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Rita Ponn
Rita Ponn, 93, passed away in Yuma, November 22, 1998.
Mrs. Ponn was born January 6, 1905, in Ottowa, Ontario, Canada. 
She was involved in the Catholic Daughters, Desert Lilly Quilters and volunteered at Yuma Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. 
Survivors include her daughters Sally Uber of Dallas, Texas, and Mary Jane Babb of Stafford, Va.; brother Sarsfield Hanlon of Ottowa, Ontario, Canada; grandsons Mark Hall of San Diego, Calif., and James Babb of Virginia Beach, Va.; granddaughters Susan Hall of Dallas, Texas, and Debbie Grimm of Farmington, Minn.; great-grandson Joshua Grimm of Farmington, Minn.; and seven nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband James Ponn and son Ralph Ponn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 25, 1998, at Kammann Mortuary Chapel, with Holy Rosary at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will at 11 a.m., Friday, November 27, 1998, at St. Thomas Indian Mission Catholic Church with the Father Duncan Monohan officiating. Final resting place will be in Desert Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers include Mark Hall, James Babb, and Ray Love.
Arrangements entrusted to Kammann Mortuary, 344-0000.

Frank G. "Pancho" Camacho
Mr. Frank G. "Pancho" Camacho, 70, passed away January 3, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Camacho was born February 17, 1928, in Gadsden.
He retired from Southern Pacific Railroad.
Survivors include wife Isabel Camacho of the home; daughters Irene Frances Sanchez, Margarita Reyes, and Julie Camacho, all of Yuma, and Maria Luisa Velasco of Somerton; brother Pete Gonzalez of Gadsden; sisters Rita Moreno of Yuma and Consuelo Gradias of Gadsden; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, February 5, 1999, at Yuma Mortuary Chapel, with rosary following at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, February 6, 1999, at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission with the Father Juan Guillen officiating.
Final resting place will be in Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers include Jose Luis Reyes, Salvador Camacho, Sabian Sanchez, Martin Velasco, Jr., Manny Moreno, and Mario Rodriguez.
Honorary pallbearers include Alfonso Sanchez, Jesus Antonio Reyes, Pete Gonzalez, Joe Espinoza, Eduardo Marquez, and Guillermo Atondo.
Arrangements entrusted to Yuma Mortuary, 782-9865.

Reyes Armenta Olea
Reyes Armenta Olea, 83, passed away Saturday, January 23, 1999. 
A Yuma native, Reyes Armenta Olea was born January 15, 1916.
He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during World War II. He moved to California locating in Woodlake, and began working for Kaweah Citrus until 1976. He had worked for Southern Pacific Railroad for 20 years before retiring. 
Survivors include four children Barbara Medina of Visalia, Calif., Ray Olea of Parlier, Calif., and Manuel and Steven Olea, both of Woodlake, Calif.; three brothers Pete Olea of Yuma, and Robert Olea and Rudy Olea, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters Irene Amavisca of Yuma, and Carmalita Olea and Beatrice Vasquez, both of Thousand Oaks; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Isabel.

Caroleen Ethel Vidana-Kinale
Caroleen Ethel Vidana-Kanale, 54, passed away February 2, 1999, at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
A member of the Cocopah Indian Tribe and a Somerton native, Ms. Vidana-Kinale was born November 18, 1944.
She had attended Yuma High School. 
Survivors include companion Frank John Kinale of East Cocopah Indian Reservation; brothers John Villanueva of East Cocopah Indian Reservation, Kenneth Villanueva of Ft. Yuma Quechan Indian Reservation; and Keith Villanueva of East Cocopah Indian Reservation; sisters Karen Mitchell and Cynthia Villanueva, both of Yuma; step-brothers Robert Villanueva of Merced, Calif., and Raymond Villanueva of Shireveport, La.; step-sister Pearl Bugbee of Graniteville, Vt.; aunts Flora Montague of Ft. Yuma Quechan Indian Reservation, and Judy Graham, of East Cocopah Indian Reservation; Uncle Brown Davis of Cloride; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by parents Walter Thomas and Marie Villanueva, and brother David Villanueva.
Cocopah Indian Tribal Ceremonial Rites will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, February 6, 1999, at the East Cocopah Indian Reservation Cry House.
Cremation will be held at 5 a.m., Sunday, February 7, 1999, at the East Cocopah Indian Reservation Cemetery, in Somerton.
Pallbearers include family members.
Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Mortuary, 782-4384.

