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Mass celebrated for Ben Barrett Martin, 89

DOWNEY-A Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday, Aug. 20, at Saint Raymond's Catholic Church for Ben Barrett Martin, a 50 year Downey resident and former custodial supervisor for 25 years at the former Long Beach General Hospital.

He was 89, born in Alabama, and died Aug. 15 at Mirada Hills Convalescent Hospital.

He was a member of the Knute Rockne Council 3697 K. of C., and was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Wing Martin in 1985.

Survivors include his son, Tim Carter of Downey; a brother, Tommy Martin of New Jersey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Father Richard Albarano officiated. After cremation, burial followed in the family plot at the Downey Cemetery. Arrangements were by the Downey Zrelak Family Mortuary.

E. Harriett Dunmire Stevens remembered

DOWNEY-A Memorial Service was held Aug. 6 at the Messiah Lutheran Church for E. Harriett Dunmire Stevens, a longtime Downey resident and a former guidance counselor for the Downey Unified School District, who died July 31 after a long illness.

She was born March 30, 1918 in Lawrence, Kansas, was a graduate of the University of Kansas, and was affiliated with Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She obtained her master's degree in psychology and served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska.

She was a social worker for the Red Cross in World War II.

In 1945 she married John P. Stevens (who died in 1987). They moved to Downey in 1952 where she pursued her Ph.D. at Whittier College. She was active in many community organizations, including the Downey Woman's Club, PTA, Downey Youth Band, Downey Panhellenic, North Downey Pony League, Messiah Lutheran Church, and was a 30 year member of the Downey Community Hospital Auxiliary.

Her many friends will remember her as a beloved baker of cookies.

Survivors include her sons, Herbert (Mary) of Downey, John (Diana) of Fullerton; granddaughters Danielle Kinney (Mark) of Fullerton, and Kristen of Golden, Colorado.

Friends, family mourn Fern Sarah Cieslinski

DOWNEY-Graveside services were held Aug. 19 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier for Fern Sarah Cieslinski, a former longtime resident of Downey, who died Aug. 7 in Henderson, Nevada.

She was born May 25, 1911 in Lyons, Clinton County, Iowa, and lived in Downey prior to moving to Las Vegas, Nevada. She was a member of the Methodist Church and Eastern Star.

Survivors include her daughters Ruth Diller of Las Vegas, Helen Cheney of Encinitas, Beverly Powell of Las Vegas; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Burial followed at Rose Hills.

Arrangements were by the Allen-English & Estrada Funeral Service of Bell Gardens.

Vance Reynolds dead at age 72 in Oklahoma

YUKON, Oklahoma-Graveside services will be held tomorrow (Saturday, Aug. 22) in Memorial Park Cemetery in Ada, Oklahoma for Vance Reynolds, a former resident of Downey for 35 years and a former Downey Police Sergeant.

He was 72, born Oct. 7, 1925 near Enid, Mississippi, and died Tuesday, Aug. 18 in Oklahoma City.

He moved from Downey to Yukon, Oklahoma 10 years ago. He worked as a Territorial Alaska Highway Patrolman for five years before coming to Downey.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Oklahoma City 5th Ward, chapter 157 of the Royal Arch Masons of Downey, and was a Shriner and a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II.

He received a B.S. in public health from the University of Oklahoma in 1950.

Survivors include his sister, Eva Joan Summers of Anchorage, Alaska; nephews Larry Summer of Yukon, and Martin Summers of Houston, Alaska; a niece, Vanessa Summers of Anchorage, Alaska; great-nieces Caylor Summers of Yukon, Candice and Jessica Summers of Anchorage; and great-nephew Martin Summers of Anchorage.

Arrangements are by the Smith & Turner Mortuary of Yukon, Oklahoma.

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