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Helene Claire Battles


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Helene Claire Battles Obituary
July 21, 1916 - April 21, 2017 Helene Claire Battles, nee LaSalle, passed into Eternal Life, aged 100 years, nine months, in Torrance, California, on April 21, 2017. Born to Charles and Mary LaSalle, Claire attended St. Patrick's grade school and Cumberland High School, in Valley Falls, Rhode Island. She majored in Fashion Design on scholarship at Rhode Island School of Design. In 1943, she married William Paul Battles, moving with him and their three children to the Los Angeles area in the early 1950s. Later, she worked at Security Pacific Bank in West Los Angeles and was an active member of the St. Timothy's Women's Club for over twenty years. Claire is survived by children Kristin Battles, William L. Battles, and Susan Griffith and partner John O'Brien, by her sister and brother-in-law Ann Kevin and George Kershaw, by grandchildren and spouses Leslie and Stephan Bosch and Ryan and Megan Griffith, by three great-grandchildren, and by countless beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband Bill, her parents, and siblings Justin LaSalle, Mary Peterson, Frances Theroux, and Dorothea Graham. Services will be held in July. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame (East Africa Mission) or to Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles. Please go to Rice Mortuary's website, www.LAfuneral.com, to send the family messages or share memories.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2017
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