Deaths: May 16, 2002

May 16, 2002


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for George E. Neves, 81, of El Centro, who died Tuesday in his home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in El Centro. Monsignor Thomas Vidra will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Neves was born Dec. 31, 1920, in Lowell, Mass.

He attended elementary school in Holtville, graduated from Central Union High School in El Centro in 1938 and earned an associate's degree from Central Junior College in 1940.


Mr. Neves was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy for four years as a first-class corpsman.

He married Carolyn R. Judd in Bellflower on May 19, 1946.

In 1952 Mr. Neves went back to college and earned a bachelor's degree in science from Loyola University. He earned his medical technologist license in 1957.

Mr. Neves began working at a lab in Los Angeles, where he worked for 10 years.

He returned to the Imperial Valley and worked with Dr. Haworth at Desert Medical for 20 years and then at Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo in El Centro for 12 years.

He was an avid fisherman, according to family.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Neves of El Centro; daughter, Carllene Carey of Sacramento; son, Judd A. Neves of El Centro; sister, Clara Neves of Fresno; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Hospice of Imperial Valley, 563 W. Main St., El Centro, CA 92243.


Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Ruby B. Wheatley, 93, of Niland, who died Monday in her home.

Mrs. Wheatley was born Jan. 24, 1909, in Texas, where she was raised on a farm in rural Kerrville.

She and her husband, Vernon Wheatley, owned and operated Wheatley's Cleaning Service, a chimney sweep business, for many years with various locations around the country.

After their retirement, the Wheatleys moved to the Fountain of Youth Spa near Niland in 1972.

According to family, Mrs. Wheatley was known for taking care of anyone who was in need. She and her husband helped build the Seaside Baptist Church in Bombay Beach, where she enjoyed playing the organ and piano.

Mrs. Wheatley was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Wheatley, in 1998 and son, Ed Welch, in 1997.

Survivors include her granddaughter, Betty L. Ridling of Niland; nieces, Vivian Stanuley of Scotland, Ark., and Zelma Bessent of Murchison, Texas; nieces and spouses, Beverly and Frank Zigal of Austin, Texas, Rita and Jack Rowley of Brentwood and Norma and Joe Favaro of San Antonio; nephew and spouse, Stanley and Jane Bessent of Walburg, Texas; nephews Wayland Bessent of Austin and Robert Wheatley of San Antonio; and brother-in-law, Odie Wheatley of Kerrville.

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