Jennelle Moorhead
Mrs. Jennelle Moorhead, 95, passed away January 31, 1999, in Yuma. 
A Yuma resident, Mrs. Moorhead was born July 13, 1903, in Salem, Oregon to Henry and Emma Vandevort. She married George Moorhead on July 15, 1926. He died in 1986.
She earned a bachelor's degree at Willamette University in 1925, and a master's degree in science at the University of Oregon in 1948. She was an associate professor of health science in the Oregon State System of Higher Education's continuing education division. She was also a professor at the University of Oregon Medical School.
Mrs. Moorhead was coordinator of the University of Portland's international study programs for teachers.
She was a member of the U.S. Commission for UNESCO from 1957 to 1962, as well as a member of the U.S. Surgeon General's Task Force on Cigarette Smoking. In 1964, she received a Distinguished Service Award from the American School of Health Association. In addition, Mrs. Moorhead was a member of the National Congress for Parents and teachers, the Oregon Mental Hygiene Association and the American Association of University Women.
She was a member of the First Congressional Church.
Survivors include two sons, Bruce Sr. and George; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held February 5, 1999, in Eugene, Ore.

Robert "Bob" Varela
Mr. Robert "Bob" Varela, 35, passed away February 19, 1999, at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
A certified welder, Mr. Varela was born September 25, 1963, in Fresno, California.
He attended Edison High School in Fresno, Calif.
Mr. Varela was a member the Mt. Zion Church.
Survivors include wife Carla Varela, daughters Jasmine Varela and Erica Livas, all of the home; mother Rebecca Varela of Yuma; and brothers Richard and Ruben Estrada, Gabriel, Jesse, Paul, John, Jacob, and Steven Varela, all of Yuma, and Edward Varela, Jr. of Sacramento, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father Edward Mendivil Varela.
Ft. Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe Ceremonial Rites will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, February 23, 1999, at the Ft. Yuma Quechan Indian Reservation Big House.
Cremation will be held at 7 a.m., Wednesday, February 24, 1999, at the Ft. Yuma Quechan Indian Reservation Cemetery.
Pallbearers include Ruben and Richard Estrada, Paul Varela, Isreal and Ty Tecumseh, Richard Lucas, Michael Limones, and Robert Olea.
Arrangements entrusted to Kammann Mortuary, 344-0000.

David Doten
David Doten, 47, passed away April 17, 1999, in San Diego, California.
A resident of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and former Yuma resident, Mr. Doten was born October 28, 1951. He graduated from Yuma High School in 1969.
He was employed as an electrician.
Mr. Doten enjoyed snorkeling, scuba diving, and traveling.
Survivors include sons Danny Austin Doten of La., and Steven Doten of Fla.; daughters Katrina and Emily Doten, both of La.; mother Willie Condry of Ore.; brothers Don Doten and Garland Condry, both of Yuma, Danny Doten and Billy Garland Martell, both of Phoenix; sister Diane Burrow of Yuma. He was preceded in death by father Johnny Doten.
Graveside services will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, April 23, 1999, at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Mortuary, 782-4384.

