Deaths: June 18, 2002

June 18, 2002



Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro for Maria Guadalupe Ramirez de Ayala, 71, of El Centro, who died Saturday.

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro.

Mrs. De Ayala was born April 11, 1931, in Mexico. She was raised in Mexico and came to the United States in 1959.

She married Jose Ricardo Ayala in Tijuana on Feb. 19, 1966. She was a homemaker.

According to family, she enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She also loved to cook and listen to music.

Mrs. de Ayala was preceded in death by her twin daughters, Elvira and Elia Preciado, in 1953; and grandson, Marcelo Romero in 1993.


Survivors include her husband, Jose Ricardo Ayala of Calexico; children, Maria Preciado of El Centro, Graciela Marshall of Rancho San Diego, Gloria Cross of Lynnwood, Wash., and Sylvia Preciado, Vincent Ayala and Norma Ayala de Sierra, all of Calexico; brother, Rosalio Ramirez of Santa Ana; sisters, Estefana Chavez of San Fernando Valley, Maria Ramirez of Pasadena and Irene Flores of Santa Cruz; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro for Austin Peter Ward of El Centro, who was stillborn Saturday in El Centro.

Survivors include his parents, John and Patricia Ward of El Centro; brothers, Matthew Blevins and Johnny Ward, both of El Centro; grandparents, Norm and Joyce Ward of El Centro; grandmother, Mary Helen Apodaca of El Centro; aunts and uncles, Doug and Josie Godker and Ignacio and Jackie Herrera, all of San Diego, and Heather Cocova, Ernie and Tony Apodaca and Kim, Kelly and Kevin Ward, all of El Centro; and numerous cousins.


A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday in San Gregorio Catholic Church in Banning for Ruth M. Benefield, 72, of Banning, a former Brawley resident who died Wednesday in San Gregorio Hospital in Banning.

Mrs. Benefield was born Aug. 29, 1929, in Jean, Texas, and came to the Yuma area as a child.

After high school graduation, Mrs. Benefield worked in Riverside and later moved to Brawley, where she operated the old Asia Bar until it closed.

Mrs. Benefield had recently relocated to Banning.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Knight of Banning; son and daughter-in-law, George and Linda Knight of Phoenix; sister, Gladys Crook of Sacramento; nieces, Brenda Martin of Tustin and Patty White of Sacramento; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Pauline Marie Kendall, 84, of Holtville, who died Saturday at the Valley Retirement Inn in Holtville.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. The Rev. Art Zeigler of First Assembly of God of Holtville will officiate.

Mrs. Kendall was born on March 13, 1918, in Ardmore, Okla. She worked as a cafeteria helper at Finley Elementary School in Holtville for 33 years.

According to family, everyone who went through the Finley Elementary School District knew and loved Mrs. Kendall, where she made numerous friends over the years.

Mrs. Kendall raised her children after the death of her second husband, George R. Kendall. She denied herself in order to give to her children and put them through school, according to family.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John W. Hale Sr.; second husband, George R. Kendall Sr. in 1953; and sons, John W. Hale Jr. and George R. Kendall Jr.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Billie Lee and Gloria Diana Hale and Donnie Eugene and Laura Hale, all of El Centro; grandchildren, Robert Earl Hale of San Francisco, Mark Anthony Hale of Rancho Bernardo, Elaine Marie and Robert Waldenrath of El Cajon and David Michael, Darlene Janelle and Melissa Marie Hale, all of El Centro; and grandchildren and spouses, Anne Marie and John Heraz of Holtville and George Richard III and Melody Kendall; great-grandchildren, Regina and Ryan Hale, both of Rancho Bernardo, Robert Cassel of El Cajon, Kamrin Leigh Hale of El Centro and Ashley Lauren, Andrea Alizabeth and Aleah Marie Heraz, all of Holtville; other relatives, Tom and Heidi DePaoli and Dora DePaoli, all of Holtville; and numerous friends in Holtville.

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