Singer Patty Andrews dies at age 94

Singer was last survivor of Andrews Sisters group

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Patty Andrews, the last survivor of the singing Andrews Sisters trio who charmed servicemen overseas on countless USO tours, died Wednesday at age 94 at her home in Northridge.

Spokesman Alan Eichler said Andrews, who died of natural causes, would have turned 95 in February.

She and her sisters Maxene and LaVerne were famed for such World War II-era hits as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree."

The sisters had 19 gold records and sold nearly 100 million records in their career. They also appeared in 16 films, including roles alongside Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in "Buck Privates," "In the Navy" and "Hold that Ghost," and with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in "Hollywood Canteen" and "Road to Rio."

Their support of the Armed Forces and appearances on USO tours were recognized in 1987, when they received the Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. Department of Defense. They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that same year.

Maxene died in 1995 at age 79 of a heart attack. LaVerne died of cancer in 1967 at age 55.

Patty Andrews is survived by foster daughter Pam DuBois; niece Lynda Wells; and cousins Patty Therault Kurzawinski, Debby Therault, Terry Therault and Tom Therault. Her husband, Walter Weschler, died in 2010.

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