Okum, Shelvia Jean, a 50 year resident of Lawndale, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 in Gardena. Born in Albertville, AL, Shelvia was 71 when she died. Shelvia lived life on her own terms; a giving person who loved her family and enjoyed her life with her husband Ben Okum until his passing in 1985. She was an independent business owner most of her life owning a local Bar and Liquor store which allowed her to help others in need. She often gave food and groceries to others when they did not have money to pay. She loved to do all kinds of fishing (especially with her husband). Shelvia enjoyed every minute she had with her eight Grandchildren and Great-Grandson. Shelvia is survived by her Children, Cyndy Hartigan, Richard Doran, Robert Okum, and Shelvia Sedan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Elton Light. The Memorial Service will be held in the Chapel at Rice Mortuary on Monday, August 9, 2010 at 3:00 PM. A Reception will follow in the Rice Lighthouse Reception Room from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Burial will be at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside.

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