“It was huge,” said the Nowlins’ daughter, Ann Nowlin Brown, about the business. “It employed 35 people full time in the plant and had two truck drivers. They used to pick up and deliver (clothes) all over Whittier.” Their company used to clean all the band uniforms for all of the high schools in the Whittier Union High School District as well as Whittier city police uniforms. She also was a member of the East Whittier Women’s Club and Whittier Girl Scout Council, and served on the board of the Rose Float Association. The Nowlins moved from Whittier in 1992 to the Morningside Retirement Community in Fullerton. Nowlin is survived by her son, Dan of Novato; daughter, Ann Nowlin Brown of Sammamish, Wash.; stepsons Russell and Bill Rich; grandchildren Jennifer Novak, Holly Sanley, Michael Nowlin, Matthew Nowlin, Christopher Nowlin and Jessica Nowlin; step-grandchildren Ellen Hardeman, Bill Rich, Molly Beaulier, Becky Van Wey, John Rich and Mark Capley; and great-grandson Aaron Novak. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A celebration-of-life reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Morningside of Fullerton, 800 W. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton. “She made the world a better place,” said her son, Dan. “She never said anything bad about anybody. She always had a smile on her face.” Born in Waynoka, Okla., Nowlin moved with her parents to Whittier in 1925. She graduated from Whittier High School three years later. She married Orin Nowlin in 1945. He died in 1995. He already had founded the dry cleaner. Sylvia Ann Nowlin, former owner of a Whittier dry cleaning business for 35 years, died Tuesday. Nowlin, 97, of Fullerton, with her late husband, Orin, owned and operated Orin Nowlin Cleaners and Dryers from 1936-71. She lived in Whittier for 82 years. The business was on Hadley Street, across from Whittier Boulevard. It now is the site of an auto parts shop. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Fullerton, 114 N. Pomona Ave., Fullerton.