It has been a sad week in La Cañada. Memorial services were held Monday at Wee Kirk o' the Heather at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale for La Cañada Thursday Club past president, Laura Diane Canales. Mrs. Canales died on Nov. 5 of cancer. She was 71 years old.
During her tenure as president (1986-1988), Laura Canales made a point of reaching out to a younger and diverse club membership. IShe actively recruited younger women, including me. She went out of her way to welcome our family at a time when there were very few Hispanic families in town. She was particularly kind to my husband, Len Torres, and to our children. She taught me how to put on a tea. She taught my daughter how to bake pâte à choux.
Mrs. Canales, the former Laura Dukakis, was born and raised in Los Angeles. She graduated from St. Agnes High School. She married Ricardo Canales in 1957 and moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1974, where their three children attended local schools, and she resumed her college education. She received her B.A. in business from California State University, Los Angeles in 1984.