Leona Mae Gurley

23 June 1918–19 November 2000 (Age 82)
Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States

The Life of Leona Mae

When Leona Mae Gurley was born on 23 June 1918, in Montpelier, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States, her father, Clarance Ranford Gurley, was 33 and her mother, LaVerna Critser, was 25. She married John William Ellis on 6 April 1937, in Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Burns, Marion, Kansas, United States in 1920 and Soda Springs Election Precinct, Caribou, Idaho, United States in 1940. She died on 19 November 2000, in Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Soda Springs, Caribou, Idaho, United States.

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Family Time Line

John William Ellis
Leona Mae Gurley
Marriage: 6 April 1937
Barbara Ann Leigh
Blaine William Ellis

Spouse and Children

6 April 1937
Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States


    Barbara Ann Leigh


    Blaine William Ellis


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World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1927 · Kansas Adopts a Flag

Age 9

The flag of the State of Kansas was adopted on September 24, 1927. The flag was designed by Hazel Avery in 1925.

Age 23

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 English (Warwickshire): apparently a variant of Gourley or Gorley .2 Possibly an Americanized spelling of French Gourlé, from Old French gourle ‘money belt’. Its application as a surname is not clear; it may have been a metonymic occupational name for a maker of such receptacles, or perhaps a nickname for someone who was tight with his money.3 Alternatively, it may be an Americanized form of German Gerling or Gerlich .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Leona Gurley in household of C R Gurley, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Leona Mae Ellis in household of John William Ellis, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Leona Mae Ellis in entry for John W Ellis, "Idaho, World War II Draft Registration Cards,1940-1945"

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