The Maureen Varnes, CLM Memorial ALA Dues Scholarship Fund
"Maureen was grace and understanding personified. Maureen made us all better people."
To honor the memory of our 2008-2009 GLA ALA President, Maureen Varnes, CLM, GLA ALA has renamed its Volunteer of the Year award and has created a scholarship fund to assist members in need with payment of their annual ALA dues since membership in ALA is required for membership in GLA ALA. Our goal is to provide at least two (2) members in need with a scholarship to cover their ALA annual dues, which as of January 1, 2016, was increased to $419. GLA ALA Members may donate anonymously to this fund, in any denomination, and can elect a monthly payment plan for their donation as well.
"From Jaime Carlson's Ovarian Cancer Research Fundraising page. Maureen Ojeda Varnes spiced up the life of everyone she met.
Born in Brooklyn to Cuban and French-German immigrant parents, Maureen was a woman who demanded the highest of herself and those around her to create a better world. At the age of 17, she moved to Los Angeles to make something of herself. She was a hard charger, raising two young girls as a single mom at the time while at the same time putting herself through college and starting a successful legal career. One of her capstones was becoming President of the Greater Los Angeles Association of Legal Administrators and being a mentor to others. However, more than anything, she put her heart and sass behind building a large and wonderful family that adored her.
Maureen lost her fight to ovarian cancer on January 31, 2016, just 7 short weeks after learning she had it. She was surrounded by loved ones holding her hand. Ovarian cancer is a silent and deadly killer and there is much further to go in detecting and beating it. Sadly, a lack of symptoms means that about 75% of ovarian cancer cases will have spread to stage 3 or 4 by the time they are detected and, unfortunately, most patients die within five years.
Maureen is survived by her loving husband Larry; children Vanessa, Jaime, Ken and Kristy; 8 gorgeous grandchildren; and the incredible Ojeda gang of siblings, nieces and nephews.
She will be missed but we know she's not too far from any of us making sure we stay on our toes and stay classy. We'll miss that smile! She left us far too soon."