Henriette ''Etty'' Allen, matriarch of a famed American football family and 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 Tuesday in California.
The daughter of anti-Nazi resistance fighter Felix Lumbroso, she lived in occupied Tunisia during World War II.
After the war, she immigrated to Sioux City, Iowa, where she met and married George H. Allen, then the head football coach at tiny Morningside College.
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 1990.
Her son Bruce Allen is now the Redskins' general manager.
Etty Allen was a stabilizing force in a family in which football preoccupied not only her husband but their three sons, George, Bruce and Gregory, according to a book written by her only...