June 21, 2002

June 21, 2002


Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside for Constance Holland, 89, of San Marcos, a former Imperial Valley resident who died Saturday in Remington Club Health Care Center in San Diego.

Mrs. Holland was born Dec. 5, 1912, in Calexico.

She worked as a teacher for the El Centro Unified School District.

According to her family, Mrs. Holland enjoyed teaching and liked to pass on knowledge to the younger generations. She also enjoyed crafts and participating in activities offered at Village Square in San Marcos.

Mrs. Holland was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Holland, in 1983; and sister, Daisy Sobke.

Survivors include her nephew and spouse, John and Marylynn Sobke of Savannah, Ga.; great-niece, Allison Sobke of Amherst, Mass; and great-nephew, Kyle Sobke of Knoxville, Tenn.



Services were June 9 in Beaty Funeral Home in Mineola, Texas, for Charlie Thomas Gray, 86, a former Brawley resident who died June 3 in Justin, Texas.

Mr. Gray was born April 8, 1916, in Collin County, Texas.

He was a World War II veteran who received the American Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Ribbon, Fame Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon and the American Defense Service Ribbon.

Mr. Gray married Helen Dodson in Brawley. She later preceded him in death.

He retired from Jordan Implements and after a few years relocated with his wife, Helen, to Mineola, where he was active in Central Valley Church.

Mr. Holland served as a volunteer at the Mineola Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid horse rider and a member of the Wood County Riding Club and was instrumental in organizing the annual Fourth of July parades in Mineola.

He was preceded in death by his four sisters including Amie Crowson and  Hallie Koon and three brothers including Joe Gray.

Survivors include his sister, Lizzie Jameson Anadarko of Oklahoma; nieces, Betty Sue Beach of Imperial, Harrelene Beach of Brawley and Ann Graham of Cathedral City; and nephew, Glenn Crowson of Desert Hot Springs.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Daniel A. Lancaster, 41, of Brawley, who died Saturday in Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster.

A determination of the cause of death is pending investigation.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mr. Lancaster was born June 18, 1960, in Sun Valley and was raised and attended schools in Brawley.

He graduated from Brawley Union High School.

Mr. Lancaster worked in construction as a journeyman plasterer. He was a member of Victory Outreach Church.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Holguin Lancaster of El Centro; sons, Richard and Daniel Lancaster Jr., both of Patterson,  and  Freddy Guzman of El Centro; grandfather, Andres Lancaster of Coachella; mother, Lupe Lancaster of Brawley; father, Daniel L. Lancaster of Brawley; brothers, Michael, Mark and Thomas Lancaster, all of Palmdale;  stepchildren, Tommy and Elvira Guzman, both of El Centro; grandmother, Mary Pratty; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.


Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Juanita R. Semmes, 84, of El Centro, who died Wednesday in Valley Convalescent Hospital in El Centro.

The Rev. Raye Kramer of the Escondido Church of Christ will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mrs. Semmes was born July 17, 1917, in Lexington, Ky.

She married Raphael Semmes at Little Chapel of the Roses in Chula Vista on July 2, 1940, who preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1981.

The Semmes were stationed in Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

Before her husband died, Mrs. Semmes could often be seen riding her bike around El Centro and doing volunteer work, including playing the piano for the seniors at Valley Convalescent Hospital and many other activities.

Mrs. Semmes remained in her home in El Centro with her sister, Bee Runyon.

Survivors include Mrs. Semmes' sons and daughters-in-law, Raphael V. "Skip" and Natalia Semmes of Panama and James "Jim" and Margie Semmes of El Centro; sister, Bee Runyon of El Centro; brother and sister-in-law, Ted and Carol Runyon of Coronado; sister-in-law, Eleanor Runyon of Laguna Beach; grandchildren, Natalie Semmes Stirling of London, Raphael Semmes VI of Texas, Randolph James Semmes of Panama, Jenny Louise Semmes of Pennsylvania, Patrick Robert Semmes of Panama and Laura Celeste and Jacqueline Renee Semmes, both of El Centro; great-grandchildren, Raphael Semmes VII of Texas and Robert Semmes Stirling of London; local in-laws and their families, Dee Serna of Holtville, Peter Serna of El Centro, Becky and Lyle Rangel of Alpine, Nancy and Raye Kramar of Escondido and Paul Serna of Irvine.

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