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Avalane (Val) Cole

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June 11, 1919 - June 11, 2015 Avalane "Val" Ezer Cole, a long time resident of West Los Angeles, died of natural causes on June 11, 2015, her 96th birthday. She is interred at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1919, Val was raised by her mother, Betty Ezer in a family of eight children. She was married for sixty-six years to the love of her life, Edward Cole, who preceded her in death in 2003, and is survived by their daughter Stephanie Weightman of Los Angeles as well as several cousins. Val graduated from Beverly Hills High School and attended UCLA where she studied pre-law before embarking on a career as a writer in the "television and motion picture business", also producing "The Christmas Carol" for television for many years in the late 40's and working for Eagle-Lion Films and RKO Pictures. She was extremely proud of her work on behalf of the USO for the City of Miami, Florida during WWII. With encouragement and support from her suffragette mother Betty, Val founded her own mortgage company and flourished as an independent businesswoman. Her spirited personality and straightforward approach earned the respect of all who came in contact with her, whether through her business or through her work on behalf of the California Country Club Homeowners Association, where she served as Board President for 20 years. In 2002 she was awarded "Woman of the Year" by the California State Assembly. Val's motto was to "live in the moment" and this perspective led her to cherish every kind and word that came her way. She was a great story teller and fiercely inquisitive, a true life long learner. The lives of her family and friends have been blessed with the memories of this remarkable, authentic and beautiful woman and we will miss her forever.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 30 to July 1, 2015
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