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Lenita Virginia "Lena" Gamble Place
Birth: Jul. 3, 1889
Grant County
New Mexico, USA
Death: Jan., 1981
Yavapai County
Arizona, USA

Lenita Virginia Gamble Place was born July 3, 1889, to George Boyd and Jesusita Para de Pacheco Gamble, in Georgetown, Grant County, New Mexico. She was the fourth child and second girl of a family of eight children born to this family. George B. Gamble was of Irish blood from Tennessee and Jesusita was of Spanish and Aztec Indian blood from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Grandpa Gamble loved his family dearly. He loved his daughters and seemed to have a special love of the little girl, Lenita. She adored her father and had a special love of her mother.

Lena, as she was later called, and my father, Joseph T. Place were childhood sweethearts from the age of six and eight years old. Each seemed to know that when they were grown, they'd be married. On August 10, 1907, they eloped and were married by Judge McAllister, in Solomonville, Graham County, Arizona. They left immediately for Mexico where my father was building railroads. The two oldest boys, William A. and George G. Place were born in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. My mother told of many of the hardships of living in the railroad camps with two babies. She also told of the Mexican Rebels coming into the camps, stealing the work stock and pillaging the food supply in the commissaries. The Revolution got so bad that the Americans had to leave by horseback under cover of night. My father went back later, but my mother stayed in Arizona. She said it was much safer. Her father was very relieved to have her home.

Two more boys, Eaton Lee and Joseph D. were born in Arizona. Eaton died at two years old and the family moved to Texas in 1916. My father got a sizable tract of raw land and put it into cultivation. Between the Revolution in Mexico and the Border trouble caused by WWI, more border security was needed. The Texas Ranger Service put on more men to guard and protect the citizens of Texas. My father joined as a Special Ranger. My mother said they lived through some pretty exciting times during that period. I think the most exciting was when I, as the only girl, was born in 1922.

My mother was a kind and loving mother. She was strict to the point that you were to respect God and your elders, you learned how to work and you were honest. My mother inherited the jolly trait of the Irish blood, and the strict trait of the Spanish Indian blood. She was a true southern lady.

My mother and father lived a long happy sixty-three years together. Dad died in 1970. Mama lived on until January 14, 1981. She is buried beside her beloved husband Joe and two of her children, Eaton Lee and George G. Place in Sheldon Cemetery, Greenlee County, Arizona.

Thank you, Mama for all the things you taught me and for having patience with me when I erred. I miss you each day. You worked hard in your lifetime here, so Rest in Peace, dear Mother.
Family links: 
  George Boyd Gamble (1860 - 1943)
  Jesusita Maria Pacheco de Para Gamble (1863 - 1926)
  Joseph Thomas Place (1887 - 1970)
  William Atherton Place (1908 - 1991)*
  George Boyd Gamble Place (1910 - 1977)*
  Eaton Lee Place (1913 - 1915)*
  Joseph Davis Place (1916 - 1994)*
  Lenita Virginia Gamble Place (1889 - 1981)
  George Boyd Gamble (1891 - 1977)*
*Calculated relationship
Sheldon Cemetery
Greenlee County
Arizona, USA
Plot: Unknown
Created by: Nancy E Brown
Record added: Jan 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23683614
Lenita Virginia Lena <i>Gamble</i> Place
Added by: Nancy E Brown
Lenita Virginia Lena <i>Gamble</i> Place
Added by: Nancy E Brown
Lenita Virginia Lena <i>Gamble</i> Place
Added by: Nancy E Brown
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I was named after my Great Grandmother Lena....I am very proud of my name..My Great Grandmother was a very wonderful Lady..I miss her & love her very much...
- Lena Brown
 Added: Dec. 14, 2011
Rest in Peace, Lena. See you and your family in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Jan. 20, 2011

- Sharla
 Added: May. 2, 2010
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