Herman, Willa Marie, a 29 year resident of Gardena, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2011. Born in Detroit, MI, Willa was 57 when she died. Willa is survived by husband, David Herman of Gardena, CA; mother, Colleen Lawson of Redford, MI; and her siblings: Evelyn Hoey, Cheri Cini, Arleen Willey, Perry Lawson, Kathie Stroder, Mark Lawson, Laurie Logan, Patricia Lawson, Brian Lawson, Ellen Lawson, and Aimee Lawson. She was preceded in death by father, William Lawson, and sister, Karen Lawson. A gathering of family & friends will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance on Tuesday December 13, 2011 from 5 to 9pm. The Service will be held at Rice Chapel on Wednesday December 14, 2011 at 9:30am followed by a reception in Rice's Lighthouse Reception Room until 12:30pm. Burial will follow at Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach. Check back to view the online video tribute.

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  1. No words to convey how bewildered and sadden we are. When you need us, remember Gail and I are just a phone call away.

  2. To all of Willa’s family, my family and her friends I’m so sorry that you all have to share the hurt and sorrow that I’m going through at this sudden and tragic ending of Willa’s life at such a young age. Two peas in a pod can’t even come close to how close we were to each other, 24 hours a day 7 days a week for over 31 years and then it comes to an end.I still can’t believe it! Willa was the sweetest most loved person that I ever met and another great feature about her is like my daughter Suzanne told me on the phone yesterday, she was as real as real can get about being a person, there was absolutely nothing fake about her! Goodbye my sweet and loving Willa, I will be with you forever some day. I don’t know how I will make it without you being at my side like always, but I will try. I will love you until the earth ends and even beyond that! David.

  3. We are so very sad to hear of Willa’s passing. I wish I would have had the opportunity to know her better. I know she will be missed and touched the lives of many. Willa rest in peace.

  4. I will always remember Willa as being more like a sister and best friend, than a sister in-law. I will miss her wonderful laugh and good sense of humor.I will miss her so much. We love you Willa. Love, Don and Lois

  5. Dearest Willa, we will miss your sweet face and heartfelt laugh.You were kind and generous and I always felt the perfect partner for my Dad. I will always cherish the the times we visited and our Thanksgiving conversation on my birthday. I love you and Godspeed.

  6. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arm around you and whispered “come with me” with tearful eyes I watched, and saw you pass away. Although I loved you dearly, I could not make you stay. A golden heart stop beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke my heart to prove to me that he only takes the best. Put this on your status if there is someone in heaven you miss everyday. *THIS WAS POSTED BY WILLA ON HER FACEBOOK 8-28-11. Today I will post it on my status for her.

  7. im very sorry for your and all of our great loss.auntie willa will always be in my heart.when i think of her im reminded of her unrelentingly cheerfull personality,and how easily she made me and others feel they were her friend.she is already greatly missed.

  8. My beautiful sister you always made me laugh with your silly jokes and funny faces. Soft spoken with a nervous little giggle at the end of every sentence. I won’t say “goodbye” because you live on in all you touched.

  9. Beautiful Willa,you are gone to soon. Your life brought alot of happiness to David,your mother,and your family.We will miss you terribly. Love Ginger Hiatt

  10. I feel your loss, Uncle David. Just knowing that Willa is not (here) any longer breaks my heart. She was such a kind woman. Good looking, too. I like the pic you chose on this site of her. I hope I can explore this site and find more info about her, the services, etc. Every time I hear Wind Beneath My Wings and Unforgettable will be dedicated to Willa. Your Nephew, Mark

  11. Willa, we love you, miss you and can not imagine how it will be without you. But be assured that we will all be happily together again someday soon.

  12. Willa you are an Angel that settled into my family by the grace of GOD. We remember your laughter, your smile and your love for each one of us. You are everything a stepmom, friend, sister, wife should be. You live in our hearts and in our arms whenever we gather. We love you so!

  13. Hello my thoughts were from a long friendship, she was a very private person and very strong willed. Willa and I were friends for many years and shared our early years together , the past 20 years we were long distance but very close at heart. When we spoke last time a few months ago it was like we started talking and left off like it was yesterday . I have a empty feeling right now and I will have to fill that with memories. David I hope you read this and know that I am thinking of you and know how much Willa meant to me. Please call anytime. Love your friend CATHY

  14. Dear Willa, your cute little smile and the twinkle in your eyes will always be in my memory. Rest In Peace Dear Willa.

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