She loved to listen to gospel music, according to family.
Survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Odessa and Willie Irving of Fontana; sisters, Glenda Lawson of Fontana and Corrita Hughes of San Diego; brothers, Wallace Williams of Calipatria and Charles Williams of Portland, Ore.; friend, Ed Ramsey of Brawley; nephews, Duquesne Irving and Jeremy Williams; nieces, DeAndrea Irving, Paula, Arlene and Aline Epperley and Cassandra Williams.
SARAH "SARITA" VELEZ
May 7, 1962 — Jan. 1, 2003
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico for Sarah "Sarita" Velez, 40, of Calexico, who died of natural causes Jan. 1 in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m.
Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. The Rev. Edmundo Zarate will officiate.
Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Calexico.
Ms. Velez was born on May 7, 1962, in Calexico.
She graduated from Calexico High School in 1980 and attended College of the Desert in Palms Springs and then Imperial Valley College, where she majored in business.
According to family, Ms. Velez was an active volunteer in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church's groups and activities for the past nine years, having served in the rectory office, youth group, youth choir, Lector Martha's Ministries, youth confirmation program and adult Christian programs. Ms. Velez also served as a religious education teacher at the elementary level for several years before her illness.
As well as taking joy in helping others, she had a creative talent. She enjoyed writing poetry, baking and making holiday crafts.
She will be missed by her family and friends, according to family.
Survivors include her parents, Elsa and Pedro Velez of Calexico; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Chris Lindsey of Aliso Viejo; brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Lisa Velez of San Diego; nieces and nephews, Sarah and Eric Lindsey, both of Aliso Viejo, and Ivanna, Clarissa and Andrea Velez, all of San Diego; and numerous aunts, uncles and godchildren.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the Juvenile Diabetes International research foundation or any Catholic charity of the donor's choice.