Zelma Mae Ward

12 March 1926–29 December 1985 (Age 59)
Adair, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Zelma Mae

When Zelma Mae Ward was born on 12 March 1926, her father, Charley Earwood Ward, was 33 and her mother, Lillie Mae Capps, was 30. She married Everett R Poor on 15 November 1947. She lived in Stilwell, Adair, Oklahoma, United States in 1930. She died on 29 December 1985, in Keefton, Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Old Green Cemetery, Westville, Adair, Oklahoma, United States.

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Everett R Poor
Zelma Mae Ward
Marriage: 15 November 1947

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15 November 1947

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1941 · Comanche Code Talkers

Age 15

Many Native Americans from Oklahoma were once again employed as code talkers during WWII to create a code impenetrable by enemies. Rather than Choctaw, a Comanche-language code was developed. Several of these men were sent to invade Normandy to send messages. None of the men were killed and the Comanche code was never broken. 
1942 · The Japanese American internment

Age 16

Caused by the tensions between the United States and the Empire of Japan, the internment of Japanese Americans caused many to be forced out of their homes and forcibly relocated into concentration camps in the western states. More than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into these camps in fear that some of them were spies for Japan.

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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Sources (2)

  • Zelma Ward in household of Charley Ward, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Zelma Mae Poor, "Find A Grave Index"

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