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Etty Allen, mother of former Va. governor, dies

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Henriette "Etty" Allen, matriarch of one of America's most storied football families and the mother to former Virginia Gov. George F. Allen, has died. She was 90.

According to a statement from the Allen family, she died Jan. 2 after a long illness. A private funeral is planned for her Tuesday in California.

The daughter of an anti-Nazi resistance fighter in occupied Tunisia, she immigrated after World War II to Iowa where she met and married George H. Allen, a small-college football coach.

Over the next four decades, Allen coached winning teams with the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins and earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He died in 1993.

Her son Bruce Allen is now general manager of the Redskins.

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