Nick W. Graves
Nick W. Graves passed away in Yuma, Arizona on April 16, 1999, at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
Nick was born in Wabash, Indiana. His formative years were spent in Santa Monica, Calif., where he graduated from high school. He received his Bachelor of Art and Master degrees in Fine Art from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.
Nick came to Yuma in 1968. As a professor at Arizona Western College, he taught Art History, Ceramics and Photography and in 1972 was appointed head of the art department. In 1968, he founded the Milepost 9 Gallery for the students, which became well known and recognized around the state as an exceptional educational gallery.
Nick's interest were not limited to the arts. He was profoundly dedicated to historic preservation and was responsible for saving two local landmarks (the Norton house and the Soliz house) from being demolished. He purchased and refurbished the Soliz house, where he lived until his retirement. During a six-month sabbatical from Arizona Western college, he documented and mapped petroglyphs along the Gila River and Painted Rock Dam and Sears Point in Arizona. He also recorded and mapped many pre-historic and early Missionary sights in Baja California, Mexico.
Solstice was one of Nick's favorite times of the year, and many wonderful times were spent preparing a grand evening of food and celebration to be shared with his friends. Upon retirement and moving to Colorado with his beloved dog Sierra, he took advantage of another of his loves--fly fishing.
Nick is survived by his mother Vera Graves of Yuma, Ariz.; and his aunt Mildred McGinnis of Wabash, Ind. He was preceded in death by his father, Jean George Graves, in 1953. Nick will be greatly missed by his circle of friends.
Services will be held at the Grandstaff-Hentgen-Miner Funeral Home in Wabash, Ind. Viewing will be Thursday, April 22, 1999, at 1 p.m. with graveside services following at 2 p.m. The services will be officiated by the Quaker Church.

Salvador Miranda
Mr. Salvador Miranda, 82, passed away April 19, 1999, at his residence.
A Yuma native, Mr. Miranda was born December 25, 1916. A life-long Yuma resident, he attended Yuma schools. 
Mr. Miranda was a retired heavy equipment operator/foreman for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
He was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
Survivors include his son Louis A. Miranda of Yuma; two sisters, Dora Benzor of Yuma, and Rosie Esparza of Covina, Calif.; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by wife Soraiza Miranda, son Salvador Miranda Jr., and parents Juan and Rosa Miranda.
A wake will be from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 22, at Johnson Mortuary, with rosary at 7 p.m. 
Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, April 23, 1999, at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with clergy of the church officiating.
Interment will be in Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers include Joe and Chris Esparza, Robert Miranda, Greg Hazell, Ernie and Eduardo Macazan.
Honorary pallbearers Angel Quintero, Ray and Gilbert Martinez, and John Aguilar.
Memorial contributions suggested to Hospice of Yuma, P.O. Box 4211, Yuma, AZ 85366.
Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Mortuary, 782-4384.

Verner Winston Wilkerson Sr.
Mr. Verner "Lucky" Winston Wilkerson Sr. passed away April 15, 1999. 
A Wellton resident, Mr. Wilkerson was born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. 
He served in the Army during World War II. 
Mr. Wilkerson retired as a Master Floorcovering Specialist.
Survivors include wife Dottie Wilkerson; daughters Betty Louise Emberling; sons Verner Winston Jr. and Dorrance Winston; sisters Helen Wilson, Bernice Reed, Gwenyth Surber, and Clarice Keeton; six grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Julia WIlkerson, and brothers Fred and Alfred Wilkerson.
Memorial services are pending in Wellton.
Memorial contributions suggested to the American Heart Association.

Lois E. Jeffery
Mrs. Lois E. Jeffery, 76, passed away April 20, 1999, at her residence.
A Yuma resident for 12 years, Mrs. Jeffery was born May 29, 1922, in McGregor, Texas.
Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law Terry J. and Cindy Jeffery of Tucson, Robert Lee II and Linda Jeffery, and Billy D. and Linda Jeffery, all of Phoenix; daughter Pamela Dewey of Yuma; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Robert Lee Jeffery, and daughter Tanya Martelli.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 24, 1999, at Kammann Mortuary with the Chaplain Ray Mitchell officiating.
Private cremation arrangements by Kammann Mortuary.

Isabel Pinzon
Isabel Castro de Pinzon, 79, a resident of Yuma since 1987, passed away April 19, 1999.
Ms. Pinzon was born in La Republica de Panama on July 8, 1919. She retired from Hospital Santo Tomas in Panama and since then she continued with her sewing and arts and crafts. She enjoyed entertaining family, friends, salsa/merengue music, dancing, and photos.
Survivors include sons Jorge Antonio Pinzon Castro of Yuma, and Javier Pinzon Castro of Panama; daughter and son-in-law Nelly and Cyril Atherton of Yuma; eight brothers and six sisters, all of Panama; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Wake will be held from 4 to 9 p.m., Sunday, April 25, 1999, at Johnson Mortuary, with rosary at 7 p.m.
A funeral mass will be held at 9 a.m., Monday, April 26, 1999, at the Immaculate Conception Church.
Final resting place will be in Desert Lawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Mortuary, 782-4384.

