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Deaths: May 9, 2002

May 09, 2002

EDITH SNOW PANKRATZ

Memorial services will be at a later date for Edith Snow Pankratz, 86, of St. George, Utah, a longtime Imperial Valley resident who died Saturday in St. George.

Mrs. Pankratz was born Sept. 27, 1915, in St. George.

She lived in Brawley and Calipatria for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace B. Pankratz; daughter, Kristina Rae Pankratz; brothers, Wayne and Ray Snow; and grandchild, Tayler Chase Pankratz.

Survivors include her daughter, Roberta L. Sweat of Chatsworth; son, James E. Pankratz of Calipatria; brother, Chester Snow of St. George; sister, Vivian Savoy of St. George; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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JOVITA BECERRA

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Foursquare Gospel Church in Brawley for Jovita Becerra, 16, of Brawley, who died Monday in her home.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in Foursquare Gospel Church. The Rev. Eloy TreviƱo will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Ms. Becerra was born Dec. 8, 1985, in Riverside. She came with her family to the Imperial in 1988, settling in El Centro.

She attended schools in El Centro and Imperial.

Ms. Becerra and her family had recently moved to Brawley in June 2001. At the time of her death, Ms. Becerra attended Desert Oasis High School in El Centro.

She was a member of Foursquare Gospel Church of Brawley and served as a volunteer at Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo in Brawley, according to family.

Survivors include her father, Eustaquio Becerra of Caldwell, Idaho; mother, Esther Becerra of Brawley; brother, Luis Fernandez of Perris; sisters, Cristina Alvarado of Fort Hood, Texas, Margarita Mariscal of Calipatria, Mercedes Concepcion of Caldwell and Esther Becerra of Brawley; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

ELSIE "MARIE" FERGUSON

An outdoor service is being planned for Elsie "Marie" Ferguson, 76, of Escondido, a former El Centro resident who died Sunday in her home.

Mrs. Ferguson was born on June 21, 1925, in Kansas City, Mo., and moved to the West Coast at an early age.

She met her husband, Pete "William" Ferguson, at a USO party during World War II. They married on June 23, 1946.

Mrs. Ferguson owned and operated Plant Rite Nursery in rural El Centro for many years.

Additionally, Mrs. Ferguson served as an office manager for W.M. Ferguson Construction in El Centro for nearly 50 years, which specialized in construction of schools, rest areas, campgrounds and water plants throughout the West.

The Fergusons moved to the Escondido area in 1996.

According to family, Mrs. Ferguson was an active participant at local bingo games, enjoyed involvement with all her grandchildren and loved to garden. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, Pete, who was an avid hunter and fisherman, often visiting Mormon Lake in northern Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete "William" Ferguson, in 2002.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Ferguson of Escondido and Cary Ferguson of Twenty-nine Palms, daughter and son-in-law, Jody and Rick Johnson of El Centro; granddaughters, Kimberly Austin of Escondido, Laci Johnson of Collierville, Tenn., and Rori Johnson of San Diego; grandson, Shadow Johnson of El Centro; granddaughter and spouse, Laura and Dave Smith of Costa Mesa; and great-granddaughter, Kami Austin of Escondido.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Imperial County Junior Pheasant Hunt, C/O California Department of Fish & Game, Wister Headquarters, 8700 Davis Road, Niland, CA 92257, or to The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, P.O. Box 8249, Missoula, MT 59807-8249.

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