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Alma Verna Gauthier

January 18, 1932 ~ December 14, 2018 (age 86)
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Alma Verna Gauthier was born January 18, 1932 in Manila, Philippines.  She was raised by her mother, Consolacion Belamide and her sisters during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, while her father, Wilson Harn, an American ex-pat who was the paymaster at the Cavite shipyards, was held as a prisoner of war on the grounds of Santo Tomas University.  He was killed the day of his release in 1945.  As a teenager, Verna worked at the U.S. Embassy where she met Marine pvt. Richard Gauthier. They were married in 1950. They had three children, Constance Anne, Richard Jr. and Robert. Finally settling in California. Divorced in 1967, Verna worked at a waitress while raising the children.  She settled into a career as a switchboard operator at Camp Pendleton. She married Clyde Kintz, USMC, Ret., in 1984.  They lived together until his death in 2000. Verna enjoyed being a grandmother and was always looking to “spoil” her grandchildren.  She was a voracious reader of real crime and history novels. She was generous and loved to laugh, dance and listen to music.  She also was keen to remember her childhood years in war-ravaged Philippines.  Fondly recounting the day a g.i. from the U.S. liberating forces offered her a piece of chocolate as they moved through her neighborhood. Verna is survived by her three children, numerous grandchildren and her brother, Ron Tedrow.

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