Richard "Dick" Schomaker
Dick Schomaker, 65, passed away April 4, 1999, at his home in Mesa, after a short, but severe illness.
Dick was a Yuma resident for over 15 years and an IBM computer technician for over 31 years.
Survivors include wife Suzi of the home; sons Bruce of Petaluma, Calif., Fred of Sacramento, Calif., Richard of Yuma, and William of Moreno Valley, Calif.; daughter Julia Shanders of Portland, Ore.; and seven grandchildren.
No services are planned. 
Dick requested that contributions be made to his favorite charity, RTA Hospice, Inc., 1102 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85006, whose assistance in his care was invaluable, and greatly appreciated by his family and friends.
Dick was a great husband, father, and grandfather, but especially a great friend. He will be missed.

Apodaca-Garate 
Valentina E., age 5, born August 6, 1993, and Sabrina M., age 2, born August 10, 1996, passed away Monday, April 12, 1999. Both were born in San Diego, California.
Survivors include their father Ignacio Garate and mother Judith Apodaca; grandparents Jeannette and Jerry Apodaca; aunts Bernadette (Joe) Cosmano, and Milinda Apodaca, all of San Diego, Calif.; and great-grandparents Inez and Cecilia Apodaca and Jennie Olea Reger, all of Yuma.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 19, 1999, at El Camino Memorial Park (1-800-352-2646) and funeral mass Monday, April 19, 1999, at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church (619-271-0207). 
A trust fund has been set up in Judith's name at Vons Employee Credit Union for the children (619-496-4496).

Dorothy Dunn
Dorothy Dunn, 91, passed away April 16, 1999, at La Mesa Care Center in Yuma.
Mrs. Dunn was born February 11, 1908, in Lexington, Illinois.
After being employed for 35 years at Melody Cleaners, she retired.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law Linda (James) Dingley of Yuma; grandchildren David and Staci Dingley, both of Yuma, Steve (Theresa) Dunn of Idaho, and Stuart (Caroline) Dunn of Tempe; great-grandchildren Claren, Haley, and Dustin Dunn, all of Idaho, and Garrett and Ellen Dunn, all of Tempe. She was preceded in death by husband Curtis Dunn Sr., and sons Curtis Dunn Jr. and Lyle L. Dunn.
There will be a private service at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to Kammann Mortuary, 344-0000.

Billie Francis
Billie Francis, 70, passed away Thursday, April 15, 1999, at Yuma Regional Medical Center.
A Yuma native, Billie was born on July 23, 1928. She was the daughter of Albert and Mary Lou Smith, who farmed in Somerton & Bard. Billie married Harry Francis Jr. on November 1, 1948, in Yuma.
Billie was a cosmetologist owning and operating The Fashionette Beauty Salon, until she retired 1963. Billie was also an artist, graduating from AWC with honors with a degree in art in 1982. She truly enjoyed her creativity and enjoyed showing her work whenever possible.
Billie is survived her children, Phyllis and David Bettincourt of Yuma, Michael and Barbara Francis of Austin, Texas, Robert Francis and Kay Ewy of Tucson; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate Billie's life will be held at 2:30 pm, Monday, April 19, 1999, at Sunset Vista Funeral Home. She was a gift to be shared for a while, a loving mother who will be greatly missed by her family.
Billie was honored to have one of her pictures chosen for the cover of the Hospice cookbook, she always remembered and was thankful for their help with her husband Harry. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Yuma, 1824 S. 8th Ave., in her memory.

