Merrill Ray Ward

14 July 1933–11 August 2012 (Age 79)
Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States

The Life of Merrill Ray

When Merrill Ray Ward was born on 14 July 1933, in Bloomington, Bear Lake, Idaho, United States, his father, Peter Erastus Ward, was 45 and his mother, Ida Ann Passey, was 39. He lived in United States in 1940. He died on 11 August 2012, in Randle, Lewis, Washington, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Silver Creek, Lewis, Washington, United States.

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Peter Erastus Ward
Ida Ann Passey
Ada Ward
Glen Passey Ward
Margaret Ward
Scott Rayo Ward
Nora Ward
Willis John Ward
Merrill Ray Ward
Ann Ward
Hugh Clifton Ward

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World Events (8)

1935 · The FBI is Established

Age 2

The Bureau of Investigation's name was changed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to help citizens know that the Government is helping protect from threats both domestically and abroad.
1940 · Galloping Gertie

Age 7

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind guests came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.
1955 · The Civil Rights Movement Begins

Age 22

The civil rights movement was a movement to enforce constitutional and legal rights for African Americans that the other Americans enjoyed. By using nonviolent campaigns, those involved secured new recognition in laws and federal protection of all Americans. Moderators worked with Congress to pass of several pieces of legislation that overturned discriminatory practices.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Old English weard ‘guard’ (used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).2 Irish: reduced form of McWard, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Bhaird ‘son of the poet’. The surname occurs throughout Ireland, where three different branches of the family are known as professional poets.3 Surname adopted by bearers of the Jewish surname Warshawski, Warshawsky or some other Jewish name bearing some similarity to the English name.

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

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Story Highlight

Memories of the Peter and Ida Ward family

Written by family members for a 1991 family reunion. Taken from a history compiled by Marcia Ward Wilson. MARGARET: I remember Mother making a yellow cake (not from a mix). She made it in two laye …

Sources (3)

  • Merrill Roy Ward, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Merrill Ray Ward, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
  • Merrill Ray Ward in household of Peter Erastus Ward, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"

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