Clara Annabelle Purcell

10 January 1922–15 May 2003 (Age 81)
Perkins, Payne, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Clara Annabelle

When Clara Annabelle Purcell was born on 10 January 1922, in Perkins, Payne, Oklahoma, United States, her father, Frank Edmond Purcell, was 37 and her mother, Aimie Harriett Platt, was 29. She married Henry Howard Nagel on 24 March 1946, in Denver, Colorado, United States. She lived in Ringwood, Major, Oklahoma, United States in 1935 and Cedar Creek Township, Taney, Missouri, United States in 1940. She died on 15 May 2003, in Grand Junction, Mesa, Colorado, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Grand Junction, Mesa, Colorado, United States.

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Henry Howard Nagel
Clara Annabelle Purcell
Marriage: 24 March 1946

Spouse and Children

24 March 1946
Denver, Colorado, United States

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World Events (8)

1923 · The President Dies of a Heart Attack

Age 1

Warrant G. Harding died of a heart attack in the Palace hotel in San Francisco.
1929 · Denver Airport opens

Age 7

On Oct 17 1929, Denver Municipal Airport opens. Later, in 1964, it would be renamed Stapleton International Airport. It would be replaced by Denver International Airport, 31 years later.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 22

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

English, Welsh, and Irish (of Norman origin): from Old French pourcel ‘piglet’ (Latin porcellus, a diminutive of porcus ‘pig’), hence a metonymic occupational name for a swineherd, or a nickname, perhaps affectionate in tone. This is a common surname in Ireland, having become established there in the 12th century.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Anna Bell Purcell in household of Frank J Dittrich, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Annabell Purcell, "Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936"
  • C. Annabelle Nagel, "BillionGraves Index"

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