Lurene Ford Witten
1930 - 2014
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June 21, 1930 – September 24, 2014

Longtime Long Beach resident, Lurene Witten, passed away on Wednesday, September 24. She is predeceased by her devoted husband, Ralph Witten, often known as "Bill", whom she met at Long Beach City College. She and Bill enjoyed dancing together through fifty seven years of marriage. One of Lurene's greatest joys in life was reading. As a child, because her father was career Navy, Lurene lived in many different cities across the country and changed schools many times. Each time they would arrive in a new city, she and her mother would visit the neighborhood library so they would have new books to read. Lurene loved sharing her love of reading with others and especially enjoyed teaching reading to first graders in the Long Beach Unified School District, where she taught for twenty-nine years. She was a voracious reader even into her last days, sometimes using a magnifying glass to see the words. Lurene was an active member of Belmont Heights United Methodist Church for over fifty years, serving in various leadership and volunteer roles, especially in roles that served children. She also loved singing in the church choir with several of her dearest friends. She is survived by her brother Ted Ford, sisters Julie Ford Williams and Catherine Ford, daughter Anne Witten Fried (Jerry), son Ted Witten (Katrina), daughter Amy Witten (Joe Puckett), and six grandsons, Robert (Ashley) and Michael Donnelly, Edward, Anthony and William Witten, and Joey Puckett. She is also survived by a cherished great granddaughter, Nora Jane. The memorial service for a celebration of her life will be Sunday, October 19 at 2 PM at Belmont Heights United Methodist Church, 317 Termino Avenue, Long Beach, California.

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Published in Gazette Newspapers from Oct. 16 to Oct. 23, 2014.
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September 26, 2018
January 10, 2018
Please accept my deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your dear mother. May God grant you peace during your time of grief. Rm. 15:33
November 25, 2017
So sorry for the loss of your dear love one, Ms. Witten. May God who knows your sorrow bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time. 2Cor1:3
January 12, 2017
With deepest sympathy, may the power of prayer ease your sorrow, give you peace and provide much comfort for you and your family during this difficult time. (Matthew 21:22)
D. Wilmington-California
October 27, 2014
May the peace of God be with you.
Phil. 4:6, 7
October 21, 2014
Lurene was a sweet, caring person. I will miss her warm smile and kind manner. It was my pleasure caring for her.
Mary Byron
October 21, 2014
Even though she was my boss for a short time, I looked at her more as a mom. It was a honor having you in my life.
Mariaelena Salazar
October 21, 2014
My life is much richer for knowing Lurene. She wasn't only my boss but she became one of my closest friend. I will miss her very much
Dina Williams
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