klumker of Phoenix and Evangelina Jimenez of Holtville; sons, Luis Alfonso Barajas of Holtville and Juan Manuel Barajas of Heber; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

JOHN W. "JOHNNY" DICKSON

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. April 1 in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for John W. "Johnny" Dickson, 79, Brawley, who died of cancer March 25 in Arbor Hills Nursing Center in La Mesa.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley. The Rev. Roque Vano will officiate.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Born April 8, 1922, in Pearce, Ariz., Mr. Dickson was raised in Tombstone, Ariz., where he graduated from Tombstone High School.

Later he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving from 1942 to 1945. After his discharge he moved to Brawley to be with his family. He began working for Brawley Paint & Appliance store as a serviceman for some 30 years.

Mr. Dickson was a member of the Brawley Elks Lodge 1430, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the California Sheriff's Association.

Known to his family as "Bill," his family said Mr. Dickson was devoted to his mother and cared for her for many years after he retired.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Teresa Dickson, in 1992.

Survivors include his sister, Virginia Martin of Seattle; niece, former Imperial Valley resident Sally Holmes of San Diego and numerous nieces and nephews.

GRACIELA FLORES

Services will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Graciela Flores, 48, of Holtville, who died Wednesday in her home.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Flores was born April 27, 1953, in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico.

She came to the Imperial Valley as a child and settled in Holtville. She worked for Mario Saikhon for three and a half years and Valley Retirement Inn for six years. In 1995, while working at the inn, she returned to school and received her certified nursing assistant certification. She later worked at Valley Convalescent Home in El Centro and Yuma Convalescent Rehabilitation Center.

Survivors include her husband, Antonio Montejano of Holtville; daughters, Paloma Flores of Las Vegas and Melissa Montejano and Sasha Montejano, both of Holtville; and granddaughter Jasmine Montejano of Holtville.

LENORA E. GILBERT

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Lenora E. Gilbert, 77, of Imperial, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. Bob Harding of the Church of Christ in El Centro will officiate.

Mrs. Gilbert was born June 1, 1924, in Marshall, Ark.

She came to the Imperial Valley in 1926, settling in Holtville. She also resided in Imperial and El Centro.

She married T.B. "Jim" Brown, who preceded her in death in 1967. She later married Arthur L. Gilbert, who preceded her in death in 1991.

Mrs. Gilbert was a dedicated member of the Church of Christ for many years until her illness, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Denny Brown in 1948 and Jerald Jerry Brown in 1977; and sister, Lemeda Henry in 1989.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Dan Johnston of Imperial; sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Benny Wade of Leicester, N.C.; sister, Mavis Mead of Garden Grove; brother, Kert Morris of Asheville, N.C.; aunt, Verona Still of Holtville; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

MIGUEL C. JUAREZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro for Miguel C. Juarez, 66, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in his home.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home The Rev. Raul Garcia of La Iglesia Mas Que Vencedores in Calexico will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Juarez was born Oct. 12, 1934, in Guanajuato, Uriancato, Mexico.

He married Celia B. Palacios.

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