Ethel Irene Gray

16 March 1921–14 October 2007 (Age 86)
Seattle, King, Washington, United States

The Life of Ethel Irene

When Ethel Irene Gray was born on 16 March 1921, in Seattle, King, Washington, United States, her father, William A Gray, was 32 and her mother, Ethel Irene Thompson, was 25. She married Leonard Walter Bean about 1943. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Blythe, Riverside, California, United States in 1935 and Hemet Judicial Township, Riverside, California, United States in 1940. She died on 14 October 2007, in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada, United States, at the age of 86, and was buried in San Jacinto, Riverside, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Leonard Walter Bean
1918–1998
Ethel Irene Gray
1921–2007
Marriage: about 1943
George Earl Bean
1944–
Kathy Ethel Bean
1946–2021

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
about 1943
children

(2)

    George Earl Bean

    Male1944–Male

    Kathy Ethel Bean

    Female1946–2021Female

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(6)

+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 2

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1934 · Alcatraz Island Becomes Federal Penitentiary

Age 13

Alcatraz Island officially became Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on August 11, 1934. The island is situated in the middle of frigid water and strong currents of the San Francisco Bay, which deemed it virtually inescapable. Alcatraz became known as the toughest prison in America and was seen as a “last resort prison.” Therefore, Alcatraz housed some of America’s most notorious prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert Franklin Stroud. Due to the exorbitant cost of running the prison, and the deterioration of the buildings due to salt spray, Alcatraz Island closed as a penitentiary on March 21, 1963. 
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 23

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

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)

  • Ethel Bean in household of Leonard Bean, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ethel J Gray in household of William Gray, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Gray in entry for Kathy Ethel Bean, "California Birth Index, 1905-1995"

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