Deaths: April 24, 2002

April 24, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Billy Forest Shields, 60, who died of complications related to lung cancer Sunday in Prescott, Ariz.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. The Rev. Mike Cox of First Southern Baptist Church in Imperial will officiate.

Born Aug. 12, 1941, in Marietta, Okla., Mr. Shields moved to the Imperial Valley in 1950.

He married Bobbie Platero of Imperial in 1960. She preceded him in death in 1984.

Mr. Shields began working for Barney's Cleaners in El Centro at age 14. Barney's was renamed Modern Cleaners and Mr. Shields later purchased that company and operated it until he closed Modern Cleaners and purchased Hi-Tone Cleaners in Brawley. He later opened Modern Laundromat with his second wife, Nancy Tate, in the Vons Shopping Center.


In 1994 the businesses were sold and the couple moved to Prescott, where Mr. Shields continued working in the dry-cleaning profession until shortly before his death.

Survivors include his daughter, Leticia Shields of Imperial; daughters and sons-in-law, Joanna and Steven Kershing of Salinas and Stacy and Gary Cox of Imperial; sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat and Bob Bittle of Bakersfield, Kay and Joe Lane of Caldwell, Idaho, Marsha and Lorenzo Lizarraga of Alpine and Carol and Bill Phillips of El Centro; sister, Debbie Shields of Lakewood; brothers, Jimmy Shields of La Mesa and Kerry Shields of El Centro; grandchildren, Cory Shields of Imperial, Sarah Kershing of Salinas, and Miranda and Trevor Cox of Imperial; girlfriend, Harriot Murton of El Centro; former wife, Nancy Tate of Prescott; former stepdaughters, Sebra Drager Dean and Heavenly Carter-Graham, both of Prescott; former stepson and his wife, Tommy and Gina Carter of Atascadero; and numerous nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren and one step-greatgrandchild.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Lucia I. Reyes, 77, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. The Rev. Gerardo Fernandez will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Reyes was born on March 19, 1925, in Mexicali.

She married Guillermo Reyes Grande in Mexicali on Dec. 22, 1945.

Mrs. Reyes was preceded in death by her husband, Guillermo Reyes Grande; and sons Eladio, Juan Francisco and Guillermo Reyes Ibarra.

Survivors include her sons, Raymundo Reyes of Mexicali, Rodolfo Reyes of San Diego and Humberto Reyes of Yuma; daughters, Gloria Reyes of Calexico and Norma Marron of Yuma; and brother, Antonio Ibarra of Mexicali.


No services were held for Wilma Bailey, 83, of Questa, N.M., a former Imperial Valley resident who died April 4 in Holy Cross Hospital in Questa.

Her remains will be cremated and returned to the Imperial Valley.

Mrs. Bailey was born May 30, 1918, in Texas.

She lived in the Imperial Valley for many years and worked as a licensed vocational nurse at the Calexico, El Centro and Brawley hospitals.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Nona.

Survivors include her daughters, Pat Murrey of Questa, Donna Wilson of Imperial and June Cosio of El Centro; 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

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