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Serena LaReine Gentry

November 16, 1979 - November 26, 2020

Serena LaReine Gentry lost her courageous battle with breast cancer on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was surrounded by the love of her family, who will miss her very much.

Serena was born in Monterey Park, California, on November 16, 1979, to Luis Ruiz and Marion Elizabeth (Allan) Ruiz. She graduated from Humboldt State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Microbiology.  She loved her career in healthcare where she often worked two jobs as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.

She met David Gentry, the love of her life in 2013, and they were married in Hawaii in 2019, before moving to Virginia. Even though she had traveled the world, she instantly fell in love with the beauty and history of Virginia. She also loved to transform herself into cosplay characters and descend on San Diego’s Comic Con to bring smiles to many faces. Serena brought joy and a childlike exuberance to everything in life and she will be sorely missed.


Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband, David; parents Luis and Marion; godmother LaReine Petties; siblings Michael, Rachel, and Christina, and numerous nieces and nephews will miss her as well. She will also be sorely missed by her Great Dane, Bill, her cat, Louie, and her new-found family in Virginia.

A private celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Serena loved animals, so in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to the animal charity of your choice.

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