SCOTT BENTON COLE
Our beloved son, brother, companion and friend, Scott Benton Cole, age 34, passed away October 5, 1999, in Phoenix, Arizona, after an extended illness. Scott was born August 31, 1965, in Yuma, Arizona. Scott was educated in the Yuma area schools, attending Pecan Grove Elementary School, Fourth Avenue Junior High and graduated from Yuma High School in 1983. He also attended Eastern Arizona Community College.
Scott is survived by his father and step-mother, Tom and Pamela Cole; his mother, Helen Joyce Minnich; sister, Toby Cole and Cheryl Rademacher, and her husband Kevin; aunts and uncles, Skip and Susie Tandy of Provo, Utah, Donald and Jacque Edwards, James and Jan Edwards, and Jack Edwards, and long time friend and companion, Donald Murders, all of Phoenix, Arizona. Scott also enjoyed and cared deeply for a large extended family which includes lots of loving great aunts and uncles, cousins and family friends. 
Scott was preceded in death by his brother, Brent Thomas Cole; cousin, John Patrick Tandy; his beloved aunt, Rita Reese; and his grand parents, D.C. and Faye Benton Cole and Key and Theresa Edwards.
Funeral services will be held Friday, October 8, 1999, at 10;00 A.M., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 16th Street and 14th Avenue, Yuma, Arizona, Rev. Thomas A. Phillips officiating. Interment will be at Desert Lawn Memorial Park. A private viewing for family will be held Thursday, October 7, 1999, 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at Kammann Mortuary (Yuma). 
All of Scott's family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to the many wonderful people who assisted in Scott's care and who have expressed their sorrow and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to HIV Care Directions (Phoenix) Hospice of the Valley (Phoenix), Hospice of Yuma (Yuma) or the charity of your choice.

GOLDIE MABLE DALTON
Goldie Mable Dalton, 75, passed away September 30,1999 in North Richland Hills, Texas. She was born July 11, 1924 in Yuma, Arizona. 
Mrs. Dalton retired in 1986 after 35 years as a Operations Officer with the First Interstate Bank of Arizona.
Surviors include son, John M. Dalton of Fort Worth. Daughter-in-law, Elaine Dalton Lindsey of Yuma, Arizona. Brother, Jim Berry of San Diego, California. She also leaves five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, David T. Dalton, her parents, her sister, and two brothers. 
Memorial services will be held Saturday October 9, at 11:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Yuma, Arizona. Burial place will be in Yuma, Arizona. 
Arrangements entrusted to Shannon Rufe Snow Funeral Chapel.

LESTER C. "LES" HIXON
Mr. Lester C. Hixon, 88, passed away at his home October 3, 1999. He was born August 8, 1911 in Topeka, Kansas. 
Mr. Hixon was President of Hixon Homes and was a retired general contractor and home builder. Les moved to Santa Monica, California in the late 1930's working through WWII in the movie industry. He ran a successful commercial contractors business until 1958 when he, his wife Louise and daughter Kathy moved to Yuma and started building houses. After building approximately 300 houses, he retired in 1982. 
He graduated from Dover Kansas High, where he was on the varsity baseball team. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Yuma Rotary Club, and Yuma Golf & Country Club in which he was a past President. He won several golf awards and was past President of California Contractors Association.
Survivors include his daughter Kathleen Louise Hixon of the family home in Yuma, Arizona. Sons; Lester C. Hixon, Jr. and daughter-in-law Celia Hixon of Norco, California. Randy A. Hixon of Phoenix, Arizona and daughter-in-law Chriss Hixon of Yuma. He also leaves 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephew, and cousins. 
Mr. Hixon was preceded in death by his wife Louise.
Visitation will be held at Johnson Mortuary Chapel, Thursday October 7, 1999 from 5:00 -7:00 P.M. Funeral Services will be held Friday at 10:00 A.M. at The Johnson Mortuary Chapel with The Reverend Roger Schalm of The Christ Lutheran Church officiating. Cryptside honors will be by Yuma Masonic Lodge 17 F&AM. Final resting place will be Benediction Mausoleum in Desert Lawn Memorial Park. 
Pallbearers include sons Lester Hixon, Randy Hixon, grandsons Mark Hixon, Jeff Hixon grand-daughter Sheila Fitzgerald, and friend Bill Esmeier. 
Honorary bearers include 3 grandchildren Tim Hixon, David Hixon, Jamie Hixon and 7 great-grandchildren. 
Memorial contributions suggested to A.R.C. 2720 W. 14th Pl. Yuma, Arizona.

