Elizabeth Ruth (Nelson) Zaleha (1919 - 1997)

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Elizabeth R (Nelson) Zaleha
1919 - 1997
updated February 06, 2019
Elizabeth Ruth (Nelson) Zaleha was born on August 4, 1919 at Home residence, Denver, Colorado. She was born into the Nelson family and married into the Zaleha family. She was born to Cort Neilson and Anna Marie Jessen, with sibling George. Elizabeth married Daniel Zaleha. She died on November 11, 1997 at Braswell Family Senior Care, Yucaipa, California at age 78.


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Elizabeth Ruth (Nelson) Zaleha

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Elizabeth Zaleha was born on at Home residence, in Denver, Denver County, Colorado United States


Elizabeth Zaleha died on at Braswell Family Senior Care, in Yucaipa, California United States

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at riverside national cemetary, 22495 van buren boulevard, in riverside, riverside county, California us



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United States


Seventh-day Adventist

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Braswell Family Senior Care, in Yucaipa, San Bernardino County, California


Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Pacific Union College, 1943


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Branch of service: Us Army Air Corps
Rank attained: CPL
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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Elizabeth Ruth (Nelson) Zaleha & Daniel Zaleha

Elizabeth Ruth (Nelson) Zaleha


Daniel Zaleha
May 23, 1920 - Nov 9, 1994
San Bernardino, CA


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Elizabeth Ruth (Nelson) Zaleha passed away on November 11, 1997 at Braswell Family Senior Care, Yucaipa, California at 78 years old. She was buried in riverside national cemetary, riverside, California us. She was born on August 4, 1919 at Home residence, Denver, Colorado. She was born to Cort Neilson and Anna Marie Jessen, with sibling George. Elizabeth married Daniel Zaleha.
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1919 - 1997 World Events

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In 1919, in the year that Elizabeth Ruth (Nelson) Zaleha was born, in January, Nebraska was the 36th state to ratify the 18th Amendment, making it the law of the land. The 18th Amendment established Prohibition - a law against the production, transport, and sale of alcohol. Private consumption and possession were not prohibited. Several months later, the Volstead Act was passed, creating laws to enforce the Amendment. Bootlegging and bathtub gin followed.

In 1927, Elizabeth was just 8 years old when aviator and media darling Charles Lindbergh, age 25, made the first successful solo TransAtlantic flight. "Lucky Lindy" took off from Long Island in New York and flew to Paris, covering  3,600 statute miles and flying for 33 1⁄2-hours. His plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" was a fabric-covered, single-seat, single-engine "Ryan NYP" high-wing monoplane designed by both Lindbergh and the manufacturer's chief engineer.

In 1944, she was 25 years old when on December 16th, The Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes forest on the Western Front. Lasting for a little over a month, the battle began with a surprise attack by Germany on the Allied forces The U.S. suffered their highest casualties of any operation in World War II - 89,000 were casualties, around 8,600 killed - but Germany also severely depleted their resources and they couldn't be replaced.

In 1988, when she was 69 years old, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

In 1997, in the year of Elizabeth Ruth (Nelson) Zaleha's passing, on June 26th, the first Harry Potter book by J. K. Rowling was released. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" was an immediate success and spawned not only sequels but also movies, video games, plays, and amusement park attractions. J.K. Rowling, at the time of the first book a poor single mother, has become a multi-billionaire.

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United States
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Born: around 1918
Ohio, United States
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Born: around 1925
United States
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United States

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Daphna Nelson
Apr 28, 1916 - Jan 31, 1992
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Dec 21, 1917 - December 1977
Lucille Nelson
Oct 31, 1903 - January 1980
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Jun 25, 1927 - May 1954
Ralph P Nelson
Dec 31, 1924 - Jun 7, 2002
Laporte, CO
C A Nelson
Jul 6, 1895 - Dec 31, 1990
Longmont, CO
Robert v Nelson
Feb 5, 1931 - Apr 30, 1993
George Nelson
Mar 4, 1900 - September 1986
Longmont, Colorado
Wayne A Nelson
Nov 11, 1929 - May 17, 2004
Tucson, AZ
Lorene L Nelson
Nov 11, 1918 - January 1992
Fred Nelson
Oct 26, 1931 - April 1979
Herbert H Nelson
Jul 5, 1935 - Aug 25, 2007
Carbondale, CO
Ronald Nelson
Dec 29, 1934 - July 1965
Alvin A Nelson
Jun 12, 1924 - Feb 17, 2000
Burlington, CO
Robert J Nelson
Jan 26, 1934 - Nov 25, 1998
Fairfield, OH
Jean S Nelson
Feb 8, 1933 - Mar 29, 2004
Denver, CO
Jean v Nelson
Mar 19, 1933 - Dec 27, 2010
Deming, New Mexico
Lars W Nelson
Aug 27, 1933 - Apr 30, 2009
Canon City, CO
Katharine Nelson
Jul 21, 1895 - February 1987
Johnstown, Colorado
Willard L Nelson
Nov 3, 1906 - Sep 28, 1990
Sun City, AZ

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