Venita Swank

1918–2011 (Age 93)
United States

The Life of Venita

When Venita Swank was born on 21 October 1918, in United States, her father, Rollie Marion Swank, was 38 and her mother, Sophina Inez Pruett, was 28. She married William A. Rice on 10 May 1939, in Athol, Smith, Kansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Lane Township, Smith, Kansas, United States in 1940 and Kensington, Boshof, Orange Free State, South Africa in 2008. She died on 9 October 2011, at the age of 92, and was buried in Athol, Smith, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Venita Swank
William A. Rice
Marriage: 10 May 1939
Rebecca Sue Rice

Spouse & Children

10 May 1939
Athol, Smith, Kansas, United States


  • Rebecca Sue Rice


Parents & Siblings



  • Female1908–2005Female

  • Mildred Lucille Swank


  • Female1918–2011Female

  • Lois Swank


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 The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.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.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 26

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schwank or Schwenk .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Veneta Swank in household of Rowl F Swank, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Veneta Swank in household of Rolla Swank, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Venita Rice in household of William A Rice, "United States Census, 1940"

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