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Mary E. La Vallee

September 19, 1916 - January 12, 2017


Yes, Mother, your death has left your geriatric children as orphans, and yet, we rejoice that for 80 plus years we have been able to share our lives together. A rare privilege!
From very humble beginnings in Vineland, New Jersey, your parents, Bill and Jenny Raymond, decided to drive west across the USA on primitive roads with their young six-year-old daughter, Mary. They began their new life in Oakland, California. You thrived under the guidance of your full-blooded Italian mother and found love and marriage just out of your teen years. Identical twin boys, Jack and Bill, arrived when you and dad, Jack, were only twenty. Thirteen years later a daughter, Arlene, completed your family. You took motherhood seriously and thoroughly enjoyed the job. Your quiet, optimistic attitude prevailed throughout your life. Being an only child, you cherished the importance of every friendship, and of course, your own family’s bonds.
Two grandsons, Jonathan and Daniel, became an important focus to enjoy.  Your love, stamina, and positive attitude awarded you with this good life. Your compassion was expressed through 20-plus years of volunteering. Your many interests included creative writing and wood carving where you made many lasting friendships.
Mary is survived by her sons, Jack and Bill La Vallee, daughter, Arlene Watts (Tom), grandsons, Daniel Watts and Jonathan (Kristen) Watts.  Thanks for the care that the staff at Lancaster Village and Serenity Hospice provided.  A private service is planned. 

 
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Dear Arlene, Jack, and Bill:
I am so sorry for the loss of your mom.
I always looked forward to seeing her when she came to visit Arlene in San Jose.  She always made me feel like I was a relative.  She was so welcoming and loving towards me.  Your mom was such a positive, upbeat person.  She listened intently to what I said.  I remember her laugh.  When Arlene and I went up to Salem in the 70s to visit with her, I had such an enjoyable time.  Such hospitality!   Mrs. La Vallee was such a kind, unforgettable person.  
Cheryl