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Char Adams
May 25, 2016 AT 06:56 PM EDT

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. 

Beth Howland, who played the accident-prone waitress Vera Gorman on the ’70s and ’80s sitcom Alice, has died at the age of 74.

Howland died on Dec. 31, 2015, in Santa Monica, California, after a battle with lung cancer, husband Charles Kimbrough told the New York Times, noting that his wife did not want a memorial or funeral service.

“It was the Boston side of her personality coming out,” Kimbrough said. “She didn’t want to make a fuss.”

He echoed the statement to the Associated Press, telling the news outlet that having no announcement or funeral was Howland’s choice.

Although Howland was best-known for her portrayal as the high-anxiety, sometimes ditzy waitress, she also had small roles on The Love BoatLittle House on the PrairieMurder, She WroteThe Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch along with a Broadway role alongside Dick Van Dyke in Bye Bye Birdie.

She earned four Golden Globe nominations during Alice‘s nine-year run from 1976–85.

Howland told the AP in 1979 that she and Vera shared some character traits: “I’m a little naïve sometimes but not as much as Vera. I guess I’m really a cynic.”

Howland leaves behind her husband along with a daughter from her previous marriage to actor Michael J. Pollard.

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