Former Va. governor and senator George Allen (Getty Images)
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.