Lavina Anderson, beloved wife, mother and friend, was born Levina Oris Archuletta on February 8, 1940 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. With her parents Levi Archuletta and Oris Hill, the family settled with their only child Lavina in Burbank, California. Growing up she made many friends from Washington Elementary, Burbank High School and Valley College where she was a member of the Delta Phi Sorority.
In 1962 Lavina married Blayney Nils Anderson. The couple traveled often, including road trips up the Pacific Coast into Canada and a month long tour of Europe. They once visited their favorite destination, Yosemite National Park, over 26 times in one year. Then in 1965, Lavina gave birth to their only child Lance Courtney. The family continued to travel, often times to the family cabin in Big Bear. Over the years Lavina became a cherished “Team Mother” for Lance’s Little League Baseball teams. With her friends, Lavina shared her sharp sense of humor and her lifetime love of cooking, cards, movies and the holidays.
During Lavina’s final years of life, she fought bravely against several medical conditions, including enduring over 10 years of dialysis. Despite these challenges she enjoyed life to the fullest, including six trips to the Hollywood Bowl this past Summer.
On the day after Christmas, with her faithful husband by her side, Lavina passed away on the morning of December 26, 2010 at St. Josephs Hospital in Burbank. Lavina’s Celebration of Life memorial was held at Descanso Gardens on March 6, 2011 and was well attended by family and friends.