Bernice Elizabeth Ann Gray Sherman Ingison Urban

18 November 1911–7 April 1979 (Age 67)
Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan, United States

The Life of Bernice Elizabeth Ann

When Bernice Elizabeth Ann Gray Sherman Ingison Urban was born on 18 November 1911, in Mount Clemens, Macomb, Michigan, United States, her father, Paul Alvin Gray, was 32 and her mother, Ida Louise LaForest, was 31. She married Rowland Sherman on 23 June 1931, in Macomb, Michigan, United States. She lived in Macomb, Michigan, United States in 1935 and Detroit Ward 21, Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States in 1940. She died on 7 April 1979, in Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Our Mother Of Sorrows Cemetery, Reno, Washoe, Nevada, United States.

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Lyle Joseph Wagner Urban
Bernice Elizabeth Ann Gray Sherman Ingison Urban
Marriage: 28 July 1945

Spouse and Children

28 July 1945
Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan, United States

Parents and Siblings



    Belle Adele Gray


    Azalia Sylvia Maria Gray



    Alvin Frances Gray



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World Events (8)

1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 1

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.
1920 · The Detroit Wall

Age 9

The Detroit Wall is a half mile long wall that was constructed to serve as a wall of racial separation as a physical barrier between white and black homeowners in northwest Detroit. Today the wall is mostly gone with only a small portion of it located at a local park.

Age 18

13 million people become unemployed after the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 triggers what becomes known as the Great Depression. President Herbert Hoover rejects direct federal relief.

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for someone with gray hair or a gray beard, from Old English græg ‘gray’. In Scotland and Ireland it has been used as a translation of various Gaelic surnames derived from riabhach ‘brindled’, ‘gray’ ( see Reavey ). In North America this name has assimilated names with similar meaning from other European languages.2 English and Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Graye in Calvados, France, named from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gratus, meaning ‘welcome’, ‘pleasing’ + the locative suffix -acum.3 French and Swiss French: habitational name from Gray in Haute-Saône and Le Gray in Seine-Maritime, both in France, or from Gray-laville in Switzerland, or a regional name from the Swiss canton of Graubünden.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Bernice Ingison in household of Ray Ingison, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Berenice Gray in household of Albion Paul Prudy, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Bernice Urban, "United States Social Security Death Index"

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