Jimmy Lee
Jimmy Lee, 76, of Yuma died October 9, 1999. 
He is survived by his wife of 48 years: Mary. Children: Jimmie Ray (Chery), Bill (Donna) and Jimmy Lee (Patience) West. Jr. Grandchildren: Brian, Amber, Raymond Joseph, Richard David, Nayeli Mary and Billie Jo. One Great-grandson:Alexander Renee as well as several nieces and nephews also survive.
Mr. West was a longtime member of D.A.V., V.F.W., P.O.W., Purple Heart, and American Legion Post #19. He was also a outstanding steel guitar player. 
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, October 14, 1999 at 2:00 P.M. at the D.A.V., 1313 West 9th Place, Yuma, Arizona.
Burial will be in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Cave Creek, Arizona. Arrangements by Sunset Vista Mortuary, Cemetery, and Crematory.

Eva Jean Pryor
Eva Jean Pryor, 93, passed away at her home October 10, 1999. She was born in Indian Territory, subsequently Oklahoma, on November 15, 1906. Mrs. Pryor was a homemaker and retired office and business employee. 
She was a member of The First Christian Church of Yuma for over 30 years and a honorary life member of Yuma Mesa Homemakers Club. 
She was preceded in death by her husband Carl Pryor both were active in building the Republican party in Yuma County and in Arizona during the 1950's onward; through employment in the family business (now Associated Citrus Packers) she was active in the development of the citrus industry in Yuma. 
Survivors include daughter, Jeanne M. Pryor, brother C.V. Spencer, nephews William E. Spencer II, and Mark Spencer, all of Yuma
Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 14,11:00 A.M. at Johnson Mortuary 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Yuma, 1824 S. 8th Avenue, Yuma Az. 85364. Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Mortuary.

Altora "Tootie" Stagner 
Altora "Tootie" Stagner, 74, of Yuma passed away at home on November 13, 1999. She was born on December 1, 1924 in Grand Island, Nebraska. 
As a wife, mother, and friend "Tootie" devoted her life to helping others. 
Preceded in death by her husband Bud of 54 years. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Joann and Doug Hand, Machele and Gary Headington, all of Yuma; daughter Mary Ann Alexander of California, brothers; Kenneth, Roger and Elmer Wiley, sisters; Beulah Kennedy and Shirley Voigt; grandchildren Sherry McBride, Bonnie Jo and Charles Alexander, Braden Hand, Jennifer Martinez, Michael and Heather Headington: and eight great-grandchildren.
Private cremation arrangements handled by Yuma Mortuary. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice of Yuma, P.O. Box 4211, Yuma, Az 85366.
 
Jennie (Juanita) Munoz Ornelas
Jennie (Juanita) Munoz Ornelas, 68, passed away November 12, 1999 at her home in Somerton, Arizona. She was born February 11, 1931.
Mrs. Ornelas was a homemaker and a member of The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Somerton. 
Survivors include her husband; Victor Ornelas of Somerton, Arizona, sons; Victor M. Ornelas Jr. of Pomona, California, Sammy M. Ornelas, Freddy M. Ornelas, both of Yuma, Arizona, Ruben M. Ornelas and Stevie M. Ornelas both of Somerton, daughters; Bertha O. Rodriquez of Somerton and Olivia O. Santa Cruz of Yuma, brothers; Elias Munoz and Louis Munoz of Somerton, sisters; Tonia Reyes, Lupe Paz, and Tina DeSantiago all of Somerton. She is also survived by twenty-one grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fortunato and Elijia Munoz, brothers, Roman and Victor Munoz, sister, Chila M. Felix. 
Visitation will be held at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Somerton Arizona Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m with the rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday November 17, 1999 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Perez officiating. Final resting place will be Desert Lawn Memorial Park. 
Pallbearers include Victor Ornelas Jr., Sammy Ornelas Sr. Freddy Ornelas Sr., Ruben Ornelas Sr., Richard M. Ornelas, Joe Rodriquez, Chuck Santa Cruz, and Stevie Ornelas Jr.
Arrangements entrusted to Johnson Mortuary.

