Lorraine Mulay-Levien, a Venice resident and businesswoman, died Tuesday, July 25th, of leukemia. She was 56 years old.

She collapsed at home on Monday, July 24th, slipped into a coma, and died at UCLA Medical Center the next day.

She owned Travel 21, a travel agency on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice for nearly 25 years.

“Neighborhood groups, especially youth organizations, will remember Mulay-Levien for her generosity and her loyalty,” said her friend Janine Coyle. “Her many friends will miss her humor, her kindness, and her devotion to Bandit, a zany mutt she rescued off the street.”

Mulay-Levien moved to Los Angeles from New York City, where she was born and raised.

She not only opened her travel agency in Venice but also soon bought a home and lived in the neighborhood until her death.

Several years ago, she met and married fellow New Yorker Doug Levien, who was at her side throughout the illness.

Mulay-Levien is survived by her husband, two sisters, one brother, three nephews, and two stepsons.

One stepson is currently a soldier serving in Iraq and the other, Vincent, has been at his father’s side throughout the last few weeks and days.