Ruth Vernon, 72, assistant to Ben Piazza in casting at RKO Pictures during the 1940s, died Oct. 6 in Sherman Oaks of heart failure.

Vernon was also a secretary to screenwriters including Garrett Forte at Fox in the late ’30s, and in later years, an independent production coordinator.

Survived by two sons, Michael, an actor and screenwriter, and Jeffrey, an actor and designer. Her ex-husband is actor Glen Vernon.

Memorial service will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the West Valley Church of Religious Science in Canoga Park.

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