Arlette Pearl Allen-Lavender, 57, died on Wednesday Sept. 12, 2007, at the home of her aunt Norma Reedy in Houston, Texas during her annual visit. Arlette was born on April 21, 1950 in San Pedro. She was the daughter of Arthur W. Lux and Lula Pearl Lux, with older brothers Robert and Charley.
Arlette's interment was on Sept. 20, 2007 at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Whittier where she joins her mother and brother Robert. The cause of death was Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) that was unfortunately not detected in time.
Arlette graduated from Sierra High School in Whittier in 1968 and went on to earn an Associate Degree in Interior Design from Antelope Valley College in Lancaster in 1996.
She first married Barry Allen and they had two sons, Todd Jason Allen and Chad Kevin Allen. In April 1989, she married Joseph A. Lavender aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach and moved from Simi Valley to Quartz Hill.
Arlette was an extremely talented and diverse individual who operated a pre-school center in Los Angeles and was a manufacturer's sales representative in Pasadena in addition to being an Administrative Assistant at UCLA in Los Angeles.
Upon moving to Napa in 1996, she was the manager of the Kasper A.S.L. clothing store, then an assistant store manager of a Cost Plus Store in Marin. Additionally, she was a manager at the world renown Tra Vigne restaurant in St. Helena. Her final work in Napa was that of Gift Shop Manager at the Queen of the Valley Hospital. In this capacity she directed a construction renovation of the shop and introduced a completely new inventory.
After moving to Crescent City in 2001, Arlette became extremely active in supporting the North Coast Marine Mammal Center.
Nothing deterred Arlette from accomplishing anything that she set her mind to and this was always in a fun and overwhelmingly positive attitude.
In the business world she would have been called a "Mover and a Shaker" while in the realm of professional sports the phrase would be an "Impact Player." Those who knew her simply called her Arlette.
She was the first in line to volunteer for worthwhile projects from supporting the Walk for Life to working at the Napa Valley Wine Auction.
As an Assistant Scout Master in Simi Valley, she was selected to become a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Arlette is survived by her husband, Joe; her father Arthur Lux, 94, of Whittier; her children, Chad of Canton, Mass., and Todd of Seattle, Wash.; her brother, Charley of Venice; her aunt, Norma Reedy of Houston, Texas; grandsons Brandon and Parker of Canton, Mass.; and daughter-in-law Beth of Canton, Mass.
Arlette is loved and will be missed but never forgotten.
A memorial service will be held at the family home at 1320 Sandmann Road on Sunday, Oct. 7 starting at 1 p.m. This will be followed by a pasta dinner that Arlette was well known for in the neighborhood. All neighbors and friends are invited.