Bethel Romero, 85, of El Centro passed away March 16, 2008. Bethel was born Oct. 22, 1922, in El Paso, Texas.

She married Juan A. Romero, Sr. in 1948 in Socorro, N.M. She was a cook for 40 years in New Mexico, El Centro, Brawley and Imperial.

She enjoyed singing, dancing, crocheting, sewing, gardening, Circle-a-Word puzzles and reading.

Bethel was preceded in death by her husband, Juan A. Romero, Sr., and her 3-year-old great-granddaughter, Brianna Nero.

She is survived by her four adult children, Ruth Sellers and husband Johnny Lee, Juan A. Romero, Jr., Erli Romero-Crampton and husband Dale Crampton of Crescent City, and Lucille Romero-Britton; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great- grandchildren.

Services were held in El Centro. Cremation and internment will follow in April.