Ruth Victoria Maye Bradford- "Mrs. Elwood W. Bradford" 
Ruth Bradford passed away on Friday, the 12th of November, at Yuma Regional Medical Center. She had seen declining health for several months.
Mrs. Bradford was born in Tucson on November 4, 1913, the daughter of an Irish immigrant. She married Elwood Bradford a Yuma native on August 17, 1938 in Tucson, Arizona.
After the Second World War Ruth and her husband returned to Yuma where they made their life-long home.
Mrs. Bradford was active in civic and social organizations including the Yuma County Democratic Pary, The Immaculate Conception Alter Society, The Arizona Beta Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi and a number of bridge groups. She served as secretary to the Superior Court Judge John McGuire in the 60's and 70's having previously worked in the principals office at Yuma High and the County Clerks Office.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Elwood "Brad" Bradford; son Michael and daughter-in-law Jean; daughter Julie and son-in-law Wayne Battenfield; brother, Fred Maye of Guadalajara, Mexico; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Yuma. Services will be at St. Thomas Indian Mission on Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. with Fr. Rusty Monahan officiating.

Vanda E. Miller-Ross
Vanda E. Miller-Ross, 79, of Yuma died November 7, 1999.
She is survived by her husband: Kelmar, children: Kathryn (David) Lewis, Boulder, Colorado, Donald (Gerry) Nielsen, Omaha, Nebraska, Richard (Jan) Nielsen, Las Vegas, Nevada, Linda Miller-Booth, Adelaide, South Australia, Paul (Kelly) Ross and Anita Kramer both of Kansas, grandchildren Carl Peter, Kristin, Dana, Keith, Beth, Erica, Joe, Cindy, Donya, Tammy, Annette, Linnette, Kevin, Shannon, Courtney, Tony, Jason, Katie, Amy and Raven as well as several great-grandchildren. Brother: Laurence Grover of Oregon.
Friends may call at Sunset Vista Mortuary, 11357 E. 40th St., on Wednesday November 10, 1999 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at The Chapel. Interment will follow at Sunset Vista Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Az. affiliate, P.O. Box 7038, Phoenix, Az. 85011.
Arrangements entrusted to Sunset Vista Mortuary, Cemetery and Crematory.

Mary Lou Spikes-Taylor
Mary Lou Spikes-Taylor, 75, a long time resident of Yuma, passed away November 4, 1999 at Hospice of The Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. She was born May 25, 1924 in Fairfield, Texas.
She is survived by her two daughters Glenda L. Dees of Sacramento, California and Shelia Hean Dickerson of Chandler, Arizona; son-in-laws, Rickie Dees of Ventura, California and Emory A. Dickerson, Chandler, Arizona; granddaughters Nicole Dees of Yuma, Arizona and Erica Dickerson of Chandler, Arizona; grandson, Justin T. Dickerson also of Chandler, Arizona. Four brothers and 2 sisters.
Mary Lou was a long time member of Union Baptist Church. Memorial services will be held at Union Baptist Church, 360 S. 8th Avenue on Wednesday, November 10, 1999 at 1:00 P.M. Viewing will be from 12:00 P.M. to 12:45 P.M. Rev. James P. Crittenden, Pastor of Union Baptist will officiate. Harvey Funeral Chapel of Phoenix is in charge of local arrangements. Interment at Desert Lawn Memorial Park.

Lisa Marie (Foster) Gordin
Lisa Marie (Foster) Gordin, 36, passed away March 9, 2000 in Yuma, Arizona. She was born July 9, 1963 in Tucson, Arizona. Mrs. Gordin retired from the United States Air Force. She was a member of the Garden Club, and First Christian Church. A loving mom, devoted sister, caring daughter, she loved flowers, cooking, arts & crafts, and had a beautiful smile. Mrs. Gordin graduated from high school in Lake Havasu and in the top of the class in leadership skills in Military.
Survivors include her husband Stuart Gordin, son David R. Moddrelle, and daughter Sarah K Moddrelle all of Yuma, Az., father and stepmother Jerry Foster (Sue) of Croften, KY., stepfather and stepmother Harold and Martha Hawes, brothers James W. Foster, Joseph B. Foster , and Michael Hawes, and sister Melanie Cheung all of Yuma. 
Mrs Gordin was preceded in death by her mother Kathryn Hawes. 
Graveside services will be held Monday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m., with Dr. John Parish of First Christian Church officiating. 
Pallbearers will include James Foster, Joseph Foster, Harold Hawes, Peter Cheung, Mike Hawes, and David Moddrelle. 
Memorial donations suggested to Hospice of Yuma.


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