Verna Mae York

2 February 1917–16 February 2014 (Age 97)
Montana, United States

The Life Summary of Verna Mae

When Verna Mae York was born on 2 February 1917, in Montana, United States, her father, Jonathan M York, was 35 and her mother, Flossie M. Tinney, was 29. She married Perry Eldon Decker on 3 July 1938, in Plains, Sanders, Montana, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She lived in Spokane, Spokane, Washington, United States in 1935 and School District 4 Libby, Lincoln, Montana, United States in 1940. She died on 16 February 2014, in Oregon, United States, at the age of 97, and was buried in Lincoln, Oregon, United States.

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Perry Eldon Decker
Verna Mae York
Marriage: 3 July 1938
Lola R Pittman

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  • Marriage
    3 July 1938Plains, Sanders, Montana, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1918 · Attempting to Stop the War
    Age 1
    To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
    1918 · Spanish Flu Kills Thousands in Oregon
    Age 1
    The “Spanish Flu,” or the influenza pandemic, claimed the lives of over 50 million across the globe, 450,000 across the U.S., and thousands in Oregon during the years 1918 to 1919.
    1944 · The G.I Bill
    Age 27
    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: habitational name from the city of York in northern England, or perhaps in some cases a regional name from the county of Yorkshire. The surname is now widespread throughout England. Originally, the city bore the British name Eburacum, which probably meant ‘yewtree place’. This was altered by folk etymology into Old English Eoforwīc (from the elements eofor ‘wild boar’ + wīc ‘outlying settlement’). This name was taken over by Scandinavian settlers in the area, who altered it back to opacity in the form Iorvík and eventually Iork, in which form it finally settled by the 13th century. The surname has also been adopted by Jews as an Americanized form of various like-sounding Jewish surnames.

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

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    Sources (23)

    • Verna M Decker in household of Perry E Decker, "United States Census, 1940"
    • Verna York in household of John York, "United States Census, 1920"
    • Verna M York in household of Jonathan M York, "United States Census, 1930"

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