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Deaths: June 25, 2002

June 25, 2002

NAOMI ALDENE BUTLER

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Naomi Aldene Butler, 88, of El Centro, who died Saturday in Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.

Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro. The Rev. LeRoy Jackson, former pastor of Imperial Community Church, will officiate.

Mrs. Butler was born March 25, 1914, in Lone Oak, Texas, and graduated from high school there.

She married Jody E. Butler in Yuma on Oct. 3, 1952, who preceded her in death in 1979.

Mrs. Butler was a certified nurses assistant at Valley Convalescent Center in El Centro for many years until she retired.

She was a member of the Church of Christ of Lone Oak. She also enjoyed traveling, especially visiting Laughlin, Nev., according to family.

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Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Edward Beam of El Centro; daughters, Wanda West Fielder of El Centro and Jeanette Goff of Reno, Nev.; son, Jeff Butler of El Centro; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

PEDRO F. MORENO

Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Iglesia Fe Bautista, 1426 W. El Dorado Ave. in El Centro, for Pedro F. Moreno, 64, of El Centro, who died Sunday in El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Pastor Alberto Zavala of Iglesia Fe Bautista will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Moreno was born April 18, 1938, in the state of Durango, Mexico.

He moved to Northern California from Mexico in 1955 and later moved to Calexico from Livinsgston in 1967.

Mr. Moreno married Kim Urrutia. He worked as a truck driver in the Imperial Valley for several years.

He was a member of Iglesia Fe Bautista.

Survivors include his wife, Kim Moreno of El Centro; daughters, Kimberly, Amber and Ruby Moreno, all of El Centro; sons, Michael Garcia and Pedro E. Moreno, both of El Centro, and Jesse Moreno of Kentucky; and numerous other relatives and family members.

PEDRO ESPERO

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Pedro Espero, 76, of El Centro, who died Saturday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in El Centro. The Rev. Gil Espuelas will officiate.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro.

Mr. Espero was born June 29, 1925, in El Dorado, Sinaloa, Mexico, and came to the Imperial Valley in 1990, settling in El Centro.

He married Elmira Wancho in Mexicali. Mr. Espero worked as a laborer in agriculture.

According to family, he will be missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Elmira Espero of El Centro; sons, Roberto Espero of Mexicali and Pedro Espero Jr. of North Hollywood; daughters, Concepcion Espero of Westminister, Elmira Espero of Anaheim, Julieta Espero of Ensenada, Mexico, and Vianey Espero of El Centro; brothers, Jesus Gonzalez and Wenseslaw Espero, both of Sinaloa, Mexico; sisters, Celia Leyva of Tecate, Aurera Leyva of Mexicali, Carmela and Concepcion Espero, both of Sinaloa, and Socorro Espero of Tijuana; and 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

NELLIE GUTIERREZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley for Nellie Gutierrez, 63, of Brawley, who died Sunday in her home. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Brawley.

Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.

Mrs. Gutierrez was born March 18, 1939, in Brawley, where she was raised and graduated from Brawley Union High School.

She worked for Smith's Dairy for eight years and then went to work as a nurse assistant for the Brawley Elementary School District, where she worked for more than 30 years.

According to family, Mrs. Gutierrez was an avid sports fan who liked watching basketball and baseball. She also loved to travel and to be with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

Mrs. Gutierrez was preceded in death by a sister, Lala Garcia, and a brother, Salvador Guzman.

Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Gutierrez of El Centro; daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Osvaldo Melendez of Brawley; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Fabiola Gutierrez of Alpine; sisters, Lucy Guzman of Brawley, Jenny Villavicencio of El Centro and Esther Martinez of Fresno; brother, Rosendo Garcia of Brawley; grandchildren, Luisito, Martin and Salvador Melendez, Thomas and Dhillon Gutierrez and Henry and Dominique Beltran; niece, Mary Garcia of Brawley; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

LUISA RAMIREZ

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in Calexico for Luisa Ramirez, 73, of Heber, who died Saturday in El Centro Regional Medical Center. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated  at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Heber.  The Rev. Jaime Escobedo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of El Centro will officiate.

Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.

Mrs. Ramirez was born June 29, 1928, in Degollado, Jalisco, Mexico. She came to the Imperial Valley in 1972, settling in Heber.

She married Luis Ramirez in Mexicali in June 1968, who preceded her in death on June 1, 1994.

According to family, Mrs. Ramirez loved working in her garden, playing slot machines and traveling with her sisters. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Socorro Garcia of Mexicali, Jose Luis Ramirez of Inglewood, Connie Avila of Holtville, Pat Fiske of Fallon, Nev., and Bertha Alvarado of Garden Grove; sisters, Josefine Valadez of Fontana, Juana Ruiz of Arizona, Maria Mickey of Pasadena and Esther Valadez of Mexicali; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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