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Mass scheduled Feb. 27 for Dick J. De Atley, 74

DOWNEY-A Mass of Christian Burial will be heard at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Raymond's Catholic Church for Dick J. De Atley, a former longtime Downey resident who died Feb. 14 at Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona.

He was 74, and moved to Downey from Huntington Park in 1952, remaining here until moving to Scottsdale in 1978. He was a founding parishioner of St. Raymond's, was a member of the church's Men's Club, and served Sunday masses at Los Padrinos juvenile facility here. While in Downey he worked as a salesman and manager for Standard Brands Foods. He moved to Scottsdale to become president of Bateman Food Brokerage in Phoenix.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Scottsdale; a daughter, Jean Corty (Andy) of Brea; a son, Richard (Kathy) of Riverside; four grandchildren; and a sister, Doris Lee Beard of Twentynine Palms.

The Rev. Thomas O'Hanlon will officiate. Cremation was by the Messinger Mortuary and Chapel of Scottsdale. Inurnment will follow the mass at Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles.


Mary Romero Ybarra funeral held in Gilroy

GILROY-Funeral services are today, Friday, Feb. 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the Habing Family Funeral Home in Gilroy, thence to St. Mary's Church in Gilroy for a Funeral Mass for Mary Romero Ybarra, a homemaker who died in Morgan Hill Feb. 14.

She was the wife of the late Ladislado Ybarra, and was 85, born in Jalisco, Mexico. She was a member of St. Mary's Church and loved to cook and do needlework.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Richard and Inez Romero of El Sobrante; a son and his wife, Manuel and Nancy Romero of Gilroy; a daughter and her husband, Helen and Frank Morales of Downey; a daughter, Esther G. Lopez of Gilroy; son Tony Gonzales of Gilroy; grandsons Richard and Robert Romero of Pinole; granddaughter Rhonda Romero of Stockton; grandson Russell Romero of El Sobrante; granddaughter Rebecca Romero of Concord; granddaughter Suzanne Romero of Gilroy; Grandsons Manuel and Bryan Romero of Gilroy; granddaughters Teresa Morales and Toni Esparza of Downey; grandson Frank Morales, Jr. of Downey; granddaughter Anna Maria Morales of Downey; grandson Joey Lopez of Minden, Nevada; grandson Henry Lopez of Los Angeles; granddaughter Mary Ann Williamson of Santa Cruz; granddaughter Cindy Ellsbury of Gilroy; grandson Marcos Ybarra of San Diego; 35 great-grandchildren; three sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Habing Family Funeral Home of Gilroy.


Memorial Tuesday for Andrew Howland Figge

DOWNEY-Memorial funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the California Heights United Methodist Church, Long Beach, for Andrew "Andy" Howland Figge, 48, a graduate of Warren High School and the owner and operator of Tower Technology in Signal Hill, which does tower erection, demolition, maintenance and repair.

He was born Sept. 9, 1950 in Berea, Ohio, and died in a tragic work accident in Huntsville, Alabama Feb. 10.

He graduated from Warren High School in 1968, and was working on a tower for a client when he died.

He held the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard inactive reserves, and maintained active service from 1974 to 1984. He attended the Coast Guard Academy, and both his parents, Walter Andrew and Marion (Bishop) Andrews, served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from Cal Poly Pomona in 1974.

He attained the rank of Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm in the Boy Scouts of America, and was active in the Boy Scouts and Explorers for 40 years, starting at the age of eight. He was active in the "Quest Beyond the Eagle" program.

He served for 10 years on the organizing committee of the Long Beach Marathon which began in 1984, and was a member of the California Heights United Methodist Choir in Long Beach.

He and his wife, Susan, recently had celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary.

Survivors included his wife, Susan (Van Wig) Figge of Long Beach; a son, David Anthony; daughters Candida Lynn O'Dell, Meggan Kristine O'Dell, and Devon Anne O'Dell; father Walter Andrew Figge; and uncles Russell Figge, Hank Andrews and Albert Andrews.

His ashes were scattered at sea from a U.S. Coast Guard vessel Wednesday, Feb. 17.


LaVerne Mayfield is mourned at age of 78

DOWNEY-Friends and family mourn LaVerne Mayfield, a 42 year resident of Downey, who died here Feb. 14.

She was 78, born in Cleveland, Ohio, and was a graduate of South Gate High School, who worked for many years at Bullock's in Lakewood.

She was preceded in death by her son, Larry Mayfield.

Survivors include her husband, Lacy, and her son, Greg (Paula), all of Downey; sisters Thelma Flores of Baja, California, Lois DeVaney of Olga, Washington; daughter-in-law Marlene Jefferson of Paso Robles; grandchildren Christy of Huntington Beach, Brian of Downey, Mike of Los Angeles, and Linda Lopez of Las Vegas; great-grandchildren Joshua and Jessica Burns and Shanelle Lopez of Las Vegas.

Lacy and LaVerne would have celebrated 60 years of marriage in April.
 
 




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