|Birth: ||Oct. 23, 1912|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Sep. 26, 2009|
Marion Iola Laflin was the only child of Clara Nice Sauer Laflin and James Albert "Bert" Laflin. Her father was a leader of the Magonista insurgency in Baja, Mexico during the Mexican Revolution in 1911. He was later a pioneer film director of the silent film era, for which he used the pseudonym James B. Saylin. On her maternal line Mrs. Berg was the granddaughter of San Diego journalist Abraham R. Sauer, publisher of the weekly "San Diego Herald" newspaper, and Alice van Aernam Sauer. On her paternal line she was the granddaughter of San Francisco saloon proprietor and shipping operator, James "Jimmy" Laflin and his second wife, Lillie Kelleher Laflin. Through her van Aernam ancestors she was descended from many of the earliest Dutch settlers of New York and was related to many of the pioneer families of Colonial New York and New England. For much of her childhood Mrs. Berg lived with her grandparents, the Sauers, in San Diego while her mother and stepfather, Lt. Cdr. John Jacob Haas (see memorial #3403869), resided in China and the Philippines during Cdr. Haas's service there with the U.S. Navy. Mrs. Berg was educated at San Diego's Academy of Our Lady of Peace and at San Diego High School and attended San Diego State College. Mrs. Berg sometimes also used the middle name "Pauline," which she added in memory of a friend while in her teens. On December 17, 1932 she was married in Pensacola, FL to Lt. James Albert "Pete" Murphy of Marlin, TX, a pioneer naval aviator who lost his life in a 1938 plane crash in San Francisco. During their marriage, the Murphys resided in Pensacola, FL, Coronado, CA, Philadelphia, PA, and Honolulu, HI. On April 11, 1943 in New York City she married Warner Edward Berg of Jamestown, NY and after the close of his naval service in World War II settled with him in the San Francisco Bay Area where he was an executive with the Fibreboard Corporation. They also lived in New York City for several years in the mid 1950s before returning to the Bay Area. In March 1969 they moved to Shreveport.
Mrs. Berg was active for many years in the Newcomer's Club of Shreveport and the Questers Antiques Study Club, of which she was a charter member of the Bayou Chapter of Shreveport.
Mrs. Berg was a property owner and investor in Shreveport, both with her husband and independently. Above all else, she treasured her family -- and they her.
Although her first husband, Pete Murphy, is buried beside her mother and stepfather at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA, Mrs. Berg was laid to rest in Shreveport's Forest Park Cemetery beside her husband of fifty years, Warner E. Berg.
Clara Nice Sauer Haas (1888 - 1962)
James Albert Murphy (1907 - 1938)
Warner Edward Berg (1909 - 1993)
Forest Park East Cemetery
Plot: §24, lot 137 (north half)
Created by: Eric J. Brock
Record added: Sep 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58207810