LaVerna Critser

Brief Life History of LaVerna

When LaVerna Critser was born on 31 January 1893, in Ghana, her father, Charles Albert Critser, was 23 and her mother, Rose Anna Whitlock, was 16. She married Clarance Ranford Gurley in 1910, in Soda Springs, Caribou, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 22 April 1950, in San Mateo, California, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Clarance Ranford Gurley
LaVerna Critser
Marriage: 1910
Melvin M. Gurley
Margaret Gurley
Gerald Leroy Gurley
Kenneth Edward Gurley
Iona Marie Gurley
Leona Mae Gurley
Charles Henry Gurley

Sources (18)

  • Laverna Gurley in household of C R Gurley, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Legacy NFS Source: La Verna Critser - Government record: birth-name: La Verna Critser
  • Laverna Critser Gurley, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.


In 1905, a group of visionary Centinela Valley businessmen decided to pool their resources and form the Inglewood Park Cemetery Association. At this time, the area was sparsely settled with farms and small homes, but it was growing and needed a designated place for burials. The first interment was made in the new cemetery on July 20, 1906. In the first year, there were 32 burials, which not surprisingly would increase dramatically over the coming years. Funeral processions arrived from Los Angeles on horse-drawn flat carts. Later, mourners traveled to the cemetery by railroad in specially designed electric funeral cars like the Descanso (now on display at the Pacific Railroad Museum). In 1913, the cemetery saw the possibilities for affordable wall crypt entombment, which in those days was a means of burial usually reserved for the wealthy. Inglewood Mausoleum was built as the first community mausoleum in California. Many of the original settlers of the Centinela Valley and the South Bay region are entombed

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Kritzer or Kreutzer .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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