Deaths: April 12, 2002

April 12, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro for Araceli "Cheli" Miranda, 41, of Brawley, who died of cancer Wednesday in her home.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro. Pastor Mike Neciuk of El Redentor Assembly of God of Brawley will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Miranda was born June 30, 1960, in Mexicali. She came with her family to the Imperial Valley in 1973.

She married Julian Miranda in Calexico in 1978.

Mrs. Miranda was a "team mom" for Little League baseball and soccer teams in Heber. She worked for Moebro for a couple years.


She was a member of El Redentor Assembly of God of Brawley for the last year.

According to her family, Mrs. Miranda enjoyed being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Felicitas Vargas, and brother Chava Vargas.

Survivors include her husband, Julian Miranda of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Julian Jr. and Erica Miranda of Brawley; sons, Javier and Robert Miranda, both of Brawley; daughter and son-in-law, Felisha and Moses Vargas of Brawley; daughter, Michelle Rojas of Brawley; father and stepmother, Clemente and Gila Vargas of Calexico; brothers, Yuren, Juan Carlos and Clemente Vargas Jr., all of Calexico, and Eddie Vargas of El Centro; sisters, Laura Rojas of Brawley and Martha Urquijo of El Centro; five grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends.


Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Winona O. Barker, 97, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in Valley Convalescent Center in El Centro.

First reader Alice Robbins of the Christian Science Society will officiate.

Mrs. Barker was born March 29, 1905, in Stevens County, Texas.

She came to the Imperial Valley in 1907 and was the last member of the Walton family.

Mrs. Barker attended schools in the Imperial and Meloland areas and graduated from Imperial High School.

She married Arthur Jack Barker in Yuma on Feb. 11, 1927.

Mrs. Barker worked as a telephone operator in Imperial and helped run the Barker Body Works & Towing until the death of her husband.

According to her family, Mrs. Barker was a loving wife and mother and was affectionately known as "Ma Barker."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Jack Barker, on March 17, 1973; and son, James R. Barker.

Survivors include her son, Cecil O. Barker of Verdi, Nev.; daughters, Bonnie B. Fargo of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Donna W. Ashley of El Centro; daughter-in-law, Josephine Barker of El Centro; sister-in-law, Grace Walton of Hemet; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Ruben Holguin, 49, of El Centro, who died of  cancer Wednesday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday 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. Holguin was born June 23, 1952, in Ciuadad Juarez, Mexico, and was raised there.

He married Maria Elena Garcia.

Mr. Holguin worked in Mexico for many years before coming to the United States in 1974, settling in Watsonville.

He worked in Watsonville for 15 years before relocating to El Centro. He worked as a farm laborer for various companies, his last being Veg Packer.

According to his family, Mr. Holguin was always a friendly person and had a big heart. He will be missed.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Elena Holguin of El Centro; children, Marco Antonio and Ruben Alonso Holguin, both of Indio, and Nidia Karina, Lisset Guadalupe and Giovanni Holguin, all of El Centro; parents, Jose Armando and Esther Holguin of Indio; and six grandchildren.

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