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 Anna <I>Gerardy</I> Faivre

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Anna Gerardy Faivre

  • Birth 24 Apr 1861 Doniphan County, Kansas, USA
  • Death 19 May 1948 San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 95239584

From The Pierre Gerardy Family in America, by Evelyn Potter Park, 1979:

Anna Gerardy, daughter of Peter and Caroline (Christel) Gerardy, was born April 24, 1861, at the Gerardy farm home south of Wathena in [Wayne township], Doniphan Co., KS.

As a girl growing up in rural Kansas, Anna did her share to help her family. Being the only girl in the family, she was a great help to her mother in the house. She also helped neighbors' families in times of illness or when there was a new baby. She often aided the doctor in the delivery of the baby. One time while Anna was working for a neighbor's family, increased with a newborn child, a severe rainstorm raised the nearby river over its banks and flooded the family out of their home. Anna, in her teens, waded several miles in waist deep water, with a toddler strapped to her back and another child in her arms, helping to evacuate the endangered family to safety. This severe exposure brought on the malaria which plagued Anna every year of her life until she moved to California.

On Nov. 2, 1881, she was married to Lester Faivre at Peach Grove, [Clay County], KS. They established their first home on a farm in the Idlewild neighborhood of Clay County, Kansas. Later Anna and Lester moved to Clay Center where they lived for a few years before moving to California when in 1914 Anna was chronically ill with malaria and her doctor recommended a change of location. In a train berth and escorted by her son-in-law, Harry Giles, Anna journeyed to Brawley, Imperial Valley, California, where she became well and lived to the age of eighty-seven. Anna's husband, Lester, and daughter, Leonie, with Leonie and Harry's four children, followed a few months later. They lived there a few years before moving to Long Beach and finally settling in San Diego. They resided in San Diego at 4644 Wilson Avenue until they died.

Anna and Lester Faivre had three children:
l. Leonie Bertha Faivre b. Aug. 7, 1882
2 . Adrian Lawrence Faivre b. Apr . 20, 1885
3. Caroline Marie Faivre b. Dec. 1, 1891

Anna died May 19, 1948, at San Diego, California.

Obituary from San Diego Union, May 20, 1948

Mrs. Anna Faivre, 87. a San Diego resident since 1921, died yesterday morning in her home. 3817 Centre St. Services at 3 p.m. Saturday in Bonham Brothers Mortuary will be Mowed by entombment in Cypress View Mausoleum.
Born in Kansas. Mrs. Faivre moved to California in 1913 and resided in Brawley and Long Beach before moving here. Her husband, Lester Faivre, died here in 1938.
Surviving are two daughters. Mrs. Leonie F. Giles, of the Centre St. address, and Mrs. Marie F. Wood, of South Pasadena; a son, Adrian L. Faivre, and a brother, Frank Gerardy, both of Clay Center. Kan.; six granddaughters including Mrs. Mildred Hanna and Mrs. Margaret Correll, both of San Diego: two grandsons, including W. L. Giles, of Del Mar, and eight great-grandchildren.

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  • Created by: Darrell Brown
  • Added: 12 Aug 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 95239584
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anna Gerardy Faivre (24 Apr 1861–19 May 1948), Find A Grave Memorial no. 95239584, citing Cypress View Mausoleum and Crematory, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Darrell Brown (contributor 47458585) .