Laverne May Allen, 94, of Manhattan Beach, CA, passed away on September 23, 2017. The funeral will be held at 10:00 am on October 2, 2017 at American Martyrs Catholic Church, 624 15th St, Manhattan Beach. Burial will follow the funeral at Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, CA, at 1:30 pm. LaVerne was born on a farm in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 1, 1923, the youngest of ten children. On vacation in Hawaii, she met the love of her life. She married Matt Nelson Allen on May 28, 1960, and they moved to Manhattan Beach where she became a homemaker and raised three lovely daughters. LaVerne was a devoted mother, wife, and grandmother. She enjoyed traveling with her family and visited almost all 50 states. She was an active volunteer at school, in American Martyrs Catholic Church and in Girl Scouts. She also loved playing bingo. LaVerne is survived by her daughters: AnnaMay Douthitt of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Helen Allen and her husband Daniel of Olympia, Washington and Diane Craig and her husband Michael of Torrance, California. She is also survived by her four grandchildren: David and Matthew Craig and Rebecca and Matthew Allen. LaVerne is preceded in death by her husband Matt Allen, her parents Theodore and Helen Schweitzer and all nine of her siblings. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles

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