Ferol Kubota Rudd, daughter of the late Charles Yozo Kubota and Masako Nakashima, was born February 9,1935 in Newport, Washington. She went to school in Newport, was an excellent student, a member of the girls’ basketball team and a high school cheerleader. Her father owned the local laundry and dry-cleaning service where Ferol worked, along with her brother and three sisters.
Ferol graduated from high school May 23rd, 1952, and immediately went to work as secretary for a local attorney. In the spring of 1967, Ferol and her sister Alice moved to Los Angeles to experience sunny California. Ferol was hired April 13, 1967 as a legal secretary by the Van Petten and Holen law firm in downtown Los Angles. Ferol and Alice rented an apartment in Hollywood and began driving around town in their MG Midget sportscar. Ferol loved sports car and later owned a 1972 Datsun 240Z, a 1986 300Z Turbo, and finally, a 2003 350Z.
During Ferol’s employment with VanPetten and Holen, she assisted Marv Holen’s wife Marta, prepare, and produce dance recital announcements for the Los Angeles Ballet. In return, she was given tickets to attend the recitals and meet the performers.
Ferol met Edwin I Rudd in West Los Angeles in the early 1970’s and later married him April 30th, 1976. They moved to Jamestown, North Dakota where Ed was the Executive Director of the South-Central Dakota Regional Council, a nine-county planning board. Ferol worked as the Administrative Assistant to the psychiatrist in charge of the North Dakota State Mental Hospital. In September 1977 they returned to live in California the remainder of their married lives.
Ferol earned an Associates of Arts degree from West Los Angeles College in 1975. In 1980 she graduated from the University of West Los Angeles School of Paralegal Studies in Culver City, California, with honors, as a Corporations Specialist, Litigation Specialist, and Certified Legal Assistant. She went on to work for a family law firm, an entertainment law firm, and an unlawful discharge law firm.
Ferol later learned computer programming and developed an innovative database program that she and a partner used to track outdoor billboard advertisements across the United States. She was an avid reader, liked playing cards, cooking, entertaining, and dining at good restaurants with friends.
Ferol is survived by her loving husband of over 46 years, Ed, her sister Alice, her niece Kari (Jeff) and grand niece and nephew, Klara and Shane. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to California Lutheran Homes and Community Services at 800 N. Brand Blvd. 19th Floor, Glendale, California 91203 or Anaheim United Methodist Church at 1000 S. State College Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92806.