Deaths: April 25,2002

April 25, 2002


Private family services will be held for Mable G. Whitman, 95, of Niland, who died April 10 in Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

Burial will be private.

Mrs. Whitman was born on April 23, 1906 in Indiana.

She came to the Imperial Valley with her husband, James A. Whitman, in 1972, settling in Niland.

Mrs. Whitman was a retired factory worker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Whitman, on Oct. 6, 1983.

Mrs. Whitman is survived by many good friends in the Valley.


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; former wife, Nancy Tate of Prescott; former stepdaughters, Sebra and Dean Drager 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. Sunday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Bernice Black, 80, of Calexico, who died Tuesday in her home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Hems Bros. chapel in Calexico. The Rev. Eric Rice of Sts. Peter & Paul Episcopal Church of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Black was born May 8, 1921, in Runge, Texas.

She married James Black in Yuma and worked as a bookkeeper for many years. She was last employed by Blackman Plumbing.

Mrs. Black was a past worthy matron of the Order of the Eastern Star of Calexico.

She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society for many years and served on its board of directors for 19 years. She was awarded the society's lifetime membership and was active in all the group's fund raisers, according to family.

Mrs. Black was preceded in death by her husband, James Black, in 1998; and sisters Marjorie Brakka in 1987 and Alla Blanche Collins in 2000.

Survivors include her sister, Jo Collins of Riverside; nephews, Tim Collins of Riverside, Gary Collins of Simi Valley and Jerry Collins of Phoenix; and nieces, Bernice Shreeve, Patricia Rolls, Sandra Peck and Cathy Collins, all of San Diego.


No services will be held at this time for Charlotte M. Steimel, 72, of Calipatria and West Covina, who died Wednesday in her home in Calipatria.

Burial will be under private family disposition.

Mrs. Steimel was born June 24, 1929, in Illinois, where she was raised and graduated from Austin High School.

She married Robert Albert Steimel in Chicago on Sept. 23, 1950. She lived in various places while her husband served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.

After her husband's military service, the Steimels moved to the Alhambra-West Covina area in the mid-1950s.

She worked as an accountant for Burroughs/Unisys Corp. for many years.

Mrs. Steimel was a member of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Her hobbies were gardening, sewing and reading. She loved animals, especially dogs.

According to family, she was a diehard Chicago Bears football fan.

Mrs. Steimel moved to Calipatria in 2001 to be near her family because of her illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Albert Steimel, in 1964; daughter Sharon Ann Steimel in 1991; four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Julie Steimel of Calipatria; and grandchildren, Josh, Tyler and Sarah Steimel.


Military services were April 17 in Hillcrest Chapel in Bakersfield for W. Wayne Edmiston, 64, of Yucaipa, a former Niland resident who died April 10 in Fontana.

The Rev. Porter Wells officiated.

Mr. Edmiston was born Aug. 19, 1937, in Modesto. He was raised and attended grammar school in Niland and graduated from Calipatria High School.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1961.

Mr. Edmiston married Wanda Dufur in Bakersfield on Sept. 27, 1961. He worked as a truck driver for Hud Carrver most of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Edmiston of Yucaipa; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Rosemary Edmiston of Bakersfield and Mark and Terri Edmiston of Columbus, Ohio; sister, Pat Barry of Oregon; grandchildren, Tiffany Johnston and Ryan Edmiston, both of Bakersfield; and great-grandson, Noland Johnston of Bakersfield.

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